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

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
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 hi ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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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
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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
Lisa Brunette
May 24, 2016 Lisa Brunette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read that will scratch two itches if you're a lover of history and science. Three if you're also mad for mysteries. Pajer is a skilled researcher who blends historical and scientific facts into an engaging story of murder and mayhem. Through the perspective of the thoroughly likable Professor Bradshaw, readers become immersed in a seemingly impossible-to-solve case. Impossible, that is, unless you're in tune with both scientific detail and the darkness that drives some to extremes ...more
Apr 10, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
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
Cathy Cole
May 16, 2013 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The Book Breeze
Sep 04, 2014 The Book Breeze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2013 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Anna Bergmark
Nov 23, 2016 Anna Bergmark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, boy! This was a quantum leap forwards! Still not a character driven novel perhaps, but for the first time in the series the story doesn't run on electricity alone.

The setting is a somewhat isolated sanatorium by the sea. When a man is killed by... yes, you're right, by electrocution, the suspects are a select few - and even fewer when another death occurs. It's an old fashioned grip, but a GOOD one and it works very well here. You get to know people, one after another, as professor Bradshaw
Mar 23, 2015 Jakalak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 19, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Deb Novack
Apr 29, 2013 Deb Novack rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
David Marshall
Mar 30, 2013 David Marshall rated it really liked it
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.
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).
Feb 19, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 30, 2014 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mary Kay
Aug 03, 2013 Mary Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really interesting book mixing technology developments with turn of the twentieth century Pacific Northwest places.
Ann Marie
3.5. Really like this series as it's local and historical. Very different! This time set on the WA coast. Check: set in my state, murder mystery.
Aug 12, 2015 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Delightful, as expected.
Lakshmi Mareddy
Well written and captures details of that time period very well... :)
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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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