Murder in the Lightning Room by A.D. Brazeau – Review by Maryn Belling
Welcome to Colorado Springs. Home to sparkling landscapes and barely a generation of history. Our completely relatable Miss Cora Croft – academic hopeful and hopelessly short of her mother’s example of corseted grace – would rather walk in the snow than be beholden. Amid the usual challenges for a lady of her age, social status, and upbringing, Cora tussles with calculus, physics, and gender roles.
Set 40 years after the gold-rush, the attraction of new residents to Colorado Springs is for medical reasons (consumption & tuberculosis). The railroad’s depot (Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe) constructed in Colorado Springs in 1917 is alluded to through character presence, but the town is still foot-traffic, horse, and buggy propelled.
With Pike’s Peak watching over the town and its inhabitants, Nikola Tesla watches over his experiments with physics. Despite the integral presence of physics and calculus in the workings of Tesla’s lab, readers needn’t possess specific knowledge of either topic.
The greater mysteries for Colorado Springs’ inhabitants are untimely deaths. Miss Cora’s scientific mind works through the myriad pieces to reveal the truth.
Murder in the Lightning Room, A Historical Mystery, A.D. Brazeau, Review, Itsy Bitsy Book Bits, YA, Historical, Mystery, Maryn Belling, July 2022