Obsidian (Penguin US), mm pb, 306 p.
Claudia Rose Forensic Handwriting Mystery series, Book 2
Claudia Rose’s latest client is a dime-a-dozen type. 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 Paige forged their father’s signature on his will, which left his entire estate, including the Sorensen Academy, to her.This was a fun mystery that kept me turning the pages and I raced through it in just a couple of days. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a handwriting expert as the main character before but I really enjoyed the brief explanations of handwriting analysis woven into the story, and getting to know the analyst and heroine, Claudia Rose. (I wonder what she or the author, who herself is a handwriting expert, would say about my scrawl?) I did want to shake her for her naivety at one point but I suppose the story wouldn’t have been quite as exciting or suspenseful if she hadn’t walked right into that situation so I forgive it as a plot device.
Intrigued by this real-life soap opera, Claudia soon breaks one of the cardinal rules of business: Never get personally involved. But Claudia has 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.
Written in Blood is actually the second book in the series but since it was sent to me for review, I decided to read this one first and go from there, even though I usually prefer to read series books from the beginning. Well, after thoroughly enjoying this one, the first book in the series, Poison Pen, is now on my wishlist, as is the third book in the series, Dead Write, which is to be published in August 2009. I look forward to reading more of Claudia's handwriting adventures.
Thank you to the author, Sheila Lowe, and Bostick Communications for the opportunity to read this book.
Interview with the author
My Rating: 4/5
(#2 for 2008, ARC Reading Challenge)
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