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Inkslingers Ball

Forensic Handwriting Series, Book 5
Narrated by: Donna Allen, Richard Brewer
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

Explosive drama erupts when the life of a teen with a tortured past is jeopardized by her secret tattoo. Handwriting expert Claudia Rose joins forces once again with Detective Joel Jovanic, who is investigating a firebombing, a young woman found dead in a dumpster, and the disappearance of a journalist. The investigation heats up when Jovanic uncovers evidence that the same tattoo is linked to his cases.  

©2014 Sheila Lowe (P)2018 Sheila Lowe

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“Lowe expertly delivers a solid criminal investigation while guiding her readers into a unique culture where tattooing and the murder of a young girl come together on the autopsy table. Hit the lights and siren because this is one fast ride from beginning to end.” (Lee Lofland, author of Police Procedure and Investigation and founder and director of the Writers’ Police Academy)

Inkslingers Ball is the perfect novel for an afternoon by the pool. With vivid characters, smooth writing, and a twisty plot, Sheila Lowe has crafted a mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end.” (Boyd Morrison, international best-selling author)

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Book 5

It is one of those books that I did not want to end. The interesting story carried me along and made me keep listening. This Shelia Lowe's series about Claudia Rose, who is a forensic handwriting expert.

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Inkslingers Ball

If you are looking for a mystery that will suck you in and keep you listening, this is the book for you. This story, from the very start had me. I love Claudia and Joel and their ability to figure things out. But what really intrigued me with this was the back story of the tattoo artists, their competitiveness and their signatures in each of their tattoos. The story revolves around the young girl, Annabelle, that is living with Claudia. She finds herself involved with some questionable people from her past, gets a tattoo, and when her friend is found murdered, we get to go through the case to find out how this and other murders are all connected. The art of graphologist, Claudia is amazing to me, how much can be figured out in the personality of a person by the loops and spaces in a person's handwriting and how it all can help lead to the killer. The relationship with Joel and Claudia has some bumps in it this time and I really commend Claudia for her loyalty to Annabelle. It's a great listen, has a lot of twist and turns, and it's action packed!

The narration by Donna Allen and Richard Brewer is spot on! It's full of intrigue and emotion as we get into the story. They each have a way of giving the characters the necessary feelings in their personalities and bring the story to life with their performance.

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  • Jan M
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  • 12-02-19

Sugar Skull Tattoo ...

I absolutely loved this book! Sheila Lowe wrote some incredible twists in this book. I had never really thought about sugar skull tattoo's before, nor had I thought much about tattoo artists all having their own signature style designs or work like an actual signature. The descriptions and imagery in the story made it so easy to visualize the details. The relationship between Claudia and Joel was so realistic too. I liked their banter, and how the author injected humor into the story as well. The idea that Claudia could read so much about a person from seeing their signature was fascinating. Without giving away spoilers, I loved the twist at the end. Kudos to the author for that! Donna Allen and Richard Brewer both did a fabulous performance with this book. They brought the characters to life with their voices and the emotions. I love it when I can hear exactly who is speaking, and both were wonderful. This book is a standalone listen and part of the forensic handwriting series. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrators.

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  • Mac
  • York
  • 03-01-19

Fabulous

This was awesome, I loved it brilliant storyline and great characters. I highly recommend this audiobook wish I’d have started with the first in this series. The narrators were spot on really great. Can not wait to listen to more.

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  • Ryan Scott
  • 20-02-19

A good read on a winter day!

Not only did I learn some more about handwriting analysis, I learned a lot about the world of tattooing. I especially liked the male narrator. I'm not a huge fan of the Annabelle character and wished she had a little less story time. Otherwise a fun read.

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  • Darcie
  • 13-02-19

Murder hits close to home for Claudia

Handwriting analyst, Claudia, is guardian to 15yo Annabelle until her dad returns from abroad. The troubled teenager is no picnic but Claudia deals with her tantrums and defiance as a pro. When a former friend of Annabelle ends up dead, Claudia must determine how best to handle the teen and keep her safe. Meanwhile, Claudia’s detective bf, Joel, is up to his ears in bodies linked to one nasty tattoo shop owner. Will Joel solve the case before it touches Annabelle? Will Claudia and Joel’s relationship survive when the case is so close to home?
Another great book in the forensic handwriting series. This one showed more of the relationship between Claudia and her beau...sigh...I just may have a teensy crush on the detective. The narration team was perfect for these characters and helped keep you wanting more.
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Judy Kaplan
  • 24-01-19

Fast paced & engrossing

The unique feature of Sheila Lowe’s mysteries is the use of handwriting analysis to solve the crimes. The handwriting also provides unique insights into the story’s colorful personalities. The ink slinging tattoo artist culture provides an engrossing setting and all the characters are so real they feel like they’re in the room with you. I was captivated from beginning to end. I highly recommend this audiobook

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  • Kelly Watley
  • 11-01-19

Absolutely amazing read !!

"There are very few books that have taken my soul to places like I have just experienced by reading Inslinkers Ball "

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 05-01-19

Good read/listen, great series

My fifth read from author Sheila Lowe and the fifth book in the Forensic Handwriting Series. Good, well-written mystery, with every book she writes Lowe continues to sculpt her craft and gets better & better. The characters likable & attention holding. The plot and the sub-plot were both well-developed. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. I'll definitely be reading more in this series, In fact Outside the Lines, book 6 in the Forensic Handwriting Series is already queued up!

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  • Jan
  • 30-12-18

Awesome!

law-enforcement, procedural, teens, murder-investigation, mystery, thriller, suspense, california

A dedicated homicide detective, an insightful forensic graphologist, a teen who has seen and been through more than anyone ought to, and tattoo ink at the autopsy table. Some people are forced to live lives of incredible heartbreak that has nothing to do with romance only to have life cut short under horrifying conditions. Such is the case of a teenage woman who has been a friend in the past and recently resurfaced in the middle of a rampage by someone in the tattoo artistry business. As the bodies pile up it becomes very apparent that the murders are somehow connected but it's tough to get people to talk to the cops, and that makes their job even harder.
A very complex and compelling story that is much too close to reality in many ways, but I learned a lot about the work of a forensic graphologist which is a discipline I am not familiar with. The plot moves along quickly with a lot of suspense, twists, and red herrings with characters are incredibly interesting.
This is the first book I have read in the series, but that did not diminish my enjoyment.
The audio is performed by Donna Allen and Richard Brewer in a somewhat alternating manner that does add gravitas without going full horror mode.

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  • BookLover
  • 12-07-19

Another Great Book From Lowe

First, let me say, I received this book free of charge from the author, narrator or publisher, however, this has no bearing on my comments, as these are my own feelings and thoughts.


This is the 3rd book that I have had the pleasure of listening to by this author and I absolutely love them. Each is different in their own way, but that is what makes them so good!

The Inkslingers Ball, is fantastically done, as Claudia (main character) is guardian of Annabelle, while Annabelle's father is away on business. Annabelle is a troubled teen, who was doing much better until she starts hanging with the wrong crowd. Well this "wrong crowd" of young ladies, end up getting sugar skull tattoos, so Annabelle wants one too, so she will fit in. As people with this sugar skull tattoo start dying off, including her friend, Claudia's boyfriend, Joel Jovanic, becomes the led detective to find out more about these murders and put a stop to them, before it is too late.