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Tim's Excessive Good Fortune: A Murder Mystery set in the American Revolution (Tim Euston, #3)

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Tim Euston is chosen as ensign in a newly-forming regiment, but his remarkable good fortune is called excessive good fortune when those who envy him try to get him wrongfully convicted of murder. It was June 1777, the beginning of the third year of the American War for Independence, in Morristown, New Jersey. Lieutenant Hugh Hampton met the lovely wife of a local merchant ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Kevin Harper
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am now a confirmed fan of the works of Roddy Thorleifson. Tim’s Excessive Good Fortune is the third about Tim Euston and his sister Sadie, and I certainly am glad it’s not just a trilogy. We are shown how clever they are, and now we see he has the makings of a really good soldier. A teenager can’t be more loyal to his cause, and more determined to serve, but he has the best luck and the worst luck you could imagine. When you’re not laughing at him you’re groaning with him. I thoroughly enjoyed ...more
Heather Fast
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read the first three in the series and they get better with each one. Tim and his sister Sadie are in trouble again, this time in revolutionary territory in New Jersey. This is more of a traditional whodunit mystery with the murder on page two, the solution in the last chapter, and hints all the way through. I was fascinated to learn of the politics involved in the establishing of new regiments and the promotion of officers. Hooray for Roddy Thorleifson.
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
In book 3 of the Tim Euston series, the author gives us a birds eye view of the life of a soldier and of Tim’s dream of rising through the ranks while he attempts to salvage his reputation by solving a murder case. Once again we get a clear depiction of the dangers of war and life in these perilous times. A must read for young history and military fans alike.
Al Thorleifson
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The same great characters as in the first two books. Tim grows as a real character in this novel.

This is a detective story, so the plot is driven by the search for the killer. The result is that the description of colonial life which is one of the major strengths of the first two novels takes second place here.

Still a good read, though!
Robert Butler
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best Tim Euston novel. A real whodunit. More violence, more suspense, and still plenty of history. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent way to learn the social history of the revolutionary era. Thorleifson’s facts seem accurate, his language is fluent, his characters are believable, and I overall get the sense that he knows his stuff. Tim Euston wants a career in an army that’s still in it’s young and awkward phase. He shows enough promise to be selected over older and more experienced men as an ensign in a newly forming regiment, but then finds himself in hot water through no fault of his own, when he’s found at th ...more
Elizabeth Goossen
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The battles of Trenton and Princeton, and the campaign to drive the British out of New Jersey, have revived hope in the drive for independence. Young men throughout the land are eager to fight for freedom. Some so eager that they worry about which regiment they should choose, or whether they should go to sea, for fear they might miss out in the action. This odd little predicament faces the intrepid due, Tim Euston and Dan Eliot, and that is the primary plot in Tim’s Excessive Good Fortune. It’s ...more
Carol De
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tim’s Excessive Good Fortune details how our hero, Tim Euston, along with Dan Eliot and Tim’s sister Sadie land in a hornet’s nest of suspicion, treason, envy and enemy snipers. Tim shows his talents and bravery and for his thanks he’s suspected of crimes that could cost him his life. A must read for any Revolutionary War buffs. Probably one of the best three in the Tim Euston series. Lots of suspense and intrigue, and lots of good history. Keep at it Roddy Thorleifson!
Andrew Fallak
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For every boy that dies in battle there’s a girl who will never have a husband. Once somebody points that out to you can never think of war the same way. The same goes for Thorleifson’s novels, and especially this one. Tim’s Excessive Good Fortune is a murder mystery with a few extras. I knew about the fear, but I hadn’t given much thought to the envy and jealousy that it stirs up. He truly illuminates history. It’s war from another viewpoint. Tim and his teenage friends do not so much come of a ...more
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Susan Stanton
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As with Thorleifson’s other two novels, you learn a lot of history--especially from the perspective of a "common" man and woman. But it’s sneaked in here and there so you’re never bored by it. You get the impression that he knows a lot about military history but he doesn’t have any confusing battle descriptions or long winded listings of weaponry. It’s all about the feelings of the lead characters. They’re murder mysteries, but they’re also psychological thrillers. And it’s the emotions of norma ...more
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