Capacity for Murder (Professor Bradshaw Series #3)

Capacity for Murder (Professor Bradshaw Series #3)

by Bernadette Pajer


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The Sanatarium offers no cure for murder...

At the dawn of the 20th century, Healing Sands Sanitarium, southwest of Seattle, Washington, sits on the sandy doorstep of the Pacific Ocean. Famed for its restorative rest cures, fermented diets, and Dr. Hornsby’s electrotherapeutics, no one has ever died at Healing Sands. Until now. 
  When Professor Bradshaw is summoned to investigate, he knows this was no accident, but his only clue to foul play is as insubstantial as smoke—to anyone other than an electrical engineer. Suspects in this isolated location are limited to a handful whose lives—and lies—must be exhumed and examined. 
  A sinister tale emerges as deep undercurrents turn personal, provoking Bradshaw to make a decision about the woman he loves. And then an everyday object provides the key, alerting Bradshaw that one among them is a walking dead man, and another possesses the capacity for murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781464201264
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Series: Capacity for Murder Series , #3
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bernadette Pajer is the author of the Professor Bradshaw Mystery series which include A SPARK OF DEATH, FATAL INDUCTION, and CAPACITY FOR MURDER.  She lives in the Seattle area with her husband and son, and when not researching or writing, enjoys supporting Reading Local and Literacy in the Northwest with the

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Capacity for Murder 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
KateC More than 1 year ago
My shaky command of electricity was not an obstacle to enjoying Capacity for Murder, the third Professor Bradshaw Mystery by Bernadette Pajer. While Bradshaw is an acclaimed expert in electricity at the start of the 1900s, Pajer gives ample information for the reader to understand how an electrotherapy device figures into a murder at a health resort on the coast of Washington State. There is nothing dry or erudite about this academic mystery. It is an evocative, fast-paced story of a highly-principled but flawed investigator and his unflagging hunt for a murderer without conscience. I was especially impressed with Pajer’s ability to show the various settings of the story through the sensitive perception of the professor. Also, Bradshaw’s tenderness with his 10-year-old child is a beautiful and effective counter to the cold-blooded murder of a beloved man that opens the book. I’m eager to read more of the Professor Bradshaw Mysteries.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Professor Bradshaw is Fully Charged Capacity for Murder by Bernadette Pajer Poison Pen Press (May 30, 2013) Reviewed by Jean A. Smith Capacity for Murder by Bernadette Pajer, the third installment of the Professor Bradshaw mysteries does not short circuit or short change the reader.  Ben Bradshaw is a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington early in the 20th century.   The mystery unfolds with a series of twists and turns mixed with interesting historical and scientific facts that keep the reader guessing to the very end. To add to Bradshaw's "Mr. Chips" charm, he is a widower, single father very confused by his growing attraction for his assistant's much younger niece. Bradshaw is summoned to the Healing Sands Sanitarium by director Dr. Hornsby to investigate the untimely death of Hornsby’s son-in-law David Hollister.  Bradshaw must use his expertise in understanding electric currents as well as shrewd investigative techniques to unmask the killer.  Well drawn, three dimensional characters populate the sanitarium as well as the entourage Bradshaw brings with him. The cast of guests and employees of the sanitarium mistrust each other due to not only the murder but also their social class issues.  Comic relief is achieved through the innocent eyes of Bradshaw's son, and Bradshaw's dry wit when dealing with the unpleasant dietary offerings reminiscent of the Battle Creek Sanitarium most closely associated with the Kellogg family. This is the first novel in this series that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The two previous mysteries- A Spark of Death and Fatal Induction are on my to-be-read short list. If you are a fan of historical mysteries, this is the novel for you.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
Professor Bradshaw was called to a sanatorium because there was an electrical accident that killed a person who happened to be the handyman and the son in law of the owner. The other patients were Mr Moss a recent millionaire, Mr and Mrs Thompson, a husband and wife and Mr Loomis a salesman/conman. Professor Bradshaw arrives at the coast with his assistant and students were along to keep their lessons going. It is a great storyline and wonderful characters and real life events were mixed into the story. I highly recommend this¿ book. Thanks to Net Galley and Poisoned Pen Press