The University of Washington is the setting for a murder at the beginning of the 20th century in A Spark of Death: a Professor Bradshaw Mystery. The recent discovery of electricity has some worried by this new fangled power source. Now it appears that electricity has contributed to the death of a pompous, much disliked teacher. Professor Oglethorpehas been found dead in a university research ‘Electric machine’ and his fellow engineering professor is under suspicion.
Professor Bradshaw is liked by his students and loved by his small son. The horrific death by suicide of his wife has left a permanent scar on this sensitive, likeableprofessor. Now he must figure out whomurdered Oglethorpe to clear his name. The history of Seattleis woven into this story with interesting tidbits about the fire of 1889 and aplanned trip by President McKinley to see the famous “Electric Machine’. Also,political anarchists are suspected of the murder and we learn of the dissidentsand their causes who were front page news a century ago. This is the first of a planned series with Fatal Induction to be released in May2012