Sounds of Murder Pamela Barnes Acoustic Mysteries Book 1 by Patricia Rockwell Genre: Cozy Mystery
SOUNDS OF MURDER tells a tale of academic intrigue and death. At Grace University, a small southern college, no one in the Psychology Department likes Charlotte Clark, so no one is particularly upset when she is found murdered in the department’s million-dollar computer lab. But because she discovered the body, Associate Professor Pamela Barnes feels obligated to find Charlotte’s killer. When she discovers a recording of the murder that was accidentally produced during Charlotte’s struggle with the killer, she begins her own investigation. Along the way, Pamela agonizes with her own conscience as she fights her growing fear. She attempts to understand her mysterious Department Chair, keep her curious colleagues informed, placate her protective husband, and avoid antagonizing a local rube detective who belittles her efforts–all while she struggles to make sense of the sounds on the recording. As she gets deeper and deeper into her analysis—trying to connect what she hears in the recording with sounds from people (and potential killers) around her–she gets closer and closer to the killer. However, the killer is observing Pamela’s efforts and resolving to stop her. **Only 99 cents**Goodreads * Amazon
FM For Murder Pamela Barnes Acoustic Mysteries Book 2
Who shot the disk jockey while he was on air? No one saw the killer, but many heard the murder on the radio. Local police are mystified and ask Psychology professor and acoustics expert Pamela Barnes to assist them in investigating the crime. Can she determine who shot the deejay just by listening to the radio station’s audio recording of the killing? And how does this crime connect to the impending death of a wealthy carpet manufacturer hundreds of miles away? And the driven behavior of his conscientious son who hides a very important secret? Unknown to Pamela, another thread of this strange mystery is about to unravel. Will she be able to solve it before another victim is claimed? In FM FOR MURDER, the second in Patricia Rockwell’s acoustic mystery series, we follow feisty amateur sleuth Pamela Barnes who doesn’t let academic duties prevent her from fighting crime. And Pamela fights crime with the tools she knows best—sound waves. Goodreads * Amazon
Voice Mail Murder Pamela Barnes Acoustic Mysteries Book 3
Sex! Knives! Voice Mail Messages! Who stabbed the philandering football coach in the back? Was it one of the three women who left romantic voice mail messages on the cell phone found next to his body in the motel room? The police don’t have a clue. None of the coach’s family, friends, or colleagues recognize the voices of the unidentified women–and probable mistresses. Who could they be? This sounds like a case for Pamela Barnes, local Psychology professor, acoustics expert, and sometimes amateur sleuth. Can she identify the three women (and potential murder suspects) from just the sound of their voices on the voice mail? Who are these mystery women and how did the popular coach manage to conduct affairs with all of them unbeknownst to everyone around him? And how did he keep his trio of lovers from finding out about each other—or did he? It’s a tangled romantic web that ultimately led to murder and Pamela Barnes is determined to figure it out. Goodreads * Amazon
Stump Speech Murder Pamela Barnes Acoustic Mysteries Book 4
James Grant, a young politician with everything going for him, including the most recent polls, gives a rousing stump speech in a local park. His campaign for mayor against the entrenched incumbent looks unstoppable. That is, until the police discover him standing over his wife’s dead body with the murder weapon in his hands. It certainly looks as if James is guilty. But psychologist and acoustics expert Pamela Barnes has other ideas–and they include helping this young man prove his innocence and succeed in his bid for mayor. Can Pamela’s knowledge of sound help her find the real killer and exonerate James? Or will this young politician’s most recent stump speech be his last? Goodreads * Amazon
Murder in the Round Pamela Barnes Acoustic Mysteries Book 5
A night out with her husband to watch her best friend perform in a local community theater “in-the-round” production surely shouldn’t be cause for amateur sleuth Pamela Barnes to use any of her acoustic detecting skills. But when one of the actresses collapses on stage and dies, Pamela finds herself in the thick of things. The recorder in her purse making an audio copy of the performance for another friend who couldn’t attend, may now prove important when it’s determined that the victim was poisoned. Do the sounds on the recording hold any clues to the identity of the murderer? It looks like Pamela is on the sound trail again, and she––and her pals in the Pyschology Department at Grace University––will not stop until they find the person who committed this murder in the round. Goodreads * Amazon
Patricia Rockwell is the author of the Pamela Barnes acoustic mystery series. This amateur sleuth solves crimes using her knowledge of sound. The series includes SOUNDS OF MURDER, FM FOR MURDER, VOICE MAIL MURDER, STUMP SPEECH MURDER, and MURDER IN THE ROUND. Her new series, Essie Cobb senior sleuth, features a 90-year-old assisted living facility resident who solves mysteries. The books in this series include BINGOED, PAPOOSED, VALENTINED, and GHOSTED. FIRECRACKERED, the fifth in the series, will launch on June 25, 2016. Dr. 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. She is presently living in Aurora, Illinois, with her husband Milt, also a retired educator. The couple has two adult children. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Amazon * Goodreads
EXCERPT from FM FOR MURDER
Book #2 in the Pamela Barnes Acoustic Mysteries
“Okay, folks out there in radio land, that was Calliope’s Doom with their new song, ‘Cursed Bones.’
Their newest tune, following closely on the heels of their first big, success—‘Entrails of Love.’ This is
Black Vulture with the best of death and dying, torture and blood. The most alternative of alternative rock
for those of you who have nothing better to do on a Saturday night. Make that Sunday morning now here
at KRDN, 933 on your FM radio dial. Just a few minutes after midnight. And for those of you crazy
enough to stick with me until 4 a.m. (or should I say, those of you, without anything more interesting to
do), I’ll be playing a host of your favorite songs from some of the best alternative bands in the country.
For example, there’s a new CD I just got in from one of my favorite new bands—Ochre Fugue. As you
know, Ochre Fugue recently played locally to a packed crowd at the Blue Poppy in downtown Reardon.
That was a gig, wasn’t it? Obviously, they have lots of fans here in our little berg. I was lucky enough to
get to interview Jake Millet with the band. I know, I know; you’re all jealous. Well, eat my liver. Getting
to interview bands is one of the perks—one of the very few—of my job here at KRDN. Believe me, I
don’t work here for the pay (hope the station manager isn’t listening).
Ah, shoot! Gotta do a commercial now. This one is for—hmm, let’s see—Avery’s Auto Repair on
South Jackson. Let me try to read this with some energy: ‘Hey, guys (and ladies), Avery’s will fix your
wheels for a fair price’—and let’s face it—most of us don’t have new cars so we probably need a fix-up
more often than not, right? But, ‘the Avery brothers have been in Reardon for—ever. Simple, honest,
repair work. They don’t have a fancy location or building, but they do good work. So, check ‘em out.’
And I’d add to that–especially you students. I mean, Christmas break’s coming up in a week or two and if
you’re planning on driving home to visit Mommy and Poppy you’d better be sure your wheels will make
the trip. And you’d better be sure you arrive wearing clean clothes too; parents like that that sort of thing.
So I hear.
Okay, now, as I said before, I’m going to be playing a track from Ochre Fugue’s new CD. In just a
minute. What are you waiting for, right? I first heard this group in the Big Easy, several years ago. I was
makin’ the rounds of the clubs and ran across this band at a vampire underground party. What a sound
they have. Dark. Scary. Like blood, you know, from the coffin. Makes you cringe all over. The bass
player has a great get-up. I’d describe ‘em in more appropriate language if it weren’t for the FCC
breathin’ down my neck. You know what I’d like to say, though, don’t you? All two of you. Don’t
expect there’s too many fans listening in after midnight on a Saturday—unless you’re a real loser. Like
me. Still working on your graduate degree after six years. Right?
Anyway, I got the Ochre Fugue disc prepped for you. Let’s see, which track should I play? Oh, wait.
Just heard a car pull up outside the studio. Looks like I’ve got a visitor. Well, what do you know! That
hardly ever happens this far out in the boonies—especially this late. Well, that’ll be su—per! I get bored
all alone out here at the studio all night long—deejaying and doing all my own tech work. If any of you
guys ever want to drop in and visit—great. Just come on by—if you can find it. Okay, here he comes in
the door now. Hey, maybe it’s a she—better yet! My lucky night!
Oh, hi! Come on in! I’m Theodore Ballard—Black Vulture to my fans. You a fan of alternative rock?
What the? Hey, that’s a gun! What do you need a gun for? Why’re you pointin’ it at me? Wha––? No!