Saturday, July 02, 2011

What is Bernadette Pajer reading?

This weekend's featured contributor at Writers Read: Bernadette Pajer, author of A Spark of Death.

Her entry begins:
Currently, two books are on my nightstand. The first, Dorothy L. Sayers' Whose Body? I'm rereading because, well, it's Sayers! When I'm deep into my own writing, I find the only stories my crowded brain will let in are my old favorites. Lord Peter Wimsey never fails to entertain. The personalities jump off the page ; you can hear the characters clearly. And the plots are entertaining and clever and don't require a lot of thinking on my part. After a day of writing or editing, I usually have...[read on]
Among the early praise for A Spark of Death:
“Set in 1901 Seattle, Pajer’s deft, highly entertaining debut introduces calm, relentlessly logical Benjamin Bradshaw, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Washington.”
--Publishers Weekly

“With plenty of historical details and an eclectic cast of characters, plus a well-constructed plot and terrific pacing, this engaging first novel should be recommended to all fans of historical mysteries...”
--Jessica Moyer, Booklist

A Spark of Death crackles with mystery, romance, and expert, evocative explanation of electricity at the dawn of the 20th Century in vibrant frontier Seattle. Bernadette Pajer’s splendid debut promises dogged Professor Benjamin Bradshaw will be solving crimes in many books to come.”
--William Dietrich, New York Times bestselling author

“I made the mistake of starting to read this book very close to bedtime. I was quickly drawn into the story, and found myself staying up entirely too late. It was with great difficulty I reluctantly set the book down to sleep, only to take it up again as soon as I could the next day. And so I finished it in two sittings ... Be forewarned, it’s a very engaging read...”
--Laura “Tegan” Gjovaag, Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog
Learn more about the book and author at Bernadette Pajer's website.

The Page 69 Test: A Spark of Death.

Writers Read: Bernadette Pajer.

--Marshal Zeringue