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In the dead of winter, handwriting expert Claudia Rose journeys to Maine to retrieve a manuscript about convicted female serial killer, Roxanne Becker. The manuscript, written by Professor Madeleine Maynard, who was, herself, brutally murdered, exposes a shocking secret: explosive research about a group of mentally unstable grad students selected for a special project and dubbed “Maynard’s Maniacs”. Was Madeleine conducting research that was at best, unprofessional - and at worst, downright harmful and potentially dangerous? Could that unorthodox research have turned deadly? 

Claudia finds herself swept up in the mystery of Madeleine’s life - and death. But Claudia soon realizes that Madeleine left behind more questions than answers, and no shortage of suspects. The professor’s personal life yields a number of persons who might have wanted her dead, and her academic success and personal fortune clearly made her the envy of fellow faculty members.

The university anticipates being the beneficiary of Madeline’s estate but that seems in question when a charming stranger, claiming to be Madeleine’s nephew, turns up brandishing a new will. The local police chief prevails upon Claudia to travel into town to examine the newly produced, handwritten will. Rushing back to Madeleine’s isolated house to escape an impending storm, Claudia becomes trapped in a blizzard. With a killer.

©2017 Sheila Lowe (P)2018 Sheila Lowe

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All the elements of a good Mystery.

This Audio Book is a hybrid of a Mystery and thriller with suspense and a glimpse into handwriting analysis.

This field requires a basic understanding of the psychology of the individual you are examining, so the Writer can create
a different view of the characters being observed.It makes for an entertaining and interesting read.

The Narrator the key to any good Audio Book gives a great performance.






This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Dee
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  • 06-25-18

Great mystery!

This is book seven in the series so I'm really late to this party. At least I'm finally here. What a great concept for a mystery!

I had to do some catching up to get info Claudia, Zebediah's, and Jovanic's world but this was still a complete listen. The mystery had so many movable parts that the whodunnit, which made perfect sense, was still a complete surprise.

I loved the narrator. Crowe was tasked with creating quite a few different personas and she didn't miss a beat.

I may go back and listen to some earlier books but I will definitely be on the lookout for any new books in this series.

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solving murder using forensic handwriting...

Claudia is a handwriting expert and has been asked by a friend to travel to Maine and retrieve the manuscript of Professor Madeline Maynard. The professor was writing a book on convicted serial killer Roxanne Becker when she died. Claudia figures that it will be a quick trip...except when she arrives, she learns that the professor was murdered, and the police are still searching for the killer. In addition, a man arrives claiming to be the professor's heir and produces a new will. The police enlists Claudia's help to determine the validity of this new, hand written will of the professor's. During Claudia's search for the manuscript, as well as an interview with Roxanne, she discovers that Professor Maynard wasn't the 'saint' that she's been made to be. What she discovers will shock you, as well as the identity of the killer. The information that can be gleaned about someone just from their handwriting is surprising...think that I'll be using text and computer from here on :-). Great book...loved the HEA...and great narration.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Great

It was a great story I really liked all the characters and the narrator did a great job thank you for putting this audiobook on audiobook boom and for the code so I could listen

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My First Forensic Handwriting!

This book was enjoyable, as it was my first Forensic Handwriting story I was unsure how it was going to be. I was pleasantly surprised it was quite good. Solid mystery with some twists and turns. I love winter isolation mysteries so that was an added bonus. I would be interested in listening to others in the series and overall have no complaints other than it wrapped up on the quick side. The narration was great, and I look forward to more. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you!

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A FANTASTIC MYSTERY & THRILLER

WRITTEN OFF is the seventh book in the Forensic Handwriting series. I asked and was assured that it could be read as a stand-alone. I was not disappointed.

Wow! What a fantastic mystery! Well-written and wonderfully twisted, it kept me guessing right until the end. The subject was unique and psychologically thrilling.

I loved the main character, Claudia. She is intelligent, experienced, an expert in her field, and still able to convey femininity. Proof that a strong woman does not have to be a b!tch.

This was the first book I have read from Sheila Lowe. I am so glad that I did. I would love to listen to more of this series!

Narration: The narrator is amazing. Anna Crowe does a superb job of bringing all of the characters to life

Note: while I was given this book as a gifted audiobook copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.


Title: WRITTEN OFF
Series: Forensic Handwriting #7
Category /Genre: Suspense
Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content
Listenability: OK
Received from: Sheila Lowe (as an Audible gifted copy)

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Excellent Read!

I am a fan of Claudia Rose. I have read every one of the books in the series but this was by far my favorite. Great characters lots of suspense. My favorite part was the ending. For lovers of Claudia this was perfect!

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Awesome story!

Claudia Rose is asked to travel to Maine as a favor to a friend to pick-up a manuscript that a deceased college professor Madeline Maynard was working on. Claudia's skills as a handwriting analyst come into play when she interacts with Madeline's coworkers, students, and locals. Soon, she's involved in solving the mystery of Madeline's murder.

This is the first book in the Claudia Rose series that I've listened to, so I don't know much of the backstory. However, I didn't feel lost or confused about who the characters are.

The author draws on different elements to create a well-rounded story. The setting - a cold Maine winter and an old house are the perfect backdrops! Claudia skills as a handwriting expert give us insight into who the characters are and while adding depth to the investigation. The characters all have their own secrets and motives. The sciences of writing analysis and psychology add to the story and character motivations without being too dry.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review


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Another excellent read from Sheila Lowe

My sixth read from author Sheila Lowe & my fifth read in the Forensic Handwriting Series. An excellent well-written mystery, with every book she writes Lowe continues to sculpt her craft and gets better & better. The characters likable & attention holding. The plot and the sub-plot were both well-developed. Narrator Anne Crowe did a wonderful job in the narration adding greatly yo my enjoyment.

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Well written mystery

I had never heard of the author, Sheila Lowe, before but the premise sounded interesting so I decided to give this book a shot. Although it is book 7 in a series, it is a stand alone book. The main character, Claudia, is a handwriting expert. She is able to look at someones handwriting and see various personality characteristics. While her skill does not allow her to look at handwriting and determine who the murderer is, she can see who has traits that would give them the capacity to kill. Part way through the book I actually looked up the author and it turns out she, herself, is a handwriting expert so that explains why she had so much knowledge in this field. This mystery was very well written and I had no idea who the killer was until the end. The narrator read the story in a clear and easy to understand manner. If I had to come up with a complaint, it would be that the different voices the narrator used for different characters were mostly the same but I was never confused wondering who was speaking.

I would recommend this book and may listen to the previous books in the series at some time in the future. After all is said and done I was left with one question though, what does my handwriting say about me? This book was given to me free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-01-18

Handwriting shows potential, not outcome.

Female serial killers are rare. The professor at a small university in Maine who specialised in abnormal clinical psychology and murderers in particular, was near the completion of her book, The Making of a Serial Killer, when she was found dead, apparently herself a murder victim. With a three month deadline to meet, Maddie's publishers ask her long time ex husband if he will finish it on her behalf. He agrees, but, unable to travel, asks his good friend and and writing expert, Claudia Rose, to fly to Maine on his behalf to both collect the manuscript and visit the subject of the book, the still imprisoned and notorious Roxanne Becker, for a final interview. So Claudia finds herself in cold and snowy Maine, just after Christmas, living in Maddie's cottage close to where she died, with the problem of locating the author's missing notes.

This well written and crafted novel, presented in the third person but from Claudia's perspective, is intriguing from the beginning. Who might have murdered her, and why? The addition of the small group of Maddie's Misfits, also called the Maniacs, several students especially loyal to and tutored by the dead woman, expands the number of interested protagonists and collegic jealousies and politics further increase the possibilities. As Claudia looks at the handwriting of a number of those closely associated with the author, it quickly becomes obvious that something was not right.

This excellent audiobook is narrated by the talented Anna Crowe, who's pleasant, well modulated voice is warm and full of expression. She matches the pace and emotional impact of the text with precision and, although the protagonist's vocal definition is mostly only slight, it is sufficient to be both distinctive and further add character to an already well defined set of players. As a very interesting aspect of the story, the reader is also introduced to the basics of handwriting as a means of understanding personality and possible psychological strengths and weaknesses.

My thanks to the rights holder of Written Off who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. I had not read any of Sheila Lowe's books previously and feel most fortunate to have now discovered her. I look forward to reading more of her novels in the future. A very enjoyable story, well written and narrated. Recommended.

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  • Ostfeld
  • 06-29-18

Totally surprised !!!

Sheila Lowe have really surprised me with her beautifully written story, coupled with Anna Crowe narrating a real masterpiece was born.
I was so sure that this won’t be my kind of a book and wow how I was wrong.
I’ve learned so much about hand writing and much more, great surprises and twists that kept me listening with a big difficulty of taking breaks.

I hope that more audiobooks by this author are on the way, I’D love to review each and every one of them.

I fully recommend this book to all.



I believe that my review was honest even so that I got the book for free.