Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Genre / Form : Detective and mystery stories . Historical fiction . LC Classification : PS3558.A3739 M77 1992 Dewey Class No .: 813 / .54 20 Hall , Robert Lee . Benjamin Franklin takes the case : the American agent investigates murder ...

Author: Christopher J. Murrey

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 1590333845

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Benjamin Franklin is generally considered one of America's most versatile and talented statesmen, scientists, and philosophers. His achievements include publisher of Poor Richard's Almanac and many articles on political, economic, religious, philosophical and scientific subjects. He was the inventor of bifocals, the Franklin stove, lightening rod, he was one of the signers of the 'Declaration of Independence', and the founder of, what is now the University of Pennsylvania. This book presents a detailed and riveting review of Franklin's life based on excerpts from the renowned 1899 book on Franklin by Sydney George Fisher. This overview is augmented by a substantial selective bibliography, which features access through title, subject and author indexes.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits Volume 3

The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits Volume 3

It comes from his first book, The Franklin Mysteries (1994) in which Benjamin Franklin provides a ready hand and ... him as the detective starting with Benjamin Franklin Takes the Case (1988), though he chose Franklin's years in London.

Author: Mike Ashley

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472114815

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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The third new collection of historical murder and mystery stories A brilliant new collection of thirty stories of mystery and intrigue spread over three thousand years, from Ancient Egypt to spies on the Titanic. Selected by bestselling editor Mike Ashley, the stories include brand new contributions as well as rare reprints, from writers such as Ian Rankin, Lynda Robinson, Sharan Newman, Gail Frazer, Gillian Linscott and Peter Tremayne. Among the characters featured are the Queen of Sheba, Attila the Hun, Hildegarde of Bingen, Geoffrey Chaucer, Henry the Navigator and Benjamin Franklin. And with settings as far-ranging as Botany Bay and ancient Pisa, New Amsterdam and old Edinburgh, ancient Greece and the court of Kublai Khan.
Categories: Fiction

The Franklin Affair

The Franklin Affair

Ben often took his strange air baths , as well as entertaining , reading , and observing the passing people ... Franklin mystery novels written in the last few years by Robert Lee Hall , Benjamin Franklin Takes the Case being the first ...

Author: Jim Lehrer

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588364720

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jim Lehrer's Tension City. “Three may keep a secret if two of ’em are dead.” –Poor Richard’s Almanack[pg. 27 of mss] R Taylor arrives in Philadelphia for the funeral of his longtime friend Dr. Wally Rush with a heavy heart. Not only has the world lost one of its preeminent, Pulitzer Prize—winning American Revolution historians, but R has lost his mentor, the man who led him to devote his life’s work to the study of “The First American,” Benjamin Franklin. The bond between them was sealed when R did Wally a favor that could never be revealed. But Wally saved one final secret for R, disclosed in a letter conveyed by the will’s executor. Written in the slow, painful script of the professor’s last days, the note delivers an incredible bombshell. Wally, it seems, had stumbled upon twelve handwritten pages in a code commonly used by spies during the revolutionary war. The pages refer to George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison, and level a shocking charge–that Benjamin Franklin committed a heinous crime. Wally, not wanting to foul the image of his lifelong hero, had kept this monumental secret until his death. But as R races to unravel the mystery, he faces an onslaught of obstacles. Vicious blackmail, a threat of sabotage against his own career, and grave personal doubts threaten to overtake R as he struggles with a discovery that has the potential to completely alter the fabric of American history. Rich with revelations, rife with the darkest depths of deceit and mystery, and enlightened by the unparalleled insights of America’s first patriots, The Franklin Affair is a tense, constantly surprising novel about the ultimate quest for truth and justice.
Categories: Fiction

World Historical Fiction

World Historical Fiction

In mid - 18th century London , Benjamin Franklin and his natural son Nicolas Handy look for a missing gem , but murder complicates their investigation . Genre ( s ) : Mystery . 2869. ... Benjamin Franklin Takes the Case .

Author: Lynda G. Adamson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 1573560669

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 719

View: 420

An annotated bibliography covering the best in historical fiction set all around the world
Categories: Literary Criticism

Read On Crime Fiction

Read On   Crime Fiction

Hall , Robert Lee Benjamin Franklin Takes the Case . Benjamin Franklin mysteries . 2001. Pine Street Books , ISBN 0812217896 , 227p . Prior to the American Revolution , Benjamin Franklin spent much time in London as the agent of the ...

Author: Barry Trott

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN: UCSC:32106019012498

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 146

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Presents a guide to detective and mystery fiction arranged by such characteristics as mood, character, setting, and language.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Dictionary of American Young Adult Fiction 1997 2001

Dictionary of American Young Adult Fiction  1997 2001

HALL, ROBERT LEE (1941- ) Born in San Francisco, California; artist, author of mysteries with historical settings. ... Among the others are Benjamin Franklin and the Case of Artful Murder (St. Martin's, 1994), Benjamin Franklin and the ...

Author: Alethea Helbig

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313324307

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 558

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Looks at 290 award-winning books for young adults, using 750 alphabetical entries on individual works, authors, characters, and settings to provide plot summaries, critical assessments, and biographical information.
Categories: Literary Criticism



Benjamin Franklin Takes the Case (St. martin's, 1985) Ben's old printer friend, Eben inch, is found dead and ... tender private eyes in this series of well-plotted, well-characterized mysteries with a good Southern California ambience.

Author: Janet Husband

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 9780838909676

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 782

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A guide to series fiction lists popular series, identifies novels by character, and offers guidance on the order in which to read unnumbered series.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Benjamin Franklin and Women

Benjamin Franklin and Women

See also Hall's earlier Benjamin Franklin Takes the Case ( New York : St. Martin's Press , 1988 ) . I first learned of these titles ... I would like to thank Virginia Ward for bringing this lively little mystery to my attention . 72.

Author: Larry E. Tise

Publisher: Penn State University Press

ISBN: UCBK:C068414121

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 184

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Benjamin Franklin was undoubtedly one of the most important arbiters of American culture and society at the time of the Revolution, when the young nation was establishing its constitutions, laws, and civil institutions. Franklin also played a major role in defining a new and important role for women in this society. This volume brings together a distinguished group of scholars who are either authorities on Franklin or on the role of women in the eighteenth century to adjudge the record and intentions of Franklin in this most vulnerable facet of his character, life, and place in history. The essays in this volume grew out of a symposium organized by Tise at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. They fall into two groups, those that examine Benjamin Franklin's relationship with women (sisters, relatives, love interests, and friends) and those that explore more generally the role of women in Franklin's era. Topics addressed include Franklin's theories on relations between men and women, the nature of marriage, the dangers as well as the delights of sex, and the importance of education for men and women.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Benjamin Franklin and a Case of Christmas Murder The Benjamin Franklin Mysteries

Benjamin Franklin and a Case of Christmas Murder  The Benjamin Franklin Mysteries

In the second case recorded by Benjamin Franklin's young charge and assistant Nick Handy, the great Doctor Franklin is confronted with a shocking event.

Author: Robert Lee Hall

Publisher: Pine Street Books

ISBN: 081221790X

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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In the second case recorded by Benjamin Franklin's young charge and assistant Nick Handy, the great Doctor Franklin is confronted with a shocking event. While attending a mummers' play at the home of a popular merchant Roddy Fairbrass on Christmas Eve 1757, their host suddenly collapses and dies. Although the bereaved family denies it, Franklin is convinced that he has witnessed a murder. Franklin had been to the Fairbrass home one time before to investigate the report of a ghost and now believes that there must be some sinister connection between the two events. Determined to uncover the truth, the intrepid inventor and statesman, accompanied by Nick, unravels a tangled plot of intrigue and scandal while matching wits with some of London's most notorious criminal minds.
Categories: Fiction

Benjamin Franklin s Humor

Benjamin Franklin s Humor

Except for reemphasizing Americans' presumption of a natural right to their own production, Franklin takes the premises of regulating the hat industry to their absurd conclusion. “And whereas the Art and Mystery of making Hats hath ...

Author: Paul Zall

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813171869

Category: History

Page: 200

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Although he called himself merely a “printer” in his will, Benjamin Franklin could have also called himself a diplomat, a doctor, an electrician, a frontier general, an inventor, a journalist, a legislator, a librarian, a magistrate, a postmaster, a promoter, a publisher—and a humorist. John Adams wrote of Franklin, “He had wit at will. He had humor that when he pleased was pleasant and delightful . . . [and] talents for irony, allegory, and fable, that he could adapt with great skill, to the promotion of moral and political truth.” In Benjamin Franklin’s Humor, author Paul M. Zall shows how one of America’s founding fathers used humor to further both personal and national interests. Early in his career, Franklin impersonated the feisty widow Silence Dogood in a series of comically moralistic essays that helped his brother James outpace competitors in Boston’s incipient newspaper market. In the mid-eighteenth century, he displayed his talent for comic impersonation in numerous editions of Poor Richard’s Almanac, a series of pocket-sized tomes filled with proverbs and witticisms that were later compiled in Franklin’s The Way to Wealth (1758), one of America’s all-time bestselling books. Benjamin Franklin was sure to be remembered for his early work as an author, printer, and inventor, but his accomplishments as a statesman later in life firmly secured his lofty stature in American history. Zall shows how Franklin employed humor to achieve desired ends during even the most difficult diplomatic situations: while helping draft the Declaration of Independence, while securing France’s support for the American Revolution, while brokering the treaty with England to end the War for Independence, and while mediating disputes at the Constitutional Convention. He supervised and facilitated the birth of a nation with customary wit and aplomb. Zall traces the development of an acute sense of humor throughout the life of a great American. Franklin valued humor not as an end in itself but as a means to gain a competitive edge, disseminate information, or promote a program. Early in life, he wrote about timely topics in an effort to reach a mass reading class, leaving an amusing record of early American culture. Later, Franklin directed his talents toward serving his country. Regardless of its origin, the best of Benjamin Franklin’s humor transcends its initial purpose and continues to evoke undying laughter at shared human experiences.
Categories: History