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Patricia Rockwell has spent most of her life teaching. From small liberal arts colleges to large regional research universities—and even a brief stint in a high school, her background in education is extensive. She has taught virtually everything related to Communication—from a fine arts speech-theatre orientation to more recently a social science research approach. Her Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees are from the University of Nebraska in Speech and her Ph.D. is from the University of Arizona in Communication. She was on the faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for thirteen years, retiring in 2007.
Dr. Rockwell's publications are extensive, with over 20 peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals, several textbooks, and a research book on her major interest area of sarcasm, published by Edwin Mellen Press. In addition to publications, she has presented numerous papers at academic conferences and served for eight years as Editor of the Louisiana Communication Journal. Her research focuses primarily on several areas of communication: deception, sarcasm, and vocal cues.
SOUNDS OF MURDER is her first mystery. She lives in Aurora, IL, with her husband Milt. She has two grown children--Alex and Cecilia.
Joan H. Young
on April 24, 2012 :
I think this is the weakest of the Audio series mysteries, to date. The format is interesting, with the action switching between what professor Pamela Barnes knows, and what is happening with Dan Bridgewater. There are a couple of days of time disjoint between the alternated scenes so that readers don't know what's happening too soon. Eventually the two timelines come together. This took a bit of getting used to, but I liked it.
However, Dan doesn't seem like a real person, and I thought there were some obvious problems with the crime scene that forensics would have uncovered.
(reviewed long after purchase)