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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.
on Dec. 24, 2011 :
I did not have the pleasure of reading the initial stories in the series of Dr Barnes; however upon reading this novel I was not lost of confused because background information was provided throughout the novel. Captivating is an understatement! Once I started I did not want to stop the novel - the suspense and the mystery of trying to help Dr Barnes and Shoop figure out who killed the coach - made for an interesting read! I definitely would recommend this novel - and the series to others.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on June 29, 2011 :
This third book of the adventures of Dr. Pamela Barnes is the best yet. Dr. Barnes is a Psychology professor and acoustics expert yet she manages to find time to help the police in solving murders. Ms Rockwell has given just enough background from the first two books for a new reader to understand how Dr Barnes works. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend to anyone who loves Cozies.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
on June 10, 2011 :
I really loved Patricia Rockwell's writing style and her mystery novel, VOICE MAIL MURDER. The characters, the plot, the passion the author puts forth creating it, is all amazing and I'd love to relax and read it all over again.
Dr. Pamela Barnes, acoustics expert, volunteered to help work on the murder case of the fallen hero, Coach Croft. This coach, highly revered by his teammates, had many adulterous affairs and was murdered in a motel, leaving behind a wheelchair bound wife and two daughters. Detective Shoop (loved this character) pushed Dr. Barnes, knowing his cases would be solved quicker with her expertise help. Rocky, Pamela's husband was on pins and needles every time she acted like 'Sherlock Holmes' for the police department.
Patricia Rockwell really has a knack for the written word. She knows how to grab your attention and run with it. It was a fast-paced, thrilling and mysterious read. I definitely think this novel is worthy of 5 stars. I highly recommend it - a must read. Now I'm searching for other books by this author to upload on my nook reader.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)