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Outside the Lines

Forensic Handwriting Series, Book 6
Narrated by: Anna Crowe
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What should have been a routine afternoon on the witness stand for forensic handwriting expert Claudia Rose turns into a shocking assault that leaves her bruised and bloodied. Following on the heels of a series of other traumatic events, the attack sends Claudia to the brink of a breakdown. Her fiancé, LAPD Homicide Detective Joel Jovanic, learns of the attack while leading a homicide investigation into a mailbox bomb. 

An innocent housekeeper in the tony Venice neighborhood is dead, and the homeowner is the CEO of a major pesticide-producing corporation that has been targeted in the past. When a notebook found in a geocache near the crime scene leads to the protest group People for Safe Food, Jovanic needs Claudia to identify the handwriting of a suspected eco-terrorist.

Though she may have recovered physically from the assault weeks later, Claudia’s fears continue to plague her. Desperate to get away, she accepts an invitation to lecture in the UK, but her trip turns into a nightmare when she runs afoul of both the FBI and New Scotland Yard. Jovanic’s homicide case has followed her to London where she finds herself unexpectedly allied with the chief suspect.

©2016 Sheila Lowe (P)2018 Sheila Lowe

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So interesting!

Still absolutely love the idea of a graphologist! I found this story not as exciting as the previous book, regardless, it was still fun and interesting! Can't get enough of these books!!

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  • Helen
  • Paignton Devon
  • 13-07-19

amazing

What should have been a routine afternoon on the witness stand for forensic handwriting expert Claudia Rose
found this book by mistake glad I did it was amazing well written by By: Sheila Lowe
Narrated by Anna Crowe great narrator.

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Fascinating insight into forensic handwriting

Not my usual genre of books but I really enjoyed it and will likely buy more in the series.
Claudia Rose is a forensic handwriting expert and whilst giving evidence in court she is brutally attacked . Her friend in the UK invites her to lecture over there so she accepts hoping to get away from her recent attack and to build her confidence back up. Her Fiancé is a LAPD Detective and his homecide case seems to follow her to the UK where she runs into trouble with both the FBI and New Scotland Yard.

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Mystery & Suspense!

The thing I love the most about suspense thrillers is what I can learn from the author. This well researched story had me riveted to my seat! Claudia is an expert witness for forensic handwriting and after a prominent case is badly beaten. From this, the fear of more retaliation is real and Claudia goes to her friend Daphne's to heal, leaving her fiance Joel behind. He is a cop and is investigating a mailbox bombing. With so much going on, Claudia finds her skills in demand and she is busier than ever. Will she find her confidence again or is the fear warranted? This tale of mystery, intrigue and international crime leads us to all kinds of suspects. The writing is impeccable and kept me fascinated. I loved learning about handwriting and what an expert can derive from a loop or a slant. It's incredible to know so much is stored in a line of handwritten text! I would definitely recommend this and look forward to going back in the series.

Anna Crowe does an amazing job narrating this story. It's my first listen by her and I love her voice! She is just as mysterious and entertaining as the story, giving each character their own personality and made the listen intriguing.

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Outside the Lines

This great novel sets the listeners /reader on an emotional roller coaster ride that you do not want to get off. Enjoyed the whole audio book.

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  • Mac
  • York
  • 08-01-19

Brilliant

Loved this book. Awesome storyline and great characters. I highly recommended this book. The narrators were spot on too.

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A tangled web, and all that.

Whilst appearing as an expert witness for the prosecution, Claudia is badly beaten up and almost strangled when the accused manages to leap free during a contrived incident in the court. Bruised and terrified, she finds her confidence gone during her convalesence, afraid to leave her home. To get far away from the streets where she fears further retribution from the attacker's gang of friends, she accepts the offer of an all expenses paid trip to London as the headline speaker at a conference being held there by girlfriend, Daphne, leaving her police officer fiancee behind to continue the investigation into the death of a maid in one of the more affluent areas of L.A.
But London holds it's own dangers and Claudia finds her skills as an handwriting expert in demand from more than just the conference as the case in L.A. seems to intertwine with others in England. Once again, she finds herself reluctantly drawn into possible danger.

Sheila Lowe has, with Outside the Lines, written another intriguing thriller of corruption, murder and double dealing, this time with international implications. As a Brit, the time Claudia spends in London, and later in Cambridge, are especially enjoyable as the author conjures up the atmosphere of both the place and the people well. The handwriting analysis passages are also fascinating, causing this reader to want to know much more. The book is performed with skill by Anna Crowe, whose very pleasant voice delivers the text with expression, good pacing and excellent intonation. Her voicing of the individual characters is also distinct, and, although her Irish accent certainly needs refinement, her narration overall adds to the enjoyment of the book.

My thanks to the rights holder of Outside the Lines, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. Another good stand alone story in the forensic handwriting series.

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She sure can spin a tell.

Sheila Lowe surely knows how to write.
This is not the first my first book of hers and I hope it’s not the last but this story disappointed me somewhat.
What I mean by that is that there are whole parts ( like the hand writing expert ) was not necessary, this case was solved by an old fashioned detective work and the motive also didn’t make sense, yes it would have cost money to change the factory but with the new patent the money is not a problem any more so no motive, about bad PR, it seems to me that a new healthy formula would bring good PR so again no motive.
The whole book was great till the end which was to quick ( it was like 9 good hours of a story and about 10 minutes of a hurry up endings ) and badly done, which is why it disappointed me because it was really good and hard to put down.

This is a good book with a quick ending ( I listened to it in audio but it feels like that she raps it all up in one page ).
Even so I still would recommend this book, it was 9 hours of good and she sure writes very well.
It’s one of those books that I would say decide for yourself.




Got this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Carolyn Gorsuch
  • 04-11-19

Intriguing

Sheila Lowe is a craftswoman in telling her story. I really enjoyed her storyline and the interweaving of handwriting analysis spiced up with some romance and downright crime intrigue. I look forward to her next book.

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  • Karson Lee
  • 10-08-19

Another Great Book in the Series

Sheila Lowe has done it again! I loved Outside the Lines. I appreciate how each story is different and isn't just a rewrite of one another. There are a lot of things to learn in each book, such as geocaching, that I've never heard of but that are incredibly interesting. I will most definitely be reading the next in the series!

I received this audiobook from the author/publisher/narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Betababe
  • 08-08-19

Ecoterrorism

Although this is book six, it is my first encounter with forensic expert Claudia Rose; I'm now looking forward to more. Many previous incidents are incorporated by reference, but merely enrich background for this standalone tale. Murder and mayhem pull us into the world of the pesticide producers and some of their deadliest products, reminding us that profit and greed often trump the human equation but also pointing out the delicate balance between extending food supplies to save lives and promoting safety in the application of those measures. But don't let the deep background quandry dissuade you from enjoying this international thriller which, as wonderfully vocalized by narrator Anna Crowe, pulls you into the drama from the start.

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  • Ryan Scott
  • 20-02-19

Best one of the series!

This is Sheila Lowe's best working in her Forensic Handwriting Series. The story line is great, and so is the narrator. The work she and her detective fiance are doing is compelling and believable. I highly recommend it!

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  • Amanda
  • 16-02-19

Very well written, see what I did there?!?

A mailbox bomb goes off in a ritzy neighborhood, killing a housekeeper of a prominent chemical company CEO. Claudia is in court for an unrelated case testimony and is attacked by the defendant. Shaken Claudia becomes gun shy and embarrassed as social media videos had been taken and not gotten the best side of the encounter as she was dressed for dinner with her fiancé detective Jovanic. Taking a break from it all she heads to a conference in the UK to visit her colleague and friend Daphne. While she's in the UK she is brought in on a case that is linked to the bombing back home. Eco terrorists upset about the chemical companies effects on the environment and health are the main suspects in the case. However as Claudia and Jovanic delve deeper into the case they learn there is more than meets the eye going on, both at home and abroad. Excellent murder mystery, eco terrorist conspiracy story. I also love that it takes place here and in the UK. I really enjoy this series and it's narration. It is really interesting to learn about what can be learned from handwriting. I look forward to listening to more in the series! I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thanks!

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  • Layla
  • 13-02-19

Mystery

I really liked this book, it was not what I expected. Yes the main character did make me feel like screaming at times but other than that it was a good read. And I did figure out who did it.
I would recommend it. There is some violence (to be expected) but no sexual content.

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  • Jan
  • 30-01-19

Great read!

mystery, thriller, procedural, law-enforcement

The expert witness for the prosecution gets violently assaulted by the accused right in the courtroom! It's a given that she develops PTSD complete with flashbacks, but her significant other (who is a police detective) isn't available for a lot of support because of a murder caused by an eco terrorism proponent. And that's just the beginning of this outstanding mystery novel whose lead character is a forensic graphologist! Expect learning opportunities, serious plot twists, red herrings, and ingenious suspense in this series in which any book is capable of being a stand alone. Loved it!
The narrator is Anna Crowe who is exceptional!
I requested and received a free audio copy much to my delight.

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  • Theresa Horton
  • 29-01-19

Great mystery

It was a great mystery I hadn’t figured it out before the end it had great characters I hope to hear written off if by chance u have a free promo code laying around haha thank you for writing a great mystery The narrator did a great job

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  • Ricardo
  • 19-01-19

A fresh new twist on a crime story

This book is so different from your traditional crime stories.. with out giving away too much, i highly recommend this audio book to those looking for a new take on crime and how they are solved.

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  • Kelly Watley
  • 11-01-19

Best I've Read all year !!

"This book was absolutely the best. Fast moving, page turner, and very hard to put down."

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