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: sheila@sheilalowe.com Meanwhile, here’s a sample, narrated by the fabulous Anna Crowe. Links to all the audiobooks can be found here.

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

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.

New Audiobook

Outside the LinesNew audiobook released!

Outside the Lines is the latest audiobook released in the Forensic Handwriting suspense series. We’ve been working backwards through the series and now, all but Poison Pen, the first book, are available through Audible. You can download this and others free with a trial membership at Audible.com or email sheila@sheilalowe.com. I may have a free code to give you.

Narrator Anna Crowe is a delight to work with. Her voice is like warm syrup. She takes on the challenging British accents that are an important part of this book and brought the story, and Claudia Rose, to life. This is her second narration for my series after Written Off came out earlier this year.

New Cover

Why are two different covers shown here? The fact is, after several years on the market, we thought the book could use a refresh. I conducted on my Facebook page And since much of it occurs in the UK, the Big Ben cover won. It was close, though. Here’s the other choice people voted for (it’s a mockup, so a final product would be sharper: OtL staircase

In Outside the Lines, 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 traumatized. A few weeks later, the getaway trip to the UK intended to help her recover, instead lands her in trouble with the FBI, New Scotland Yard, and her fiancé, LAPD Detective Joel Jovanic. Jovanic’s homicide case has followed Claudia to London where she finds herself unexpectedly allied with the chief suspect.

Audiobooks have become immensely popular as people spend more time in their cars. They are a wonderful way for uber-busy people to listen to a story while they’re busy doing something else. I like to listen while I’m doing eating or doing chores–makes them go faster.

Inkslingers Ball

Available in: Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook 


Inkslingers BallInkslingers Ball is book number 5 in the Forensic Handwriting suspense series.

 

Explosive drama erupts when the life of a teen with a tortured past is jeopardized by her secret tattoo. Handwriting expert Claudia Rose joins forces once again with Detective Joel Jovanic, who is investigating a firebombing, a young woman found dead in a dumpster, and the disappearance of an investigative journalist. The investigation heats up when Jovanic uncovers evidence that the same tattoo is linked to his cases.

 

Poison Pen

Poison Pen

Poison Pen

The Forensic Handwriting Psychological Suspense featuring forensic handwriting examiner Claudia Rose mirrors my own career, but I am not Claudia. She is much braver (or more foolhardy) than I am. Like me, Claudia works in two areas of handwriting examination: authentication and personality profiling.

Poison Pen is the first title in the Forensic Handwriting Psychological Suspense series, which at the end of 2020 has seven titles published. The next book, Dead Letters, is set for release mid-2021. I started writing it in 1997 and it wasn’t until ten years later that it was published, first with a small press, Capital Crime. When it got a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, it came to the attention of a senior editor at Obsidian, an imprint of Penguin. They bought the first four books in the series before I even knew it was going to be a series! When my editor left Obsidian, I left, too. For the past ten years, my publisher has been Suspense.

To introduce new readers to the series, Poison Pen is soon going to become free. Sign up here to be notified.

Lindsey Alexander, publicist to the stars, was a ruthless, backstabbing manipulator, but when handwriting expert Claudia Rose is hired to examine her suicide note, she doesn’t find it so easy to write off, her former friend’s death. Claudia stumbles on a brutal attack on Lindsey’s business partner and ends up butting heads with LAPD Detective Joel Jovanic. He doesn’t think much of handwriting analysis, which gives Claudia something to prove.

 

Written In Blood

Written in Blood

Written in Blood

Written in Blood is the second title in the Forensic Handwriting psychological suspense series.

Beautiful young widow Paige Sorensen is accused by her stepchildren of forging their father’s will. When handwriting expert Claudia Rose is retained in the case, she has no clue that she will soon be embroiled in a violent family battle. As Claudia works with Paige, she develops a mentoring relationship with Annabelle Giordano, a troubled young teen at the Sorensen Academy. Using a program of graphotherapy, a method of changing personality traits, they grow close. But when a shocking disappearance puts the spotlight on Annabelle, Claudia is forced to call on every scrap of her wits and her courage to discover whether her young friend is really a brutal criminal.

Graphotherapy is a highly effective way to help change behavior because it is done from the inside out.

I dedicated this book to my daughter Jennifer, who reminded me very much of Annabelle when she was fourteen.

Praise for Written in Blood

  • Written in Blood was on the Top Ten list of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association
  • This was the first book I’ve read in the Claudia Rose series–plan to read them all! Brenda
  • I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read more by Sheila Lowe. Ashley
  • Well written, with some nice twists and turns. David
  • Being a handwriting analysis lover and a mystery lover, this book is a perfect listen for me. I highly recommend it to all. Judy

What She Saw

Available in: Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook


What she saw is a novel of psychological suspense that follows a young woman through the terrifying labyrinth of amnesia, where no one is who or what they appear to be. Imagine if you woke up up on a train realized that you don’t know who you are or where you are going. All you know is, you cannot go to the police.

What She Saw is not part of the Forensic Handwriting Mystery series, but Claudia Rose and friends play an important role in unraveling the web of mystery. This later became the prequel for Proof of Life in the Beyond the Veil paranormal series.