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Capacity for Murder: A Professor Bradshaw Mystery (Professor Bradshaw Mysteries #3)

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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I love Edwardian mysteries; I love scientific mysteries, so snatching this one off the library shelf was a no brainer. I'm also easily distracted and disappointed by mysteries that get either the history, the scientific detail, or both wrong. I was neither distracted nor disappointed by anything in this book. To use 1903 slang, this one is a corker.

Professor Benjamin Bradshaw is a professor at the State University in Seattle, Washington. He's also—to the best of my literary knowledge—the first a
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Bev
Full Review Coming SoonBernadette Pajer does it again in another electrifying installment of her Professor Benjamin Bradshaw historical mysteries. Capacity for Murder is the third of the Bradshaw stories and in this one he takes on death by electrotherapeutics. Bradshaw is an electrical engineering professor at the University of Washington at the dawn of the 20th Century. By now he has been involved in two major criminal cases (documented in A Spark of Death and Fatal Induction) and he and his a ...more
Amy
Jul 18, 2014 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
I didn't think it would be possible to enjoy Bernadette's third book more than I enjoyed the first two, but I was wrong. Capacity for Murder was even better. It has all the elements I look for in a great mystery: a hint of romance; a wonderful setting that made me wish I was there; a cast of characters who seem so suspicious that it's difficult to know who's guilty; and a determined, intelligent protagonist. I was amazed at the clever uses of electricity. The chapters that took place at the aban ...more
The Book Breeze
Professor Benjamin Bradshaw pursues another case to its resolution in the third of Pajer’s Bradshaw mysteries. An engaging piece of historical fiction with just enough electrical engineering information to be interesting, the pacing is sharp. Bradshaw is reluctant to go into the wild territory of Washington state in the early 1900s, but his curiosity to investigate another electrical event gone wrong urges him forward. With his friend, Henry, Missouri who is a love interest he is trying to ignor ...more
Anne
An enthralling & engrossing read. Set in the early 1900's, the latest Professor Bradshaw book finds Bradshaw being called to a remote sanitarium on the northern coastline of Washington to investigate an electrical accident that he subsequently finds is a suspicious death. To complicate matters he finds that one of his own machines is involved in the death & he has arrived with an entourage (his young son & a friend, his housekeeper, Henry & his niece Missouri & a group of sum ...more
Jakalak
Professor Bradshaw is back again, this time uncovering the events that led to an electrocution during an electrotherapy treatment at a remote sanitarium called Healing Sands. This seemed like an appropriate time in the series to take Bradshaw & Co. on the road, and I enjoyed the setting and premise for the incident he is investigating. In fact, the first two-thirds of the novel had the top-notch writing and good pacing I have come to expect from Bernadette Pajer. Plus there are interesting d ...more
Laura
Capacity For Murder, the third book in Pajer’s Professor Benjamin Bradshaw Mystery series, opens with a cry for help via telegram from Dr. Hornsby, owner of Healing Sands Sanitarium in Ocean Springs, WA. The Dr. begs Professor Bradshaw to come to him immediately, because he is a leading expert in electricity and there has been an “accident of electrical nature”.

Reluctant to leave Seattle for the untamed coastal retreat, Bradshaw declines at first. Nevertheless, the lure of mystery, science and
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Jean
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 fact
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Cathy Cole
First Line: It all began with a freckle-faced youth delivering a telegram.


The University of Washington's Professor Benjamin Bradshaw is beginning to get a reputation as an electrical forensic investigator-- even beyond the city limits of Seattle at the turn of the twentieth century. When Dr. Arnold Hornsby of the Healing Sands Sanitarium in Ocean Springs, Washington, sends an urgent telegram for him to come investigate the death of one of his patients, Bradshaw agrees, taking a rather large part
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Mary
Pajer just gets better with each book in the professor bradshaw historical mystery series. If you like mysteries with twist, look no further. This book would be good for readers who like to read about history or science.
But be warned that this novel is set in Washington state circa 1903. Also if you have not read the earlier titles in the series you might be confused for a bit of time.
Mary
Ms. Pajer has penned another excellent Professor Bradshaw mystery. Good plotting, excellent mystery, beautiful locale, interesting characters. This book has it all. Highly recommended for lovers of scientific and turn of the century mysteries.
Shawn
I really enjoy reading books that are local to where I live and work. This book did not disappoint. I enjoyed the mystery, and the era of the plot.
Deb Novack
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
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Jesikah Sundin
This is my favorite Bradshaw Mystery to date! Professor Benjamin Bradshaw embarks on a journey to uncover a mysterious death during a therapeutic electric chair session at a sanitarium along the Washington coast. The cast of characters are well developed and read like real people. I am especially fond of Henry, Bradshaw's dearest friend. His humor made me smile in several scenes. The plot is intriguing, the clues are well placed, and the therapeutic electric chair captured my morbid curiosity. I ...more
David Marshall
Although I find the prose style slightly thin, the quality of the mystery to be solved wins the day. It's pleasing to find such a satisfying blend of history, science and mystery in one package.

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Stephanie Jewett
Enjoyed this one as much as the others in the series. They have what I like in Historical Mysteries- a great sense of place, a little science, a little romance (very little, in this case, but it's there).
Mary Kay
Another really interesting book mixing technology developments with turn of the twentieth century Pacific Northwest places.
Lakshmi Mareddy
Well written and captures details of that time period very well... :)
Caroline
Terrifically entertaining!
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Bernadette Pajer spent her childhood in Seattle, surrounded by the beautiful Cascade and Olympic mountains and Puget Sound. She holds a degree from the University of Washington, Bothell, where she studied CLA (Cultural, Literature, and the Arts) in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Science program. Research is her favorite activity, and she happily delves into Seattle's past and the early days of ele ...more
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