In Tim Curious, first in the series, 16-year-old Tim Euston was willing to risk his life for his nation’s independence, and his opportunity came when a murder brought him into a deadly involvement with smugglers and spies.
It was 1777, the end of the second year of the American Revolution. 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 boys were still enough to get Tim out of jail but the father of one 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.
In Tim and the Highway Robbery, second in the Tim Euston Series of murder mysteries set in the American Revolution, Tim finds a dead body, and while he and his friend Dan are suspecting each other of murder and treason, they stumble upon two renegade redcoats who draw them into a plot to “seize” highly valuable munitions off of a British Army base.
It was May of 1777, the beginning of the third year of the American War for Independence, on territory controlled by the British. In the back of a general store Tim had just found the body when the proprietor burst in, accusing him of murder. Tim got away, went to a judge, and claimed the dead man was a rebel spy. Tim said he got a good look at the murderer and that the victim’s last words were “Sam Baker,” the name of a notorious rebel spy. Tim got himself off the hook but he had just volunteered to assist the enemy, an odd position for a boy who was already spying for George Washington.
Tim and Dan had been about to cross over to New Jersey to join the Continental Army and make it into an elite unit before the war was over. But then Dan showed Tim a pair of pistols he had somehow acquired on the day of the murder. And why should Dan trust Tim, now that he has volunteered to serve a tory judge?
They were still wondering when they met up with the renegade redcoats.
In Tim's Excessive Good Fortune, third in the Tim Euston Series of murder mysteries set in the American Revolution,Tim is chosen as ensign in a new 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 the New Jersey town that housed George Washington’s headquarters, Tim Euston was in a barn with his violin, practicing a favorite of the base commander’s wife. A lieutenant who already hated Tim came in, looked around, and found the murdered corpse of a military hero. When the commander arrived, with a Captain Poole, they teased Tim, saying that he is the prime suspect. Only a few days before Tim had impressed Poole with his knowledge of military training, law and strategy. In a moment of drunken enthusiasm Poole had named Tim the new ensign to the company he commanded, bypassing older and better qualified local men. Many were surprised and angry to see such an honor go to a 17-year-old from faraway Boston. Some even suspected Tim to be both an assassin and an enemy spy. He had gone from the luckiest boy in town to the unluckiest. Tim will have to identify the murderer, or he may be exchanging his officer’s commission for a hangman’s noose.