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The Edison Effect: A Professor Bradshaw Mystery    by Bernadette Pajer order for
Edison Effect
by Bernadette Pajer
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Poisoned Pen, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Thomas Alva Edison was not only an inventor but a ruthless businessman. When another inventor revealed a new electrical appliance or gadget, he would sue for patent infringement. He had signed on with General Electric and protected their name and his at every turn, no matter what nefarious methods were needed.

But now there is a new invention that Edison wants to get his hands on. The inventor, knowing Edison is determined to learn its secrets, takes a ride on a ferry in Seattle and throws his prototype overboard. Since the inventor is an angry man, an antichrist, he built his new invention to be used to murder.

University of Washington Professor Benjamin Bradshaw also works as an investigator where electricity is concerned. He, as well as Edison, is in pursuit of this mysterious invention. Bradshaw hopes to find it in the depths of the bay before Edison gets anywhere near it.

Seemingly unconnected, one December morning in 1903, a window dresser in the department store Bon Marche is found dead in the window clutching a string of Edison's new holiday lights. Are the lights responsible? To add to Bradshaw's worries, the love of his life, Missouri, has departed Seattle without him telling her whether he would marry outside his Catholic faith. Bradshaw and his young son are both desperately in love with this vivacious woman.

The Edison Effect by Bernadette Pajer is the fourth in this intriguing series that brings famous names from the past back to us.

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