The Claudia Rose series of forensic handwriting novels is a set of four mystery thriller books by Sheila Lowe and published by Penguin.


The AuthorSheila Lowe

Sheila Lowe is a British-born novelist who has lived in the United States since 1964. After writing numerous non-fiction books, monographs, and self-study courses Sheila began a new career as a mystery writer. (photo by

The Protagonist

Claudia Rose is not a detective or an amateur sleuth. She's a forensic handwriting expert who uses her expertise, in some cases to help understand the people behind crimes, and in others to authenticate questioned handwriting.

Just for fun: Who would you like to see play Claudia Rose? At You can cast the actors who best represent your vision of Claudia, Joel, and the rest. Just search on the book titles and add your favorite casts.

All of the books are available as e-books and paperback. What She Saw is already an audiobook, and the series soon will be, too. Stand by! Here's some information about the latest books

Inkslingers Ball

Inkslingers Ball A firebombing, a young girl found dead in a dumpster, and the disappearance of an investigative journalist. In Inkslingers Ball, Claudia Rose is back and her troubled young friend, Annabelle Giordano has a secret tattoo that could get her killed. Claudia joins forces with her LAPD detective lover Joel Jovanic, who uncovers a tantalizing handwritten document that has the potential to break several cases wide open.

Kindle: Amazon
B&N: Barnes & Noble

What She Saw

What She Saw A standalone 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. 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.

WHAT SHE SAW is available on Kindle.
Also available as an audiobook, read by Aria McKenna.

Early reviews:

"Sheila Lowe’s What She Saw is a gripping, psychologically astute thriller, with a sympathetic heroine and enough suspense to keep any reader turning the pages!"

- Dennis Palumbo, licensed psychotherapist and author of the Daniel Rinaldi Mystery Series

"Lowe spreads the mystery out one delicious morsel at a time. Both her characters and her plot are flawless."

- Peg Brantley, author of Red Tide and The Missings

"From the foreboding opening chapter to the explosive climax, the reader will experience non-stop anxiety about who this woman is and what jeopardy is about to engulf her."

- Jackie Houchin, reviewer

Latest News

In her blog post at Algonquin Redux, Sheila discusses growing up in a cult
Suspense Radio Inside Edition interview discussing Inkslingers Ball: Click here.
Poison Pen Promo (QuickTime)
Spinetingler Review: Last Writes by Sheila Lowe
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Last Writes review
Burbank Public Library's mystery blog
Gumshoe Review
Handwriting analyst turns her experience into books
Lindsay Lohan's handwriting: What It Says About Her!
Guest Post by Sheila Lowe: Can Handwriting Reveal a Serial Killer?
"Ya Wanna Do It Here Or Down The Station, Punk?": Sheila Lowe


Sheila Lowe's "Written in Blood" the movie :: My Book, The Movie: Written in Blood and Poison Pen

More reviews/interviews: Gumshoe Review of Dead Write :: Sheila Lowe: Did You Blink? :: Mystery Book News - Written in Blood review :: Passionate Internet Radio interview (about 30 minutes) on handwriting and publishing :: Gumshoe September Issue :: :: The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews Written in Blood-Sheila Lowe :: Bloodstained Book Reviews: Poison Pen :: Let's Do Lunch! Interview with Sheila Lowe.

Sheila blogs about the handwritings of serial killers: Can Handwriting Reveal a Serial Killer?

Julia Buckley interviews Sheila:

Poison Pen wins MOST INTRIGUING TRAILER award on The New Covey Trailer Awards!

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