This second installment in the Fremont Jones mystery continues the events of Fremont Jones' life shortly after the first book ended. Fremont is an independent-minded woman, in many ways ahead of her time, who has moved from the security of her father's home in Boston and is living on her own in San Francisco in the early 1900s. She has set herself up in her own business, having attended a woman's college, and is working as a typist.
When the big earthquake hits, followed by a
devastating fire, Fremont must leave her cozy apartment. Her mysterious
and attractive neighbor, Michael Archer, teaches Fremont to drive, and
she ends up working as an ambulance driver, helping out with the many
injured people who are now homeless in the wake of the disaster. But
she is also caught up in a series of strange events - dead animals are
left at her doorstep of her temporary home, and murders follow. Once
again Fremont is caught up in the tangled web of a complex case, and
when Michael disappears, Fremont is left on her own, determined to solve
I enjoyed this one, perhaps even more than the
first. The setting, with its many sensory details of the quake and the
ensuing fire, really brought this story to life, and the mystery itself
was deliciously complicated, with many strands and connections that were
fun to try to unravel. Fremont is gaining confidence as a woman trying
to make her way on her own, and she learns some important things in
this book. I look forward to seeing how she fares in the next
installment of this entertaining historical mystery series.
Books in the Fremont Jones series:
1. The Strange Files of Fremont Jones
2. Fire and Fog
3. The Bohemian Murders
4. Emperor Norton's Ghost
5. Death Train to Boston
6. Beacon Street Morning
Fire and Fog (#2 in the Fremont Jones mystery series) by Dianne Day (Doubleday, 1996)
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A Few More Pages: "Sometimes her independent nature makes her a bit too stubborn, and keeps
her from seeing the big picture (this sometimes frustrates me about
this character). But other than that, I truly enjoyed the book."
The Literate Kitten: "I'm not a genre reader, but this one gives a good feel for what it must
have been like to have experienced the quake and fire. And a pretty
decent story, decently written."