Tim Curious: A Murder Mystery set in the American Revolution (Tim Euston, #1)

Roddy Thorleifson


Tim Curious: A Murder Mystery set in the American Revolution (Tim Euston, #1)

Tim Curious: A Murder Mystery set in the American Revolution (Tim Euston, #1)

  • Title: Tim Curious: A Murder Mystery set in the American Revolution (Tim Euston, #1)
  • Author: Roddy Thorleifson
  • ISBN: 9781492714927
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback



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 1777, 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 AmericansTim 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 1777, 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.


Recent Comments "Tim Curious: A Murder Mystery set in the American Revolution (Tim Euston, #1)"

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 smu [...]

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, especiall [...]

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 more than up to the ta [...]

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.

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!

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.

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 t [...]

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 opport [...]

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - it's a great mixture of characters, suspense and history. The historical facts were interesting, and improved the reading experience. I also enjoyed the illustrations, which helped to give life to the characters. The hero, Tim and his sister, Sadie are engaging characters, and it is difficult not to be caught up in their adventures.

This book is a genre that I don't usually read, but I was feeling like reading outside the box for a change, and gave it a go. I would call it a coming of age novel with a murder mystery thrown in. It is written in a very authentic style without being too difficult to understand. It takes a fairly neutral stance to the international politics of the time without leaning too far on either the British or American point of view. I quickly found myself identifying with Tim and caring what happened to [...]

In Tim Curious we meet 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 Yonkers, New York, they secretly delight in seditious pamphlets, reading and memorizing the words of rebels against the King. We meet them as Sadie is being attacked in the street by the drunken brother of her employer. With [...]

The illustrations were one of the really positive aspects of this book and I wish there had been more. Another plus were the non-fiction passages at the ends of chapters that explained historical background. The dialogue was not hard to understand but I wonder whether it was historically accurate. It often seemed unnecessary. The book has murder mystery on the cover, but the murder was not the main point of the novel. Tim was distracted by his sister’s safety, his dreams of being a soldier, hi [...]

I started reading Tim Curious thinking it would be just a story, but it was so much more. It’s so authentic and so historical. I might have enjoyed history in school if only I’d had books like this to read when I was younger. I grew fond of Tim because while I felt sorry for him I thought he was a great person and not recognized by others for all he was worth. I liked the way the villains were real people, and I was surprised to learn about the suspiciousness and distrust. Characters were tr [...]

A review of Tim Curious written by Roddy Thorleifson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Author ,Roddy Thorleifson, demonstrates his great story telling ability, as he takes the reader along on a journey of intrigue , set in the time of the American War of Independence. We are given a glimpse into the difficult and dangerous lives of the common people of that time as we follow Tim, his sister Sadie , friends and enemies as they try to survive and thrive. Historically accurate descriptive writing brings the [...]

This book is well-developed, fast-paced, interesting and set in the War of Independence. The main characters are a brother and sister who solve the mystery of a murder. In Tim Curious, Tim is a 16-year-old who has been caught up in the spirit of revolution. He was rejected by the army for not being sufficiently old or tall, but finds a chance to make a contribution. Exciting events allow him to prove he is ready to serve. You both empathize with his problems and cheer his accomplishments. It pro [...]

In Tim Curious, author Roddy Thorleifson blends great storytelling with good writing. The description of the region around colonial New York is wonderfully rendered. The chapter illustrations are beautiful. This story has a truly evil villain in the horrid Thomas Pellis (Tim and Sadie’s nemesis). He's at his best when he’s at his worst!I love the way Sadie bosses her big brother around, - and how he realizes she’s usually right!All in all, Tim Curious is a wonderful historically accurate n [...]

I have mixed feelings about this book. I'm not sure of the intended audience. I would think that it is aimed toward young adolescents, but I felt rather uncomfortable with it having a sexual predator as an underlying theme. Otherwise I did enjoy the educational and historical inserts of information. Although I didn't always find the two main characters credible, I did enjoy their adventures and did get carried along by the story . Robert Butler

A great book about life in the Revolution. I'm glad there was nothing creepier than the murder. I really liked Tim's sister Sadie. Every teenage boy needs a sister like her. I love the way Thorleifson's captured the atmosphere and the feeling of life for ordinary people in the 18th century. Too many historical novels are about the rich. Just because kids are poor doesn't mean they lives can't be interesting.

I really liked the historical detail, and you can tell he knows what he's talking about. I liked the way that Tim was always getting frustrated and confused. It really kept me on the hook. I read it in two days. My son read it too.

It was hard to put down - historical fact and fiction, well-written personal stories, looking forward to a followup.

A crackling adventure, sure to delight students of the Revolutionary War. On the dangerous Neutral Ground, in the not so sleepy village of Yonkers, New York, a plucky young Patriot is falsely accused and cruelly deceived, but manages to emerge the hero of a sting operation. Bone numbing winter weather, a trouble-maker friend, and a smart-Alec little sister almost crush his courage, but Tim presses on to a surprise ending. As good for middle school kids as it is for history buffs of any age.

What I liked most is the accuracy of the imagery. I could actually visualize what was happening, and the imagery evoked emotions of excitement and suspense. I was afraid of the potential harm for Tim and his sister. I could really feel the pain caused by the envy of Tim in the boy who wanted Tim’s job delivering goods to the city. I was fearful for Tim when he went to into the city with materials that he didn’t know about. Hidden materials that could cause his death. Being able to see images [...]


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