Tim Curious; A Murder Mystery of the American Revolution

Tim Curious; A Murder Mystery of the American Revolution Tim Euston Was Willing To Risk His Life For His Nation S Independence And His Opportunity Came When A Murder Led Him Into A Dangerous Involvement With Smugglers And Spies It Was , The End Of The Second Year Of The American Revolution, And The Town Of Yonkers Was On The Neutral Ground The No Man S Land That Separated The British On Manhattan Island From The Americans To The North On A Cold January Night, Tim Euston Was Thrown In Jail Accused Of Robbery By The Man Who Had His Hands On Tim S Fourteen Year Old Sister, Sadie Two Days Later The Only Adult Who Could Testify To Tim S Innocence Was Found Dead Testimonies Of Friends Were Enough To Get Tim Out Of Jail But The Father Of One Of These Boys Was Wrongfully Convicted Who Was The Real Killer Those With Motives Had Alibis, And Many Just Did Not Care Both The Man Killed And The Man Punished Were Poor And Powerless But Tim Euston Cared They Were His Friends Tim Wanted Justice And He Would Keep Looking Until The Real Killer Was Identified

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  • Paperback
  • 306 pages
  • Tim Curious; A Murder Mystery of the American Revolution
  • Roddy Thorleifson
  • English
  • 06 August 2018
  • 9781492714927

10 thoughts on “Tim Curious; A Murder Mystery of the American Revolution

  1. says:

    As a reader I enjoy historical novels where I can get a sense of the perspective of the history of the time, of how they lived their day to day lives, and the issues they faced in order to keep living I enjoyed learning about New York during the revolution For example, I hadn t thought of a no man s land where people were searched before entering the city I was surprised to learn that people could still pass back and forth with relative ease Another revelation was the risk of a smuggler or someone convicted of a civil crime being jailed or forced to serve in the British Navy The teasing of Tim showed that life for a teenager was similar to today with potentially merciless teasing of another person s flaws It showed teenagers as they truly have been throughout the years It also showed that Tim was facing many issues and problems including working to just survive I didn t think much of the carpenter forcing Tim to do dangerous work, in place of himself and his son, without telling Tim of the risk It did, however, add realism to the novel It helped show how a revolution was no simple affair, with the revolutionaries possibly acting for their own profit, and not altruistically I liked the way neither side was portrayed as too positive or too negative War was not idealized The occupying British and the freedom fighting Americans included people who acted in their personal interest As well the challenges people having to live through during a difficult time were brought into focus The end left me assuming there would be a sequel The writing style was different from what I have recently read, but I enjoyed this novel, and wondered hoped there would be a sequel In conclusion, if you like historical novels, this is worth the read.

  2. says:

    When reading a historical novel about characters that are common people, rather than famous or upper class it makes a better read It is accessible to everyone and interesting because you don t always see historical events from that point of view For me Tim s complaints about his bad luck were a bit of a character flaw, because a hero would rise above that sort of thing I would give him a little self and esteem, have him trust in himself a bit .I appreciated that this book that didn t push a particular political ideology or philosophy That kind of writing can prevent some of the reader s ability to identify with the main characters.I found Tim s desire to participate in a battle made him endearing as a young, passionate boy who wanted to make the world a better place I was a bit annoyed by Sadie being under a constant threat by Thomas Pellis I would have liked her to have had control over her own situation but perhaps that wouldn t have been historically accurate Women had very little power in those times.All in all, I liked learning about the history of the time through the story augmented by the author s comments and explanations about life during that period.

  3. says:

    In 1777 British forces had captured Manhattan Island but the Americans had recaptured most of New Jersey Yonkers, New York, lay in a Neutral Ground where apprentice Tim Euston,16, and his younger sister Sadie,14, work for their room and board and a floor to sleep on Through a series of mishaps they find themselves involved with smugglers and spies Their employers are Tory and despise seditious materials The teens are Patriot and secretly read and memorize seditious materials, especially Tomas Paine s Common Sense Tim is eager to serve the Cause of Liberty but is too young for the military but his clumsy attempts at solving a murder lead him to success, though hardly due to his powers of perception Bald luck can triumph where logical analysis fails An excellent glimpse into the lives of ordinary working people in the eighteenth century, and into the primitive methods of spies.

  4. says:

    The subject matter has been well researched, and Roddy Thorleifson s characters are both interesting and credible Occasionally, the heavy reliance on dialogue to relate the story, made for a slow read With regard to the explanetory notes, which occur from time to time, to inform the reader of the reasons for, or history behind an aspect of the story, while certainly interesting and relevent, they felt, to this reader, as if they were an afterthought Roddy Thorleifson is than up to the task of incorporating the information into his text, which could only enhance one s reading experience The delightful illustrations are simple and aptly descriptive All in all, a good read and a book I do not hesitate to recommend.

  5. says:

    In Tim Curious we see sixteen year old Tim Euston and his fourteen year old sister Sadie Both are indentured servants Tim cuts and delivers firewood and Sadie is a kitchen maid Both are dreamy and mistake prone and are cruelly teased for their shortcomings In Loyalist New York they secretly delight in seditious pamphlets, reading and memorizing the words of rebels against the king The book is acceptable for young readers, and has plenty of historical accuracy A subtle introduction to the effects of political upheaval makes it equally good for adults.

  6. says:

    I read the draft of this book and enjoyed the vivid descriptions The illustrations reflect the same vivid scenes The characters are easy to get to know their conversations are precise, down to earth It is easy to get a sense of the lives of ordinary people in that revolutionary time.

  7. says:

    A great book for teens or adults learning about American history This book is well researched and contains both accurate details and clear illustrations I enjoyed reading about Tim s adventures in New York during the War of Independence A fun way to bring history to life

  8. says:

    This book presents an excellent story It is thoroughly researched and strongly and clearly written It has a strong plot and is very well nuanced The chapters flow and transition nicely, keeping readers focused This book, set in the US Revolutionary War, captures attention while teaching people much about the time period I learned a lot from this book Highly recommended.

  9. says:

    TIM CURIOUSRoddy ThorleifsonCreateSpace 2015 ISBN 9781492714927Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views 11 15 Article first published as Book Review Tim Curious A Murder Mystery of the American Revolution by Roddy Thorleifson on Blogcritics Tim Curious by Roddy Thorleifson takes place in New York State during the second year of the American Revolution Tim Euston, dubbed Tim Useless and later Tim Curious, is willing to risk his life for the independence of his nation, but is turned away from the military for being too short Tim s opportunity to defend his nation does eventually come, in a manner much different than he ever imagined.One night in January 1777, Tim ends up in jail on trumped up charges of robbery by the local mercantile owner Nat Pellis, and his uncle Thomas Pellis Tim was actually defending his sister, Sadie, from the unwelcome hands of Thomas Pellis A few days later the only man who could testify on Tim s behalf was found dead When the father of one of Tim s friends was wrongly accused and convicted of that death, Tim knew he would not stop looking until he found the real killer Tim Curious is a delightful mix of mystery and intrigue, sprinkled with healthy doses of history, drama, and humor Roddy Thorleifson does an excellent job weaving relevant historical facts into his story, educating and entertaining his readers simultaneously I thought I knew my American history, but was pleased to find that I learned several interesting facts on my journey through the story, and I must admit there were several instances I found myself feeling thankful that I was born a couple of hundred years later.I loved the characters of Tim and Sadie, brother and sister very much alike in their thinking and mannerisms The siblings forthrightness with each other is engaging and draws a certain loyalty to them, and their efforts to solve the mystery The book is very nicely illustrated by the author as well His black and white sketches add an authentic feel to the story and help create a deeper connection to the setting and the characters.I enjoyed Tim Curious by Roddy Thorleifson and recommend it to American history buffs and fans of entertaining light mystery I think the young adult crowd is perfectly suited for this story with the educational elements and the experiences of a young boy coming of age in the 1700s.

  10. says:

    Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views 11 15 Article first published as Book Review Tim Curious A Murder Mystery of the American Revolution by Roddy Thorleifson on Blogcritics Tim Curious by Roddy Thorleifson takes place in New York State during the second year of the American Revolution Tim Euston, dubbed Tim Useless and later Tim Curious, is willing to risk his life for the independence of his nation, but is turned away from the military for being too short Tim s opportunity to defend his nation does eventually come, in a manner much different than he ever imagined.One night in January 1777, Tim ends up in jail on trumped up charges of robbery by the local mercantile owner Nat Pellis, and his uncle Thomas Pellis Tim was actually defending his sister, Sadie, from the unwelcome hands of Thomas Pellis A few days later the only man who could testify on Tim s behalf was found dead When the father of one of Tim s friends was wrongly accused and convicted of that death, Tim knew he would not stop looking until he found the real killer Tim Curious is a delightful mix of mystery and intrigue, sprinkled with healthy doses of history, drama, and humor Roddy Thorleifson does an excellent job weaving relevant historical facts into his story, educating and entertaining his readers simultaneously I thought I knew my American history, but was pleased to find that I learned several interesting facts on my journey through the story, and I must admit there were several instances I found myself feeling thankful that I was born a couple of hundred years later.I loved the characters of Tim and Sadie, brother and sister very much alike in their thinking and mannerisms The siblings forthrightness with each other is engaging and draws a certain loyalty to them, and their efforts to solve the mystery The book is very nicely illustrated by the author as well His black and white sketches add an authentic feel to the story and help create a deeper connection to the setting and the characters.I enjoyed Tim Curious by Roddy Thorleifson and recommend it to American history buffs and fans of entertaining light mystery I think the young adult crowd is perfectly suited for this story with the educational elements and the experiences of a young boy coming of age in the 1700s.

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