Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Review - Sounds Of Murder by Patricia Rockwell

Sounds of Murder

Title: FM For Murder
Author: Patricia Rockwell
Found At:  Amazon
Format: Paperback and E-Book

Book Description: When Psychology Professor Pamela Barnes discovers her department's star researcher strangled to death in the computer lab, she's determined to find out who did it. Will an accidental recording of the murder allow Pamela to use her expertise in acoustics to identify the killer? A unique cozy mystery--set in the world of academia and high-stakes research--full of excitement, humor, and romance.

In this first book from Patrica Rockwell, we meet Dr. Pamela Barnes.  I enjoyed the fact this book immediately immersed the reader into Dr. Barnes' life.  The academic politics came immediately into play and when a much-disliked colleague is killed, everyone becomes a suspect.  Patrica Rockwell made Pamela Barnes a delightful character.  Even with her being a professor, she  still was a very down to earth person.  She has a loving husband (who cooks!), a tense but loving relationship with her freshman daughter, friends who are her polar opposites and a job she loves.  

This book also shows the underside of the world of academia, with tenure issues, budget cutbacks and personality clashes.  After discovering the body, Dr. Barnes can't help but poke around to find out who killed the researcher.  The killer was never given away until the end and with so many possible suspects, the killer was truly a surprise.  This was an enjoyable read and I think the series potential for this will be outstanding.  Patrica Rockwell leaves you curious about what happens with Pamela Barnes next.  She seems to be a magnet for trouble and I really look forward to see her next adventure.

If your interested the 2nd book of the series is called FM For Murder .

My Review for FM For Murder is HERE.

1 comment:

Julie said...

I just had to smile when I read this review because I have a husband who cooks and a H.S. freshman daughter, yes, "tense but loving." Too bad, I'm not a Dr. lol!
Thanks, Karen for another great review.