A Fast-Paced Hair-Raising Forensic Handwriting Mystery
A middle-of-the-night phone call is never good news.
Homicide detective Joel Jovanic wakes up to a call about a body found in a trash dumpster. What seems like a routine investigation turns deadly when they learn the victim is connected to his partner Claudia Rose and her ward, Annabelle.
Handwriting expert Claudia feels very protective of young Annabelle. The teen may be troubled, but she is practically family. Headstrong and independent, Annabelle will stop at nothing to get what she wants, including a sugar skull tattoo that she is still too young for.
Venice Beach is full of shady characters who will happily oblige, and tattoo artist Viper has no problem with less-than-legal inking.
But Viper's dark side goes far beyond "servicing" underage customers. When the same sugar skull tattoo is linked to a series of crimes, including a firebombing and a journalist's disappearance, Annabelle is suddenly in a world of trouble.
Claudia and Joel once again join forces to uncover what links the brutal crimes—until Claudia's desperate need to protect Annabelle comes between them.
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "This was a great mystery, terrific writing, well-realized characters, red-herrings galore and a climax that kept me reading long past when I should have been asleep!" -- Goodreads Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Sheila Lowe is a master of the police procedural genre...This is a book not to be missed by mystery lovers by one of the fastest rising stars in the genre. A thrilling read." -- Goodreads Reviewer
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.