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Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Audio and Video
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About 50 people came to hear my lecture "Benjamin Franklin: Creating History." I enjoyed giving the talk and chatting with audience members and signing their books afterwards. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Events & Fans
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This book was truly a "can't stop reading it" tale.... mixed in with just the right amount of history. I'm looking forward to the next two tales. [...] As a "kinda good reader"and a gung-ho, red-white-blue blooded American I really enjoyed reading it. — Jake, West Richland, WA Continue reading
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It was a great pleasure writing Benjamin Franklin and the Quaker Murders, and it's so much fun seeing the novel through my readers' eyes. I've been getting lots of comments from readers telling me they couldn’t put it down, things like: “It’s a riveting mystery that’s impossible to put down... Continue reading
One of the reviewers wrote in her review "I'll be curious to read what other reviewers make of Dr. Franklin's 'justice.'" So, what do you make of Dr. Franklin's justice? Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Spoiler's Tavern
Benjamin Franklin and the Quaker Murders Multi-faceted, intriguing... You've already read the novel. Parts of it still resurface in your mind... as you're washing dishes... doing your morning workout ... driving home from work... It triggers thoughts, questions, certainties, doubts, pronouncements... Spoiler's Tavern is a place for you. A place... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Spoiler's Tavern
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John Harmon McElroy Interviewed by Bill Buckmaster short version of 7/12/17 below, only McElroy Excerpts (6:33 minutes) John Harmon McElroy - Benjamin Franklin & the Quaker Murders - Interview excerpts John Harmon McElroy & Michael James, Publisher, Penmore Press Interviewed by Bill Buckmaster 7/12/17 - Excerpts (15:28 Minutes) McElroy &... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Audio and Video
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Audio and Video
I rarely select historical fiction or mysteries for my own reading, but I’m glad circumstances put me together with this book. It was such a pleasure to read this fictional account of Ben Franklin as the behind-the-scenes orchestrator of a murder investigation. Perhaps I was especially drawn to the book... Continue reading
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In Benjamin Franklin and the Quaker Murders Captain James Jamison sometimes talks or thinks about the action he saw when he served under General George Washington in the Continental Army. One battle he recalls is the Battle of Princeton, January 3rd, 1777. Here we see a portion of a painting... Continue reading
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On the Fourth of July I held a book signing of my just-released novel Benjamin Franklin and the Quaker Murders, assisted by my wonderful wife, author Onyria Herrera McElroy. This was part of the annual Fourth of July patriotic film fundraiser for the Tucson Pops. The document seen in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Events & Fans
Generally speaking, my genre of choice is historical fiction, but there have been a few historical mystery writers, who have captured my attention, and John Harmon McElroy is one of them. He has created a delightful detective in Benjamin Franklin and has delivered it in a believable method by partnering... Continue reading
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Mystery writer Karen Dahood has just published her review of Benjamin Franklin and the Quaker Murders on bookpleasures.com ! [Excerpt:] After a distinguished career writing academic tomes, the Professor Emeritus of American Literature at The University of Arizona has turned out his riveting and instructive first novel in the Benjamin... Continue reading
I read Benjamin Franklin and the Quaker Murders in two sittings. It is a deliciously lively romp through the Philadelphia of Benjamin Franklin's later years, where he and Captain James Jamison investigate two mysterious deaths in the home of Jacob Maul, a devout Quaker whose life is demolished through a... Continue reading
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I just got my first international review of Benjamin Franklin and the Quaker Murders, and it's a 5-star review! An Amazon.com customer in Brazil says he couldn't put the book down and appreciates having a window into this exciting time in US history. Here's his review: I loved Professor McElroy’s... Continue reading
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German Town is an important location in Benjamin Franklin and the Quaker Murders. You could almost say that the town itself is a "character" in the novel. One of my fans, David Updegraff, reached out to me recently to tell the fascinating story of his ancestors' founding of German Town.... Continue reading
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An important location in Benjamin Franklin and the Quaker Murders is the settlement of German Town, which was founded 102 years before the action in the novel. The story of the founding of this town became very real to me when one of my fans, David Updegraff, told me the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at People & Places from the novel
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In Benjamin Franklin and the Quaker Murders, Captain James Jamison hunts for the clues Franklin needs to save Quaker stonecutter Jacob Maul from hanging. One of the places Jamison travels to on horseback is German Town, in an area where almost no one speaks English. One of my local fans,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Events & Fans