Dead Letters

Dead Letters is the next Claudia Rose book, and part of it takes place in Egypt. I’ve always been fascinated with Ancient Egypt. It probably started when my cousins went to live there and brought back a fez. Or maybe it was from a past life. After all, I have been told by psychics that I was a scribe. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Handwriting analyst, mystery writer…

Friends and family know what to give me for birthdays and Christmas, and I haunt the new age shops and eBay for statuettes and copies of other artifacts. I admit it, I’m an Egypt junkie. The photo below shows two shelves in my living room–not the entire collection, mind you.

I’ve never been to Egypt but this handsome dude, my younger son, Ben, (aka “Stoli” the rock star), has performed in Cairo. Doesn’t he look like a pharaoh? I’m not as brave as Claudia, traveling to the middle east in these difficult times. But between Ben, my editor, Ellen Larson, who used to live there, and several other friends who are intimately acquainted with this amazing country, plus my own driving need to do it justice, I believe I can make Dead Letters work.

Who is Monica?

If you are familiar with my Forensic Handwriting series, you’ll know that Monica is Claudia Rose’s teenage niece. She’s the innocent foil to her friend Annabelle’ darker personality–Snow White and Rose Red, as Claudia calls them. In Dead Letters, Monica gets her turn at the forefront when she goes on an archeological dig and…well, things happen.

Monica’s dad, Pete, has his own big problem when he’s arrested for a crime he did not commit. That means he can’t go to Egypt to rescue his baby girl, so of course, Claudia must go in his stead.

Now that I’ve told you about it, I guess I’d better get writing. But first, an announcement: Book 3, Dead Write, was just released in audiobook. If you’d like to listen for free, I have a few promo codes. First come, first served. Email me: Meanwhile, here’s a sample, narrated by the fabulous Anna Crowe. Links to all the audiobooks can be found here.

New book for handwriting analysts

My new non-fiction book, Succeeding in the Business of Handwriting Analysis is the result of more than fifty years’ experience and practice. I wrote it for people who want to start practicing professional. It’s the book I would like to have had when I entered the field. Succeeding in the Business of Handwriting Analysis doesn’t promise to make you a millionaire but it does cover a lot of helpful ground.

Here are a few of the wide-ranging topics included:

  • The kind of education you need to become a competent handwriting professional
  • Terminology you should and should not use
  • How to prepare legally sound reports
  • Your professional image
  • Marketing your practice
  • Legal aspects of analyzing handwriting
  • Relationship compatibility
  • Employment profiling

Reading this book is the first step to starting your successful practice or boost the one you already have. It doesn’t matter what method of analysis you use or what school you attended. There’s plenty for you to learn.

It’s available in e-book or in print. You can order it from my online store or Amazon. If you would like an autograph for any of my books, send me an email with your address and I will put a signed bookplate in the mail for you.

Succeeding in the Business of Handwriting Analysis

Succeeding in the Business of Handwriting Analysis comes from fifty years’ experience and practice. My latest non-fiction book doesn’t promise to make you a millionaire, but it covers a lot of ground. Wide-ranging topics include the following:

  • The kind of education you need to become a competent handwriting professional
  • Terminology you should and should not use
  • How to prepare legally sound reports
  • Your professional image
  • Marketing your practice
  • Legal aspects of analyzing handwriting
  • Relationship compatibility
  • Employment profiling
        • and much more.


Publisher: Vanguard Publishing
Available in: Paperback, PDF, and Kindle
ISBN: 1072433079
Published: June 22, 2019

Proof of Life

Proof of Life is my latest work of fiction and part of a new series. Read the prequel, What She Saw, to discover the beginning of Jessica Mack’s story.

Since recovering from amnesia five years ago, Jessica Mack has done her best to ignore the voices that plague her from the spirit world. But when FBI agent Zach Smith wants her to use her “gift” to find an abducted four-year-old, she is forced to listen. Time is running out as Jessica, and Sage Boles, a man with a mysterious past, are guided by the voices to a seance, where they hope to get clues to the child’s whereabouts.

Comments from respected mediums and other readers about Proof of Life

“A delicious glimpse at what happens when the veil between the two worlds unexpectedly parts. I dare you to put this book down!” – Suzanne Giesemann, author of Messages of Hope

“Fiction can sometimes be a powerful and inspirational way to teach us about life and the afterlife. Proof of Life celebrates this truth.” – Gary E. Schwartz, PhD, University of Arizona, Author of “The Afterlife Experiments”

“A compassionate heroine bridges the divide between the spirit world and earthly evil in this well-paced thriller. Proof of Life will keep readers flipping pages all night!” S.W. Hubbard, Author of Another Man’s Treasure

“A wonderfully human voice, intense emotions, and a deep dive into the Afterlife. Lowe has created a brilliant backdrop in PROOF OF LIFE, allowing readers to explore life-altering questions via the eminently likable Jessica Mack.“ —K.J. Howe, international bestselling author of SKYJACK

“Proof of Life is a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story that explores the universe beyond the veil, delving into the universal questions we all contemplate.” Connie di Marco, author of the Zodiac Mysteries

“The voices recovering amnesiac Jessica Mack hears compel her to search for a missing four-year-old boy, a quest that leads her to the doorway between life and the afterlife and challenges her beliefs on every level. This story rocks.” DP Lyle award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper thriller series

US Book Reviews–Proof of Life: it’s a rave!

Five years removed from the most traumatizing night of her life that put her in an amnesiac state and took her young son away from her, Jessica Mack is thrust into a role that she is reluctant to occupy. A four-year-old boy has gone missing and is presumed to be in serious danger. Jessica’s ability to be a communication conduit with the deceased provides clues that she must act on with her inner circle of allies in order to rescue the boy before it’s too late. With her friend Zach Smith, an FBI agent with whom she solved a previous case, and Sage Boles, a mutual friend who has some secrets of his own but seemingly a big heart, Jessica must learn to use her gift/curse to prevent another tragedy from occurring.

Each of the characters in this book has so much personality that the reader can’t help but form a living image of them in their imagination. As a protagonist, Jessica has so much heart after having lost so much, plus wanting to find a purpose in her life no matter how she wishes that hers could be more normal and pleasant, that she becomes easily relatable. The mystery itself is a full-throttle, intensely suspenseful crisis that catches one’s breath away and demands that the pages keep turning. Using elements of forensics and the author’s knowledge in mediumship, and tying in neatly with not just the previous Jessica Mack story but the author’s celebrated Claudia Rose Forensic Handwriting Mystery series, there are equal parts coziness and suspense to this story. Readers who enjoy this genre will no doubt add Lowe to their list of preferred authors after this book.

RECOMMENDED by the US Review

Written Off

Written Off book 7

Written Off

Written Off is the seventh book in the Forensic Handwriting Suspense series. I’ve written about serial murderers in Advanced Studies in Handwriting Psychology. Some are female, and that intrigued me. Not wanting to write the same old serial killer story, it was more interesting to address what might bring a woman to perpetrate such evil acts. My object was not to excuse her behavior, but to offer some explanation.

One of the characters appears in the next one, too, Proof of Life. Funny how fictional characters let an author know what they want.

Written Off

In the dead of winter, handwriting expert Claudia Rose journeys to Maine. Her task: retrieve a manuscript about convicted female serial killer, Roxanne Becker. The author, Professor Madeleine Maynard, was, herself, brutally murdered. While searching for the manuscript, Claudia uncovers a shocking secret about a group of mentally unstable grad students. Selected for a special project, and dubbed “Maynard’s Maniacs,” she wonders if Madeleine had been 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—and makes it her mission to hunt down Madeleine’s killer. But she soon realizes 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 where she worked 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.

When the local police chief prevails upon Claudia to travel into town to examine the newly produced, handwritten will, she meets Sage Boles, a man with a mysterious past. Back at Madeleine’s isolated house to escape an impending storm, Claudia becomes trapped in a blizzard. With a killer.

Praise for Written Off

“A simply riveting read from cover to cover. ‘Written Off’ by Sheila Lowe is an impressively entertaining and deftly crafted novel of suspense from a novelist with a complete mastery of the genre and a genuine flair for originality.” —Midwest Book Review

Voted Book of the Month by LASR Readers

Advanced Studies in Handwriting Psychology

advanced studiesIf you have read Reading Between the Lines: decoding handwriting and want to know what’s next.

Advanced Studies in Handwriting Psychology is Volume 2, a compilation of seven monographs. This is a result of my 50 years of study and practice in handwriting examination, and covers a wide range of topics, written so even a novice can understand the application to handwriting. Samples of real people in the situations that are described make the book particularly useful to graphologists and individuals alike.

  • Childhood sexual abuse seen in the handwriting of adults
  • The Addictive Personality and its Handwriting
  • Coping and Defense Mechanisms
  • Beneath it All: the Lower Zone and the Subconscious
  • Motivations and Handwriting – What makes you tick?
  • How to Find Personality Traits in Handwriting with the Gestalt Method
  • Serial Killers – the Face of Evil

And we’re not finished yet. After Advanced Studies in Handwriting Psychology, the next book, Personality & Anxiety Disorders, how they may be seen in handwriting, is helpful for therapists as well as handwriting analysts. Based on a series of lectures that I co-authored with a forensic psychologist/graphologist, there is no other book currently available that is comparable.

What readers say about Advanced Studies

  • An excellent book if you want to explore graphology from psychological point of view. Shaike L. (Israel)
  • The book is Professionally well written, accurate and a great resource for anyone in the field of Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Nursing, and other helping professions. Mary O.
  • A “must have” for every graphologist, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, and Counselor! “The Viking”


Reading Between the Lines, Decoding Handwriting

reading between the linesReading Between the Lines: decoding handwriting is the book that replaces The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis. After nearly eighteen years as a bestseller in the series, the Idiot’s Guide is out of print.

Have you ever wondered what the squiggles and strokes in a line of ink say about personality? Or are you a handwriting professional who learned the “trait-stroke” method? Reading Between the Lines, Decoding Handwriting, will introduce you to a new way to look at handwriting and understand personality. You will learn the gestalt method, which is like viewing an object through a telescope. You see the bigger picture. The better-known trait-stroke method is like viewing an object under a microscope and offers a small field of vision. One is not better than the other, they simply appeal to different thinking styles. Trait-stroke analysts are more comfortable with an atomistic step-by-step approach, building up a picture of personality one stroke at a time. Gestaltists are more conceptual thinkers who look at space, form, and movement, learning to recognize the whole personality at a glance.

Thus, right-brained thinkers who see the big picture are attracted to gestalt analysis. While left-brained thinkers start out more comfortable with trait-stroke analysis, once they learn to see the gestalt, though, they invariably report a better understanding of handwriting and personality.

What readers are saying about Reading Between the Lines

  • Sheila Lowe is one of the most respected authorities in the field of graphology. I have every one of her books and each one is exceptional.  DMR
  •  I will be referencing this book again and again.  Suzan
  • Loved this well organized, richly presented book about using handwriting analysis for knowing self and others, all done with maturity, wisdom and humor, one of the best handwriting analysis books I have ever read, and I have a library full! Rosita


Personality & Anxiety Disorders

Personality-Anxiety-DisordersPersonality & Anxiety Disorders, how they may be reflected in handwriting, and other important topics.

Personality and Anxiety Disorders is based on a series of articles and a course for handwriting analysts and psychologists. The reader will learn about personality disorders as described in the DSM and how those behaviors appear in handwriting.

The material in this volume is based on articles and a series of talks presented to members of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation by the late Israeli psychologist/graphologist, Dr. Ze’ev Bar-Av. I had co-presented papers with him at several handwriting analysis conferences, and when he asked me to help him with the lecture series, I accepted with pleasure. I provided most of the demonstrative handwriting samples and edited the material. After Dr. Bar-Av’s untimely death, I compiled and further edited this important material to preserve and make it available for handwriting professionals.

What readers are saying about Personality & Anxiety Disorders

  •  While most of the books of this kind only touches the surface of human psychology, Sheila Lowe goes much deeper and explains how the human psyche is directly connected to the person’s style of graphic expressions. Satori Girl
  • a treasure-trove of valuable tips and methods of determining everything from Fear and Stress to Schizophrenia. Patricia L.
  • Sheila is expert at teaching why these fields are so complimentary and understandable. Jane Y.


Dead Write is book number three

Available in: Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook

Dead WriteDead Write is book number three in the Forensic Handwriting psychological suspense series. For several years, I worked for a high-priced dating service, analyzing handwriting of the members. That’s where I got the idea for this book. Not that there were murders going on in the real-life service, of course (at least, as far as I know…).

In Dead Write, at the behest of an eccentric new client, Claudia Rose flies east to New York. Meanwhile, at home, according to Annabelle Giordano, Claudia’s young friend, Joel Jovanic’s new partner appears to have designs on him. Nothing like wondering what your partner is up to while you are across the country. Can Claudia trust him?

Dead Write

Dating can be dangerous, so clients who can afford the services of eccentric Russian “baroness”, Grusha Olinetsky, are willing to pay the hundred thousand dollar fee she charges for an introduction to their perfect mate. Claudia gets involved when Olinetsky hires her to come to Manhattan and uncover apparent screwups made by her nemesis. The assignment puts her at odds with her romantic partner, Detective Joel Jovanic, who suspects that Grusha herself is trouble. Drawn into the feckless lives of the rich and single, Claudia delves into 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.

Here’s what readers say

  • The characters are engaging the story moves at a quick pace. I look forward to the next book in this series. Beatrice
  • This book had me on the edge of my seat through out the book. This author has never disappointed me with this series. Tammy
  • I love how she educates and entertains using her talented skills as a handwriting analyst. This book keeps you guessing right up to the end. Jessie

Dead Write forensic suspense is waiting for you.

Last Writes

Available in: Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook

In Last Writes, a frantic search begins when Claudia’s friend Kelly learns that her three-year-old niece is missing. Kelly’s estranged half-sister Erin and her husband live quiet lives as members of a fanatical religious cult in an isolated Southern California location. But now, Erin’s husband and their child have disappeared, leaving behind a cryptic note penned with a terrifying message. The clock is ticking when handwriting expert Claudia becomes one of the few outsiders to be invited into the Temple of Brighter Light compound. There, she must hurry to uncover the truth before the prophecy of a secret ancient parchment can be fulfilled and a child’s life written off for good.