Dead Write

Forensic Handwriting Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Anna Crowe
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
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Sheila Lowe’s mysteries “just keep getting better” (American Chronicle) thanks to feisty forensic handwriting expert Claudia Rose, who knows that when it comes to solving a murder, sometimes, the pen can be mightier than the sword.

Claudia heads to the Big Apple at the behest of Grusha Olinetsky, the notorious founder of an elite dating service whose members are mysteriously dying. The assignment puts Claudia at odds with her boyfriend, LAPD detective Joel Jovanic, who suspects Grusha herself is trouble.

Drawn into the feckless lives of the rich and single, Claudia finds herself enmeshed in a twisted world of love and lies fueled by desperation. But desperate enough to kill? Clues in the suspects’ handwriting might help Claudia save Grusha’s already dubious reputation before the names of more victims are scribbled into someone’s little black book.

“Sheila Lowe is the Kathy Reichs of forensic handwriting - a rip-roaring read.” (Deborah Crombie, national best-selling author of Necessary as Blood)

©2016 Sheila Lowe (P)2019 Sheila Lowe

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Great story!

Great story! Excellent characters and storyline. If the other books in this series are this good, I am definitely interested in exploring this series more!


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Dead Write, Forensic Handwriting Series, Book 3. My third read from author Sheila Lowe and the third book in the Forensic Handwriting Series. Good, well-written mystery, even better than the first two books. The characters likable & attention holding. The plot and the sub-plot were both well-developed. I'll definitely be reading more in this series. I was impressed and enjoyed the vocal variety & inflections of narrator Anna Crowe. I look forward to reading more in this series & from this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018)

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Another exciting adventure for Claudia............

Dead Write is the third book in this series featuring Claudia Rose, a forensic handwriting expert, but it can easily be read as a standalone. I have read all of the published books, but I accidentally read them in reverse order and had no trouble bouncing back in time. Dead Write sees a much more emotional and uncertain Claudia than I have seen in future books. She is newer to and less sure in her relationship with her boyfriend, LAPD Detective Joel Jovanich, and it was interesting to see that side of the usually spunky and confident Claudia. Professionally, she is feeling especially challenged, too, when she takes on the job of analyzing the handwriting of members of an elite match making club. A high number of young women in this club have been dying in bizarre accidents, and Claudia painstakingly pieces together the clues to a shocking ending. I was not only completely surprised by the perpetrator of the scheme, but equally surprised by the motive. Lowe sprinkles in fascinating handwriting analysis tricks and truths throughout the story, and it is difficult for me to decide what is my favorite part; the intrigue, the romance, the action, or the knowledge, so I just enjoy them all!

Anna Crowe narrates most of the books in this amazing series, and she always does a phenomenal job with her performance. I can't imagine a better choice for Claudia's no-nonsense (but secretly soft) personality. Crowe differentiates well between the male and female characters, and her delivery is flawless. I am looking forward to many more collaborations between this talented author and narrator.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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Great Series

I have to say this series is great. First off I read this book 4 years ago in paperback and thought it was okay. But listening to it read to me by Anna Crowe really made the book come alive for me. I enjoyed the story in a way I had not before. It's hard to explain, kinda like making the characters 3 dimensional. I was gifted this book with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

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Fascinating!

forensics, procedural, suspense, thriller

Claudia, an insightful forensic graphologist, residing in California responds to a demand by a supercilious matchmaker in NYC to be flown there and back plus a handsome salary to do some interesting work. Of course it involves finding more than just personality traits and even becomes an investigation into murders that appear to be natural causes. Very intense and twisty! There are her own personal issues back home, and some levity, but it really shines as a mystery.
One thing I am thankful for is that my reading the books out of order is irrelevant to my enjoyment. Another is the skilled audio interpretation done by Anna Crowe

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Wow!!! What a book!

Sheila Lowe fascinated me with Dead Write. I love the science behind this author's writing. I learn so much from her books, and find the attention to details and imagery to be spot on. The main character in this book is endearing and compelling. Her love interest is also a great and supportive guy. This book is both part of a series and a standalone listen. Anna Crowe is magical bringing the characters to life with her voice. I can hear who is speaking, and she does wonderful voices for both genders. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will most definitely listen to more books by the author and narrator. Kudos to the author for not making the killer obvious. I hadn't figured it out, and I loved the twist with the employer!

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A Different Type of Detective

I came across this series a few years ago and got hooked on it. Claudia Rose is not your average detective. Her profession in forensic handwriting gives her (and us) great insight into each suspect's true character. She's not afraid to dig deep into investigating accidental deaths which she is sure are murders. Anna Crowe does a great job reading this intriguing mystery.
I'm so glad this series is now available in audio!
I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Great Grapho-Mystery & Great character.

Claudia Rose is a great character to follow as she uses her graphology (also called handwriting analysis) skills to determine who at the dating-match company has the potential to kill. As the number of murders grows, Claudia's list of suspects narrows, with her escapes from harm narrowing along with it. As a graphologist and as a mystery lover, I adore the personal and forensic mysteries that Claudia Rose solves.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-29-19

Lady, I see strange things every day of the year.


Handwriting expert, Claudia Rose, is engaged by celebrity marriage maker, owner of Elite Dating, Baroness Grusha Olinetsky, to examine the applications of several of her clients. But, although well paid, it is conditional on Claudia travelling to New York to meet with Grusha in person and Claudia almost refused until leading that the post had previously be held by her despised, unscrupulous rival, Andrew Nicolson. Once established in her hotel, Claudia is surprised to learn that three of the owners of the six handwritten papers were dead - why was she expected to give opinions on the nature of people no longer in the dating group? Despite declaring that she is not a detective and has no intention of looking into a possible crime, that is exactly what she does do.

Although there is an ongoing background story, each of the Claudia Rose books are fully stand alone as any pertinent details are given but in such a way as to not annoy those already acquainted with the characters. The main point of interest revolves around the handwriting analysis results given, in sufficient detail to wet the reader's imagination whilst remaining sufficiently brief not to bore. The insights hinted at are fascinating, and Ms.Lowe knows what she is writing about as she is, herself, an handwriting analyst who sometimes is called as an expert witness in trials. This story is interesting, a who dun it? mystery with a little excitement included not only at the conclusion but also mid book when she foolishly accepts a dinner invitation which goes wrong. The whole story does seem implausible but is, nevertheless, an enjoyable light read.

The book is performed with skill by Anna Crowe, whose very pleasant voice delivers the text with expression, good pacing and excellent intonation. Her voicing of the individual characters is also distinct and her narration adds to the overall enjoyment of the book

My thanks to the rights holder of Dead Write, by Sheila Lowe, who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. I very much enjoy this series, have even felt myself tempted to discover more about handwriting analysis as a result of reading them, so fascinating are the small insights revealed. Definitely recommended for readers who enjoy sometimes bizarre characters and clean, interesting mysteries - with that added touch of reality from the expert

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  • Michelle Nieuwoudt
  • 11-27-19

Intriuing

Very interesting to learn about handwriting analysis and how it revealed some interesting secrets. Sheila kept me wondering right till the end.