Professor Bradshaw

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 68 ratings

A Spark of Death Publisher's Summary

When University of Washington Professor Benjamin Bradshaw discovers the dead body of a despised colleague 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 newfangled 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. But questions abound. How had the electric machine's Tesla coil delivered a fatal shock? Was the murder personal, or was it connected to President McKinley's planned visit? Were students involved, or were they in danger? And why had Bradshaw's best friend, Henry, fled to Alaska on the day of the murder?

Danger and death lurk everywhere—disguised as accidents. Then Henry’s niece, Missouri, appears on Bradshaw’s porch in need of a home. Her unorthodox views and femininity confuse and intrigue him, and he feels a spark of love while yet struggling to protect his own haunting secret. Has Bradshaw begun to feel alive again only to lose all he holds dear? Before it’s too late, he must discover the circuit path that led to a spark of death.

©2011 Bernadette Pajer (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • A Spark of Death

    • The First Professor Bradshaw Mystery
    • By: Bernadette Pajer
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    When University of Washington Professor Benjamin Bradshaw discovers the dead body of a despised colleague inside the Faraday cage of the electric machine, his carefully controlled world shatters.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Spark of Death

    • By Rob Lee on 07-22-11

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • Fatal Induction

    • A Professor Bradshaw Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Bernadette Pajer
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A cerebral mystery

    • By M. Black on 08-28-12

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 3

    • Capacity for Murder

    • A Professor Bradshaw Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Bernadette Pajer
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    In the early years of the 20th century, restorative waters are a popular health draw for many. Healing Sands Sanitarium, northwest of Hoquiam, Washington, is located on the sandy edge of the Pacific Ocean and is famous for its restorative rest cure, fermented diets, and Dr. Hornsby’s electrotherapeutics. No one has ever died at Healing Sands - until now. When Benjamin Bradshaw, a professor at the University of Washington and a specialist in electricity, is summoned to investigate, he immediately knows that this death was no accident.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • EXCELLENT HISTORICAL MURDER MYSTERIES!

    • By Bunty on 01-02-16

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 4

    • The Edison Effect

    • Professor Bradshaw Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Bernadette Pajer
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    When Thomas Edison asks for information, most feel compelled to give it. Not University of Washington professor Benjamin Bradshaw. Not when the question concerns a device conceived in anger and harnessed for murder. Bradshaw hopes the mysterious invention remains lost in Elliott Bay, eluding the search of deep-sea divers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not as good as previous

    • By John J. Lytle on 05-14-17

    Regular price: $24.47