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.
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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.