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Fatal Induction: A Professor Bradshaw Mystery (Professor Bradshaw Series) Hardcover – May 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590586123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590586129
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,896,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Benjamin Bradshaw (A Spark of Death, 2011), professor of electrical engineering in Seattle, is working hard to win a competition to create a remote-access sound system for the Grand Theater. It is 1901, and President McKinley has just been assassinated, leaving the nation shocked and mourning. There is, however, a mystery closer to home that unfolds when Bradshaw discovers an abandoned peddler’s cart behind his house. It appears that a small child and her father were living in the cart. When Bradshaw learns that the child may be a murder witness, he begins searching for her in the seedy bars and brothels of Seattle’s underworld. As he investigates, he uncovers power struggles and corruption in the police department and decides to use his contest entry as a trap to catch the killer and protect his family. 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. --Barbara Bibel

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"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

"The historical tidbits and information on early electrical inventions keep it interesting." —Kirkus Reviews

"A fine choice for historical-mystery buffs." —Booklist


More About the Author

Bernadette Pajer is the author of the Professor Bradshaw Mysteries, fast-paced whodunits in the Golden-Age tradition. The books in the series have earned the Seal of Approval for Science from the Washington Academy of Sciences (established 1898.) She's a graduate of the University of Washington and a proud member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Northwest Science Writers, and the Seattle7Writers.org. Research is Pajer's favorite activity, and she happily delves into Seattle's past and the early days of electrical invention as she plots Professor Bradshaw's investigations. Pajer lives in the Seattle area with her husband and son.

A SPARK OF DEATH, The First Professor Bradshaw Mystery, July 2011.
FATAL INDUCTION, The Second Professor Bradshaw Mystery, May 2012.
CAPACITY FOR MURDER, The Third Professor Bradshaw Mystery, June 2013
THE EDISON EFFECT, The Fourth Professor Bradshaw Mystery, September 2014

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I look forward to the third in the series.
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Ms. Pajer's excellent word choice allowed me to picture the scene clearly in my mind.
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The characters are interesting and the plot is clever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Bookish Dame on May 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I simply want you to know how extraordinary I have found the Professor Bradshaw books to be. It's always fun to me to find a series of books with a great mystery and a protagonist to enjoy coming back to every year, but it's even more fun when the book holds several dear characters. Especially in an adult book format.

In addition to the obvious you've read above I found the under belly of the book gripping; forensics--early investigation in that area of death and discovery; electronic means of criminal investigations; and even early telltale signs of psychology in criminology. Ms Pajer uses these elements with skill and with a delicacy that flavors her book just enough without overwhelming her story.

"Fatal Induction" also carries with it the characters I fell in love with in "A Spark of Death:"

Mrs. Prouty, the whole "Up-stairs-down-stairs, Downton Abbey staff" in and of herself; (she's bossy and necessary!)

Justin, Bradshaw's adorable son; (he's only in trouble because of that Paul next door)

Missouri, the lovely "non-niece" of the professor's whom he finds himself "not" thinking of sometimes while she "doesn't" think of him, either; :]

and Detective James O'Brien, the Professor's friend--the other investigative man on the "team" who helps solve the mysterious happenings Bradshaw encounters.

These are unforgettable and lovable characters, richly developed and singularly interesting. I can't wait to find chapters or paragraphs involving Missouri, for instance. Obviously, she's a favorite of mine. Why can't I have more of her, Bernadette!!???(I wail... So dramatic..)

Generally, I'm not a "gagety" person when it comes to electronics and such.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cathy G. Cole TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
First Line: The first indication that Professor Benjamin Bradshaw's life was about to plunge again into chaos appeared in the form of a flatulent horse eating Mrs. Prouty's broad beans over the garden fence, its huge teeth tugging greedily at the vines.

It's 1901, and another school year is about to begin at the University of Washington in Seattle. The obsessively organized Professor of Electrical Engineering, Benjamin Bradshaw, has everything ready for his classes which allows him time to participate in an electrical competition.

In this second book in the series, we get to see Bradshaw not as a teacher, but as an inventor who can lose all track of time down in his basement-- to the dismay of his housekeeper Mrs. Prouty. Unfortunately Bradshaw is not going to be left to his stimulating muse. Mrs. Prouty insists on complaining about the horse that's been eating her beans for hours, and when Bradshaw goes to investigate, he finds the horse hitched to an empty peddler's wagon. Although he searches, he can find no trace of the owner or his daughter, only bottles of Ralph's Restorative-- a tonic that has been making people ill.

Then the entire nation is thrown into shock: President McKinley is assassinated. But Bradshaw can't get the idea out of his head that a little girl is missing and may be in danger. Although he can't let the girl's disappearance go, he seems to be getting very little help from either his friend, Detective O'Brien, or Detective March, a policeman who tries his best to be helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack98110 on July 14, 2012
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I thouroughly enjoyed reading 'Fatal Induction'. As soon as I'd finished 'Spark of Death' I bought this book and now can't wait for the third book in the series. Professor Bradshaw is a well-developed character and I loved following his process for uncovering each mystery. I'm just a casual reader who enjoys a good story along with picking up some history of early Seattle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Reader in Washington on May 18, 2012
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When I reviewed Bernadette Pajer's debut novel, A SPARK OF DEATH, I said that the best single descriptive word for it would be "intelligent." That holds for Pajer's just-published second book in her Professor Benjamin Bradshaw series, FATAL INDUCTION. The plotting is exceedingly clever, the characters are believable and sympathetic, and the background - both the 1901 Seattle setting and the scientific escapades of the protagonist - support the story line admirably.

As FATAL INDUCTION begins, Professor Bradshaw has settled more comfortably into his life in Seattle. True, he's not really happy that Missouri Fremont, the attractive-in-her-own-way niece of his friend, has moved into her own quarters as she prepares to enter the University of Washington as a student, but she does come around to visit frequently. There are still possibilities.

The professor is preparing to enter a contest for the best-designed apparatus for transmission of theatrical performances to homes via telephone lines, but his work is impeded by the discovery of an abandoned patent-medicine salesman's wagon behind his house. It troubles Bradshaw that there apparently had been a young girl in the wagon, and when the patent-medicine salesman is found murdered, Bradshaw feels compelled to find the missing child, the only witness to the crime.

Teaching duties conflict with inventing, and amateur detective work conflicts with both. Bradshaw puts his own life into danger by going down to Seattle's dangerous Tenderloin area, and his activities strain his relationship with his friend, Police Detective O'Brien.
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