Ventura resident Sheila Lowe pens new psychological thriller, “Written Off”

On Nov.14 Sheila Lowe and James Francis Gray shared a book signing at Mimi’s Café in Ventura.

“In the dead of winter, handwriting expert Claudia Rose journeys to Maine to retrieve a manuscript about convicted female serial killer, Roxanne Becker, written by Professor Madeleine Maynard, who was, herself, brutally murdered. While searching for the manuscript Claudia uncovers Madeleine’s explosive research, which exposes the shocking truth about a group of mentally unstable grad students dubbed “Maynard’s Maniacs.”

“The professor’s academic success and personal fortune made her the envy of fellow faculty members, and the University anticipates being the beneficiary of Madeline’s estate. But when a charming stranger shows up claiming to Madeleine’s nephew, brandishing a new will, all bets are off.”

The mother of a tattoo artist and a former rock star, Sheila Lowe lives in Ventura with Lexie the cat, where she writes her award-winning Forensic Handwriting mystery series. Like her fictional character Claudia Rose, Sheila is a real-life forensic handwriting expert who testifies in court cases. Despite sharing living space with a cat—a very bad one at that—Sheila’s books are decidedly non-cozy. Visit Sheila Lowe online at

Written Off is available where fine books are sold. Published by Suspense Publishing, Written Off is available in trade paper (ISBN: 9781976507915, 266 pages, $12.99) and eBook ($3.99) editions.

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