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A Spark of Death

A Professor Bradshaw Mystery

Bernadette Pajer


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Can death bring a man back to life? When UW Professor Benjamin Bradshaw discovers a despised colleague dead inside the Faraday Cage of the Electric Machine, his carefully controlled world shatters. The facts don t add up the police shout murder and Bradshaw is the lone suspect. To protect his young son and clear his name, he must find the killer. Seattle in 1901 is a bustling blend of frontier attitude and cosmopolitan swagger. The Snoqualmie Falls Power Plant lights the city, but to most Seattleites, electricity is new-fangled and dangerous. The public wants a culprit they want Bradshaw behind bars. The killer wants Bradshaw dead. His life and liberty threatened, Bradshaw discovers the thrill of investigation as he's thrust deeper into the hunt. Questions abound. How had the Electric Machine's Tesla Coil delivered a fatal shock? Was the murder personal or connected to President McKinley's planned visit? Were students involved, or in danger? And why had Bradshaw's best friend, Henry, fled to Alaska the day of the murder? When Henry's niece Missouri appears on Bradshaw's porch in need of a home, her unorthodox views and femininity confuse and intrigue him as he struggles to protect his own haunting secret. Danger and death lurk everywhere disguised as accidents. Has Bradshaw come alive again only to lose all he holds dear? Before it's too late, will he discover the circuit path that led to a spark of death?

Praise For A Spark of Death: A Professor Bradshaw Mystery

"In my opinion, Bernadette Pajer knocked this book out of the ballpark...This mystery has the reader engaged and drawn into the twists, turns, and clues to find the murderer. Definitely a must read for the mystery lover." —Suspense Magazine

"Pajer’s series kickoff presents a good mystery, a clever detective and a fascinating look at the early days of electrical power." --Kirkus Reviews

"With plenty of historical details and an eclectic cast of characters, plus a well-constructed plot and terrific pacing, this engaging first novel should be recommended to all fans of historical mysteries, especially the Max Liebermann mysteries by Frank Tallis." --Booklist

"Readers will look forward to seeing more of this quaintly charming and idiosyncratic sleuth." --Publishers Weekly

"A Spark of Death" crackles with mystery, romance, and expert, evocative explanation of electricity at the dawn of the 20th Century in vibrant frontier Seattle. Bernadette Pajer's splendid debut promises dogged Professor Benjamin Bradshaw will be solving crimes in many books to come." --William Dietrich, author of Blood of the Reich


Poisoned Pen Press, 9781590589052, 210pp.

Publication Date: July 5, 2011

About the Author

Bernadette Pajer is a Seattle native and graduate of the University of Washington, Bothell. She lives in Monroe, WA with her husband and son. A SPARK OF DEATH is the first book of The Professor Bradshaw Mystery series."