Monday, August 3, 2009

Review - Written in Blood by Sheila Lowe

Written in Blood by Sheila Lowe

306 pages
published 09/08

Synopsis from publisher:

The widow of a rich, older man, Paige Sorensen is younger than—and hated by—her stepchildren. And they’re dead set on proving that she forged their father’s signature on his will, which left his entire estate, including the Sorensen Academy for Girls, to her. Claudia admits she’s intrigued by this real-life soap opera, and breaks her first rule: never get personally involved. But she’s grown attached to a troubled Sorensen student—and when disaster strikes, she’ll realize that reading between the lines can mean the difference between life and death…

My thoughts:

This book was a lot of fun. Lowe's heroine, Claudia Rose, is a handwriting analyst, which is something I've always been fascinated by, so I found those parts of the story to be incredibly interesting. Lowe is a professional graphologist as well as an author, and she uses her years in the business to make Claudia an interesting, well-rounded character. I found some of her secondary characters to be not quite as vividly drawn, but each was fleshed out enough to keep from feeling like a stereotype.

The mystery itself was fast paced and entertaining, and while I had several ideas about who the bad guy was, Lowe kept me guessing up until the end. This is the second book in what has the potential to be a great series, and I definitely plan to keep reading. The third book in the series, Dead Write, will be available August 4. I enjoyed reading this very much!

Finished: 8/2/09
Source - the author (Thank you!)
Rating: 8/10


Beth F said...

I love a good series. I'll add this to my list.

bermudaonion said...

This sounds like a good mystery with a different twist.

Serena said...

sounds like a fun book

Cathy said...

I really enjoyed the first book, and just received this one from PBS. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the review!

Violet said...

I have a feeling I will love this book. I love the cover too. I don't think I've read anything with a handwriting analyst in it.

Zibilee said...

Handwriting analysis is something that interests me too. I have read a couple of books that feature it, but not many. I think I may want to give this book a try, it sounds like a fun read.