Handwriting analysis is the examination of someone's writing as a way of determining what kind of person they are. It is used by law enforcement to help solve crimes and the results are admissible in court.
The main characters in Outside the Lines (book 6 in the Forensic Handwriting Mystery Series) are Claudia, who is a forensic handwriting analyst and her fiancé Joel, a homicide detective. She often helps him solve his homicide cases with her expertise even though she sometimes oversteps how involved she should be in the case. As the novel begins, she is testifying in a court case and is attacked by the person who is being tried for murder. She ends up in the hospital and once she goes home, she is afraid to leave the house. Joel helps her get over these feelings by getting her involved in his new case to try to find out who planted the bomb in the mailbox of the CEO of a major corporation that produces pesticides. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Claudia and Joel - it was apparent that they were in love but they had faults and arguments which I found to be very refreshing and real.
What I enjoyed most about the novel was the information about forensic handwriting analysis. A specialist in the field examines handwriting to find out two major pieces of information:
- They interpret the findings in order to determine the writer's identity - who wrote the document.
- The interpret the findings to try to find out the personality of the writer - mental and physical health, sex and age.
This was a very enjoyable book and I plan to go back and read the first five books in the series and I hope that there is a book 7 in the not too distant future.
NOTE: The author, Sheila Lowe is a Handwriting Analyst and is the president of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation.
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Susan Roberts, reviewer, lives in NC when she isn't traveling all around the world. She and her husband love to travel and garden and help take care of their grandson. Susan reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer.
available formats: ebook and print (268 pages)
published: August 2016 by Suspense Publishing
a free book was provided by the author for this review
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