Poisoned Pen Press, 2012, 432 Pages
Mystery, science, gypsies, and the assassination of President McKinley all play major roles in this novel. Benjamin Bradshaw is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and is currently involved in an electrical competition. The contest winner’s telephonic system will deliver music from the Seattle Grand theatre to homes throughout the city. The reader can only imagine what this would mean to people sitting at home and able to hear music from the theater.
Bradshaw is sidetracked a bit when he finds a gypsy peddler cart abandoned behind his home. The cart advertises “Ralph’s Redeeming Restorative, the Romany Remedy that Really Works”. The inside of the cart revealed a little girl’s doll. Bradshaw brings the doll in the house where he lives with his housekeeper, Mrs. Prouty, and his son Jason who is in the third grade. Mrs. Prouty is indignant because the horse attached to the wagon has been busy in her garden. Bradshaw is upset because he feels that the missing little girl may have witnessed a murder.
The city is in shock over the death of President McKinley. The police department, many of whom are corrupt, could care less about a missing gypsy and the little girl who owns the doll. Bradshaw decides that he is going to locate the child and goes to great lengths to search for her putting himself in danger. At last he devises a scheme that will set a trap that he hopes will catch the killer.
This is the second book in the Professor Bradshaw series. It is not necessaray to read A Spark of Death, the first book in order to enjoy Fatal Induction.