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Benjamin Franklin Takes the Case: The American Agent Investigates Murder in the Dark Byways of London (Benjamin Franklin #1)

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  5 reviews
When a London printer is brutally murdered, Benjamin Franklin sets out to catch the killer, with the help of Nicholas, a ragged servant boy. Reprint. AB. PW.
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published June 1st 1988 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1988)
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Bruce
May 23, 2009 Bruce rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Bruce by: Steven Hager
Shelves: mystery
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
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
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
Jane
Mar 02, 2013 Jane rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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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