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What should have been a routine afternoon on the witness stand for forensic handwriting expert Claudia Rose turns into a shocking assault that leaves her bruised and bloodied. Following on the heels of a series of other traumatic events, the attack sends Claudia to the brink of a breakdown. Her fiancé, LAPD Homicide Detective Joel Jovanic, learns of the attack while leading a homicide investigation into a mailbox bomb. 

An innocent housekeeper in the tony Venice neighborhood is dead, and the homeowner is the CEO of a major pesticide-producing corporation that has been targeted in the past. When a notebook found in a geocache near the crime scene leads to the protest group People for Safe Food, Jovanic needs Claudia to identify the handwriting of a suspected eco-terrorist.

Though she may have recovered physically from the assault weeks later, Claudia’s fears continue to plague her. Desperate to get away, she accepts an invitation to lecture in the UK, but her trip turns into a nightmare when she runs afoul of both the FBI and New Scotland Yard. Jovanic’s homicide case has followed her to London where she finds herself unexpectedly allied with the chief suspect.

©2016 Sheila Lowe (P)2018 Sheila Lowe

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A fresh new twist on a crime story

This book is so different from your traditional crime stories.. with out giving away too much, i highly recommend this audio book to those looking for a new take on crime and how they are solved.

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Best I've Read all year !!

"This book was absolutely the best. Fast moving, page turner, and very hard to put down."

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Absolutely intriguing mystery...........

Outside the Lines is a mystery featuring forensic handwriting expert Claudia Rose and her fiance, Joel Janovic. Although this is the sixth book in the series, I had no problem picking right up with the background and characters. This book starts with the mailbox bombing at a pesticide company CEO's house which Janovic is investigating. Due to her expert witness status as a forensic handwriting analyst, Claudia is quickly drawn into his investigation. Lowe gives the reader a fascinating look at what handwriting indicates about an individual's personality, mental state, financial status, etc., all while crafting a true police procedural that kept me guessing until the big reveal. The story bounces between Claudia and Janovic's experiences as they work together from completely different directions to solve this convoluted mystery. Even better than their working relationship as a crime solving team is the true passion, love and respect these two have for each other. I think that was actually my favorite part of this story, and I hope to read many more books featuring them in the future.

Anna Crowe's narration was fantastic. She has a beautiful, smooth voice, and she differentiated equally well between male and female characters. Crowe brought even more depth to an already exciting and intriguing story.

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

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another great book

a wonderfully written book as the all series is a very enjoyable listen to have the narrator did a great job as well

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  • Jan M
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  • 12-23-18

Awesome Listen!

Outside the Lines by Sheila Lowe pulled me in immediately. I really liked the characters of Claudia and Joel. The plot of the book was well developed and I found myself wondering who's the bomber, is the victim really the target. The imagery and twists are wonderful in this book. The narration by Anna Crowe was spot on. She gave the right emotions and urgency to the situations. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. This book is part of a series and a standalone listen.

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Overall a good story

I like the story, it was entertaining.

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

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Excellent

This was a fantastic story about hand writing expert and her detective boyfriend. This story was full of action and kept me on the edge of my seat wondering who was behind the bombing. I would leave to read more in this series. I recd this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Suzan
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  • 12-28-18

Great Cozy

Sheila Lowe does a wonderful job of writing this series. I enjoy these stories. Sheila is a real-life forensic handwriting examiner. I especially enjoyed the insights provided into how handwriting analysts work and the details of handwriting that provide clues to the writer's personality. Anna Crowe does a excellent job of narrating this book. I was gifted this audiobook with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

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Best book in the series so far!

My seventh read from author Sheila Lowe and the sixth book in the Forensic Handwriting Series. Good, well-written mystery that takes off like a jet from an aircraft carrier in the opening pages and never lets up! 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. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. I'll definitely be reading more in this series as new books come up.

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  • medy
  • 01-18-19

Outside the Lines

This great novel sets the listeners /reader on an emotional roller coaster ride that you do not want to get off. Enjoyed the whole audio book.

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  • Mac
  • 01-08-19

Brilliant

Loved this book. Awesome storyline and great characters. I highly recommended this book. The narrators were spot on too.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 12-25-18

A tangled web, and all that.

Whilst appearing as an expert witness for the prosecution, Claudia is badly beaten up and almost strangled when the accused manages to leap free during a contrived incident in the court. Bruised and terrified, she finds her confidence gone during her convalesence, afraid to leave her home. To get far away from the streets where she fears further retribution from the attacker's gang of friends, she accepts the offer of an all expenses paid trip to London as the headline speaker at a conference being held there by girlfriend, Daphne, leaving her police officer fiancee behind to continue the investigation into the death of a maid in one of the more affluent areas of L.A.
But London holds it's own dangers and Claudia finds her skills as an handwriting expert in demand from more than just the conference as the case in L.A. seems to intertwine with others in England. Once again, she finds herself reluctantly drawn into possible danger.

Sheila Lowe has, with Outside the Lines, written another intriguing thriller of corruption, murder and double dealing, this time with international implications. As a Brit, the time Claudia spends in London, and later in Cambridge, are especially enjoyable as the author conjures up the atmosphere of both the place and the people well. The handwriting analysis passages are also fascinating, causing this reader to want to know much more. 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, although her Irish accent certainly needs refinement, her narration overall adds to the enjoyment of the book.

My thanks to the rights holder of Outside the Lines, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. Another good stand alone story in the forensic handwriting series.

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  • Ostfeld
  • 12-20-18

She sure can spin a tell.

Sheila Lowe surely knows how to write.
This is not the first my first book of hers and I hope it’s not the last but this story disappointed me somewhat.
What I mean by that is that there are whole parts ( like the hand writing expert ) was not necessary, this case was solved by an old fashioned detective work and the motive also didn’t make sense, yes it would have cost money to change the factory but with the new patent the money is not a problem any more so no motive, about bad PR, it seems to me that a new healthy formula would bring good PR so again no motive.
The whole book was great till the end which was to quick ( it was like 9 good hours of a story and about 10 minutes of a hurry up endings ) and badly done, which is why it disappointed me because it was really good and hard to put down.

This is a good book with a quick ending ( I listened to it in audio but it feels like that she raps it all up in one page ).
Even so I still would recommend this book, it was 9 hours of good and she sure writes very well.
It’s one of those books that I would say decide for yourself.




Got this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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