Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Written in Blood

by Sheila Lowe

I finished fun murder mystery a few weeks ago, but have been remarkably slow in posting my review. I tell you what - it is so much easier to keep caught up than to try and catch up.

Written in Blood is book two in a series starring Claudia Rose, a forensic hand-writing expert. The series began with Poison Pen. Sheila Lowe has created a fun twist to the crime mystery genre with her heroine.

Years ago, actually centuries ago, when I was in high school I remember hearing about hand-writing analysis. I am a fairly open-minded person, but I was a bit skeptical that handwriting could reveal anything about a person's personality. Yet over the years as I would write different things I would notice that my handwriting changed slightly with my moods. I even checked out a few books from the library and tried to analyze mine and others' handwriting. I was NOT very good at it, but my interest was piqued.

When the offer came to read and review this novel I was most excited to accept. My love of mysteries would have pushed me over the edge even if my interest in hand-writing analysis hadn't already created a strong interest.

I thoroughly enjoyed Written in Blood. Interesting characters, some which you could comfortably hate and others that you cared for their well being. The story was interesting with several twists to add that guessing element I love so in mysteries.

One thing I did not care for was how uncharacteristically trashy the main character would talk when with her girlfriend. When this first happened I had to go back over the page to be sure it was Claudia talking. Her friend had a trashy mouth, and tho I didn't care for the language, it was in keeping with her personality. I didn't think it fit Claudia's.

I would recommend this book to others who like mysteries or anyone who is interested in hand-writing analysis. I will definitely read Poison Pen and look forward to book 3 in the series.


Anonymous said...

I've always been fascinated by the idea of handwriting analysis. The series sounds good, all except for the trash talk. Hopefully it's not overpowering because I think I'm going to have to pick this one up......

Framed said...

I'd be interested if I didn't alredy have hundreds of books to read. My mystery pile is threatening to fall over.

Thoughts of Joy said...

OH! I have Poison Pen on my TBR list. I can't wait to read it (it seems like I've been saying that a lot lately!). I'm even more excited to know that you enjoyed the second in the series. I've never looked into any handwriting analysis books, but I have always been interested.

jenclair said...

I enjoyed Written in Blood for the same reasons you did and had the same reservations! I will also be reading Poison Pen.

I've read several books about handwriting analysis and continue to find it fascinating. Combine the factual with mystery -- great fun.

Bookfool said...

Hmm, interesting about the potty mouth. I've got this one on my TBRs. The handwriting analysis was what piqued my interest. Thanks for the warning about trashy talk. I like knowing what I'm about to get into.

Iliana said...

I've heard good things about this one so it's on my radar. I'll have to start with the first one though. I have a thing about that! haha...

Booklogged said...

Carrie, I think I made a bigger deal of the trash talk than I needed to. There really wasn't that much, but it did seem out of character.

Framed, I so know what you mean!

Joy, I think you'll like this series.

Jenclair, it's nice to know you felt the same way.

Bookfool, there isn't really that much trashy stuff and you'll find the handwriting analysis interesting.

Iliana, I like to start with the first book usually but this was a review copy and I didn't feel like I had time to read two.

Sheila Lowe said...

It was fun to read all the comments, and I want you to know that Claudia cleans up her language in Dead Write--though I can't promise the same for Kelly.
Sheila Lowe :)