Book Review: “The Edison Effect” by Bernadette Pajer

October 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Bernadette Pajer in her new book, “A Professor Bradshaw MysteryThe Edison Effect” Book Four in the Professor Bradshaw Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us another adventure with Professor Bradshaw.

From the back cover:   Inventor Thomas Alva Edison is also a ruthless businessman, intent on furthering his patents and General Electric and beating rivals like Nikola Tesla and Westinghouse. Edison has agents in place in Seattle but he’s come himself in pursuit of a mysterious invention lost in 1901 in Elliott Bay. When Edison asks for information, few refuse. But not University of Washington Professor Benjamin Bradshaw who’s earned a reputation as a private investigator where science—electricity—is concerned. Bradshaw hopes that the lost device, one conceived in anger by an anarchist and harnessed for murder, will elude Edison’s hired divers.

Soon, one December morning, 1903, the Bon Marché’s Department Store electrician is found dead in the Men’s Wear Window clutching a festoon of Edison’s new holiday lights. Bradshaw believes Edison had set a dangerous game in motion. Motives multiply as the dead man’s secrets surface alongside rivalries at the Bon Marché. Bradshaw, his sleuthing partner Henry Pratt, and the Seattle PD’s Detective O’Brien pursue leads, but none spark Bradshaw’s intuition. His heart is not in the investigation but in a courtship that will force him to defy his Catholic faith or lose his beloved, Missouri. Then a crossroads in the case forces him to face his personal fears and his first professional failure. Whatever the outcomes, his life is about to change…

Thomas Edison did not invent electricity. Shocked? Sorry, it is true. Edison did invent the way to get the electricity into our homes for all our electric usages. According to his bio the Spencer Tracy movie version of him is not quite true. Whatever the case adding him into the mix for this murder mystery is quite a feat. Imagine you go out for a brisk walk, it is invigorating and the world goes by quickly. That is exactly how Ms. Pajer paced this book. It is invigorating and the action keeps coming at you at a brisk clip. Professor Bradshaw has his hands full as he helps the police try to solve the murder of a window dresser in a department store window.  This is quite a complex plot and I have news for you only Professor Bradshaw is going to be able to figure this one out. Danger, Mayhem, Thrills and murder all figure into this highly complicated plot. There are fascinating characters that seem very real and a killer that seems impossible to discover.  “The Edison Effect” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Ms. Pajer has provided us with a fairly exciting book.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this series mystery with us. I’ve read a couple of the earlier ones and enjoyed them, but this sounds like it might be the best to date!

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