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Benjamin Franklin Takes the Case (Benjamin Franklin #1)

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
More than ten years ago, Robert Lee Hall made a startling discovery. Within a secret compartment of an old armoire once owned by his great aunt, he found a yellowing manuscript describing a series of mysterious criminal cases. What made these stories so unusual was that they were solved by the renowned scientist and statesman, Benjamin Franklin, while he was a resident of ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published August 6th 2001 by Pine Street Books (first published 1988)
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Bruce
May 19, 2009 Bruce rated it liked it
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Recommended to Bruce by: Steven Hager
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I really don't like a 5 star rating system because it makes a 3 star rating look like a bad rating and such is not the case with this book. I enjoyed it well enough. It's a fun read with a genuine sense of the way I think people must have talked back then. The number of revelations at the end is a bit overwhelming, almost to the point of over coincidence, but somehow still satisfying.

It seems to me that the characters could have been fleshed out a bit, and an 11 year old boy who was treated as
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Jack
Mar 07, 2012 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at the Library on Monday and finished today so I guess I liked it. This is the first in a series of books published 20 years ago. I recently ran across a title and was curious. I was thinking that the series was very similar to the Sir John Fielding Mysteries that I have been reading when who should appear on page 148 but Sir John Fielding. I believe there are four or five of these books. There are 11 of the Sir John books, the first being published in 1995 and I think they are ...more
Kathy Hale
Jun 30, 2014 Kathy Hale rated it it was ok
Shelves: oboc
This book was a good beach book that you didn't have to think too much about to get through. it is the first in a series that sets Ben Franklin up as a detective to solve a mystery while he is in London as an agent for Pennsylvania. It continues all the rumors of him as having bastard children all over the place while long suffering Deborah is waiting back home. There is some factual information that he was clerk to the General Assembly and that he was the agent for the colony for the Pennsylvan ...more
Susan
Apr 06, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atmospheric mystery with Benjamin Franklin using science as deduction skills to discover who the murderer is. This 18th century London is gritty and atmospheric and the perfect setting for many of the unsavory characters Ben and his assistant are introduced to.

The mystery was very good and had multiple elements to it. I guessed some of it, but the majority was a surprise to me.

Recommend this atmospheric, detailed story!
Jane
Mar 01, 2013 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myst
Not shallow at all. Good recapitulation of the political situation, the amount of crime in London, harshness of penalties, general difficulties of life at that income level, lack of policing. Plot believable.
Ed
Jul 02, 2008 Ed added it
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The concept is attractive. I looked forward to starting a series. This first book started out well enough, but I just gave up.
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