Rock & Roll Murder Mystery Receives Exceptional Reviews

The mystery genre novel Rock & Roll Homicide has been receiving stellar reviews. It quotes the former Director of Communications for the Boston Police Department, Midwest Book Review, an Amazon critic, and MyWeek in Music Magazine in describing the appeal of this unique detective fiction.

[USPRwire, Sat Aug 16 2008] Rock & Roll Homicide, a novel by RJ McDonnell, is a hit with the critics, rock fans, and professional musicians. Beverly Ford, former Director of Communications for the Boston Police Department and 20 year veteran of the Boston Herald wrote:

“I’ve found McDonnell to be one of the most engaging, enjoyable, and funniest writers I’ve come across in a long, long time. With his smart style and well-crafted characters, Rock & Roll Homicide can easily break out to make McDonnell, one of the most sought after writers of his generation.”

The novel is from the perspective of mid-20s San Diego private investigator, Jason Duffy, a former club musician. He is hired by the widow of a slain rock star to work his first murder case. In over his head, Duffy utilizes all of his resources and music industry experience to move his investigation forward. This includes mending fences with his estranged father, a retired and highly opinionated San Diego police detective.

The August issue of the Midwest Book Review wrote:

“A brilliantly written tale of sex, drugs, rock & roll, and of the Mob. Rock & Roll Homicide is highly recommended for community library mystery collections.”

McDonnell’s television and Internet comedy writing experience shines through, notes Amazon critic John Luczak:

“For me, the centerpiece to this intriguing whodunit is the laugh-out-loud humor that happens in between the action scenes and serious sleuthing.”

The current issue of MyWeek in Music Magazine quotes Robbie Walsh, an East Coast lead guitarist who formed a band with Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist, Noel Redding, in the early 1990s:

"I found the band members and the way they interact with each other to be very believable," said Walsh, who once filled in on lead guitar for Jethro Tull. "I don't usually read fiction, but Rock & Roll Homicide remained true to form and held my interest throughout the whole book."

McDonnell is writing a mystery series using the same core cast of characters. The second installment is slated for a spring 2009 release. A book description, excerpt, author bio, media kit, reviews, and ordering information may be found at

Rock & Roll Homicide
Hardcover – Killeena Publishing, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-9814914-1-7

Company: Killeena Publishing

Contact Name: RJ McDonnell

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Contact Phone: 570-558-9670

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