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Name:  Patricia Ann Rockwell  

Pen Name: Patricia Rockwell

Genre: Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946 in Lincoln, Nebraska

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Patricia lives in Aurora, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

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.Now retired, Rockwell is excited about starting her own publishing company called Cozy Cat Press which will produce mysteries.

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Titles At Your Library

Sarcasm And Other Mixed Messages: The Ambiguous Ways People Use Language
ISBN: 0773459170

Edwin Mellen Pr. 2006

Rockwell, Patricia Ann

Sounds of Murder
ISBN: 0984479503

Cozy Cat Press. 2010

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.

FM For Murder: A Pamela Barnes acoustic mystery
ISBN: 0984479546

Cozy Cat Press. 2012

Who shot the disk jockey on air? No one saw the killer, but many heard the murder!Local police are mystified, so they ask Psychology professor and acoustics expert Pamela Barnes to assist them in investigating the crime. Can she determine who shot disk jockey and cult music hero Black Vulture just by listening to the radio station’s audio recording of the crime? And how does this crime figure in to the impending death of a wealthy carpet manufacturer hundreds of miles away? Or the driven behavior of his conscientious son who is keeping a very important secret? Unbeknownst to Pamela, another thread of this strange mystery is about to unravel. Will she be able to solve it before another victim is claimed? FM FOR MURDER is Patricia Rockwell’s second in her acoustic mystery series featuring Pamela Barnes. In it, Rockwell re-introduces readers to a feisty heroine, who doesn’t let her academic duties and position prevent her from fighting for justice. Pamela fights crime with the tools she knows best—sound waves.

Stump Speech Murder: A Pamela Barnes Acoustic Mystery
ISBN: 0984840230

Cozy Cat Press. 2012

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?

Voice Mail Murder (A Pamela Barnes Acoustic Mystery)
ISBN: 0984479589

Cozy Cat Press. 2012

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. Read Patricia Rockwell’s new cozy mystery VOICE MAIL MURDER.

Murder in the Round: A Pamela Barnes Acoustic Mystery
ISBN: 0988194333

Cozy Cat Press. 2012

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.

Bingoed: An Essie Cobb Senior Sleuth Mystery
ISBN: 0984479570

Cozy Cat Press. 2011

Why would spry senior Bob Weiderley suddenly faint and fall into a coma after winning a game of Bingo? After all, he was the most physically fit of all the men at the Happy Haven Assisted Living Facility (although there weren’t many men at HH because women outnumbered them four to one). It was just very suspicious. That’s why Essie Cobb and her friends and fellow residents--Opal, Marjorie, and Fay--decided to investigate. Was it possible that someone was out to get the friendly old gentleman? Maybe it was Violet, Happy Haven’s director, trying to cover up her shady past. Or Sue, the activities director, whose behavior was unusual to say the least. Maybe it was one of the three women who sat at Bob’s regular table in the dining room. Or the mysterious man who had recently sent Bob a startling letter. Essie Cobb is determined to find out—and she’s not going to let her age (90) or her various age-related infirmities hold her back. Welcome to Happy Haven. If you thought most elderly residents of assisted living facilities spent their days watching television and sitting in the sun, you haven’t met Essie Cobb, senior sleuth, and her three mystery-solving buddies. These four elderly ladies have insatiable curiosity, unending concern for their fellow man (especially their fellow ‘man’), and energy and determination that some might find unusual for women in their 80’s and 90’s. They may not be able to get around as fast as youngsters in their 60’s, or navigate that Interstate—Internet (or whatever that computer thing is), but they can solve a mystery. And they’re starting with this one.

Papoosed: An Essie Cobb Senior Sleuth Mystery
ISBN: 0984840214

Cozy Cat Press. 2012

The Happy Haven Assisted Living Facility is a home for senior citizens--not newborn babies. So, when one of the kitchen workers asks ninety-year-old resident Essie Cobb to secretly care for his missing co-worker's infant, she is flabbergasted, but determined. Along with her intrepid friends--Marjorie, Opal, and Fay--amateur sleuth Essie sets out to hide and protect the baby--and find his missing mother. Unfortunately, she isn't expecting to deal with exterminators, suspicious neighbors, virus outbreaks, and the snowstorm of the century. Luckily, Essie is one smart cookie, and if anyone can manage to reunite a mother and child right before Christmas--it's Essie.

Valentined: An Essie Cobb Senior Sleuth Mystery
ISBN: 0984840265

Cozy Cat Press. 2012

It’s Valentine’s Day and most women would be thrilled to receive a card from a secret admirer. Not so, ninety-year-old Essie Cobb, one of the star residents of the Happy Haven Assisted Living Facility. When Essie finds an over-the-top, flowery, valentine from an unknown individual in her mailbox, she goes into detective mode. Who could this person be? Why would they send her such a card? Essie is determined to find out, even if she has to ask for help from her three friends––Opal, Marjorie, and Fay. When Essie’s snooping takes a dangerous turn, she finds herself thrust into the middle of a police investigation. Will Essie help the police solve this Valentine’s Day mystery or will she strike out on her own against an unknown foe who has anything but romance in mind?

Ghosted: An Essie Cobb Senior Sleuth Mystery
ISBN: 1939816009

Cozy Cat Press. 2013

It’s Halloween and time for the goblins to come out. But for Essie Cobb, senior sleuth, and her pals at the Happy Haven Assisted Living Facility, there’s nothing quite so spooky as a good mystery. Maybe it’s the strange new resident who resembles Mark Twain. Why does he collect a box surreptitiously each day from a stranger behind the kitchen entrance? Or maybe it’s Felix Federico, Happy Haven’s new manager. Where did this Italian heart throb of all the female residents, develop his charming ways? And will Essie’s pals be able to convince her to go on a field trip to a local haunted house despite her aversion to any activity that takes her away from a nearby restroom? But most important––why is Essie seeing things? Such as large rodents in her shower, faces in her crossword puzzles, and the ghost of her dead husband on her favorite television game show? Is she being haunted or is age finally catching up to this ninety-year-old lady? Essie isn’t one to just sit around and wait for an answer. She’s going into detective mode and find out why she’s being GHOSTED.

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