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Sounds of Murder Paperback – April 17, 2010
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About the Author
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. Her 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. Dr. Rockwell is presently living in Aurora, Illinois, with her husband Milt, also a retired educator. The couple have two adult children, Alex and Cecilia. SOUNDS OF MURDER is her first novel.
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Her expertise in her field (the study of sound) and her determination to use that expertise enabled her ferret out the murderer.
I liked the character development; particularly a rather annoying detective who finally does allow Dr. Barnes to enter into the investigation. Her loving, supportive husband sounded very much like Goldie Schultz's husband, with the reversal that HE is the good cook. Rocky, like Schultz, keeps warning his wife to stay out of it, for her own safety and of course our detective can't let go of the need to find the answers in spite of his many warnings.
There are a few recipes included and their simplicity made me want to try them even though I am a cooking disaster in the kitchen.
A light,fun, and interesting read made me want to stay up all night to finish the book.
Enter Pamela Barnes and ehr graduate student Kent who discover her strangled while do doing research and now the search to find out who in the department wants her dead that badly. Everyone from the department head had fought with her just prior to her death.
Patrica Rockwell pens a great whodunit and why story. She has created likable yet very mysterious characters in Dr. Barnes and the faculty and her family to make Sounds of murder a fantastic fast paced and enjoyable read. I give this paper 5 A+s and look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Rockwell, like many authors, hasn't learned to make the story her main focus. While the mystery itself was moderately interesting, I got so tired of the endless digressions that I quit about halfway through. Pamela's happy marriage and problems with her teenaged daughter and house furnishings were neither particularly interesting nor relevant to the murder. (I skipped most of the info-dump lecture on interpreting audiology, too.) The occasional formatting problems, where 2-3 paragraphs together have every line indented, didn't help. While there is enough potential that I'll probably try the next in the series, this needs serious editing if Rockwell wants to hold the reader's attention.
The problem was there was the murder and then too much of the book dwelled upon how no one really liked the victim. To me, it was carried too far. I mean, Margarita wakes? Now, I love Psychology and was hoping that the good Dr. Barnes would venture that way, but only at the end, does she use her given and learned talents in these fields.
I was surprised by the killer but not the 'why' of the crime. I had that figured out in chapter one. I think that this series could be a winning one but I ask Dr. Rockwell, please put more of the talents of our sleuth into the detection of the crime.
I have purchased the next in the series and do expect to be blown away and write a five-star review. The premise is terrific and I do like Dr. Barnes and her family and co-workers.
not and then she finds one of her colleagues murdered. Who did it and
Must read. It is interesting to see Dr. Barnes's work at Grace University
and interaction with her fellow professors and then her home life with
her supportive and protective husband Rocky and daughter Angela (Angie).
Check out the rest in the series!
Nancy Lynn Jarvis Buying Murder
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beginning and it goes along pretty well it just is not quite what I thought