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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (48 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernadette Pajer Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Professor Bradshaw Mysteries Release Date:
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The race to win an electrical competition incites Professor Benjamin Bradshaw’s obsession for invention in this sequel to A Spark of Death.

The contest winner’s telephonic system will deliver music of the Seattle Grand Theater to homes throughout the city, and Bradshaw is confident he can win. But he is diverted by a peddler and a child gone missing, while the assassination of President McKinley drops Bradshaw and the entire nation into shock.

When Bradshaw discovers that the peddler’s child may have witnessed a murder, he follows her trail, which takes him to the Seattle waterfront below Yesler Way and into the seedy underworld of bars and brothels. Frustrated by the police department’s apathy and caught between power struggles, he doesn’t know whom to trust. Each step of his investigation entangles him deeper in crime and corruption until he realizes that, to save the peddler’s child, he must transform his contest entry into a trap to catch a killer.

The Professor Bradshaw Mystery series features Benjamin Bradshaw, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington. Bradshaw’s electrical, forensic, and investigative skills, combined with a keen understanding of human nature, once again bring the Seattle Police—and murder—to his doorstep amid the social and scientific turmoil of the early twentieth century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bernadette Pajer is a real find for readers. Her latest historical mystery is a wildly entertaining journey into the past, featuring the charming and quirky Professor Bradshaw, superb writing, and a story that offers a perfect balance of humor, pathos, tragedy, and comedy. Don’t miss it!”

    Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Bradshaw will win readers over as he puts his own life and his friendship with Det. James O’Brien in jeopardy in pursuit of the truth.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bradshaw’s engineering and forensic skills offer readers a glimpse at life during the early twentieth century, including both the social unrest and the excitement over new scientific and technological discoveries. A fine choice for historical-mystery buffs.”

    Booklist

  • “The historical tidbits and information on early electrical inventions keep it interesting.”

    Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carma Spence | 11/20/2013

    " Well written murder mystery. The only thing was that I kept getting the characters mixed up ... probably just me, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lois | 8/20/2013

    " I couldn't find the first book. But it was easy to get up to speed with everything. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marie | 5/25/2013

    " I enjoyed Professor Bradshaw's first outing in A Spark of Death so had high hopes for this second in the series. Verdict: I can't wait for book 3, so keep writing, Bernadette! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joy | 2/1/2013

    " I liked the link to Bradshaw's inventive nature. I enjoyed his characters and the period set in USA. Many favorite authors use the early 1900's, usually set in England. Only drawback, it was so short. Left me curious what would happen next. "

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About the Author
Author Bernadette Pajer

Bernadette Pajer is a Seattle native and graduate of the University of Washington, Bothell. She lives in Monroe, Washington, with her husband and son.