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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 July 28, 2012 :
Sweet mystery story about a group of elderly females how try to find out what happens to one of the members of the community in which they live. Light hearted fun with some laugh out loud funny moments and was a nice way to spend the afternoon in the sun
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
on Dec. 18, 2011 :
I wasnt sure how I would like a book centered on a cast of older characters, however, this novel was splendid! The twist and turns, and all the possible endings made this novel hard to stop reading. I would definitely recommend others to read if they enjoy witty, thrill-thicked artistry.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Nov. 21, 2011 :
Fun read! Fast paced, and the characters are quick witted. This isn't just about a bunch of senior citizens, it a good mystery with likable people in the story. I'm hoping this will be the beginning of a series of books with the same characters.
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)
on Oct. 30, 2011 :
What a delightful story! Although the story is based around characters of the age of 80+ some odd years in a assisted living home it was never a slow read! These ladies were as lively and endearing as I would hope to be at their ages. There is mystery, sleuthing, drama, action (even if most of this was in concern of the nearest restroom stop and speedy walkers) and down right laugh out loud humor. I could picture in my mind how this played out as if it were a movie. The end wrap up was a wee bit of a let down (mind you, just a little). I look forward to more of Essie Cobb and her motley crew of senior sleuths!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on Oct. 23, 2011 :
The Happy Haven Assisted Living Facility is really hopping when one of their residents, Bob Weiderley, wins at Bingo. A whole dollar bill is his, but when he goes up to collect his winnings, he passes out and winds up in a coma. His fellow residents are stunned. Bob has been in such good shape, even though he is nearly 90.
90-year-old Essie Cobb isn’t buying that the excitement got to Bob. There has to be more to the story than that and she intends to find out. Along with her good friends Opal, Marjorie and Fay, they investigate the situation and find much to be suspicious of and a surprising amount of suspects.
For one thing, just before Bob fell into a coma, a stranger sent him a letter with incredibly shocking news. There’s, also, the director of the Happy Haven, as well as the social director, both of whom are acting strangely. Essie’s suspicions even stretch out to the women Bob eats dinner with on a regular basis. She’s determined to get to the bottom of this and find out who wants Bob dead and put an immediate stop to any more plots to kill the man.
Bingoed is a humorous book filled with both mystery and laughter – not to mention a number of endearing characters that will warm your heart. It’s a fast-paced, quick read that will surely lighten your mood. This is the first, and hopefully not the last, in the Essie Cobb Senior Sleuth Mystery series.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
on Aug. 21, 2011 :
I could hardly put this book down once I started reading
the story. The characters & their environment, especially,
Brought back my very feisty & smart Mother-n-law whom we
lost two years ago. She very definitely could have been Essie, and the description of her moving threw the retirement Home is spot on.
This story was very well written and I was intregued from the beginning to the end. I would suggest that the author think about making this a series....and, I do hope I see more stories of Essie to come. Love it!!! firstname.lastname@example.org
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)