The Strange Files Of Fremont Jones (Fremont Jones, #1)
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The Strange Files Of Fremont Jones (Fremont Jones #1)

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Set in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, whose foggy, gaslit streets still echo with the sounds of horsedrawn carriages as well as the clang of cablecar bells, The Strange Files of Fremont Jones introduces a plucky, independent heroine who might well be the natural ancestor of those modern private eyes Kinsey Millhone and Kat Colorado. When proper Bostonian and Wellesley...more
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Published January 1st 1996 by Crimeline (first published April 1995)
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Miriam
The cover and references to Poe and Lovecraft led me to expect a supernatural element which is not, as it turns, present. The base plot is the story of a young, well-off Bostonian woman who moves to San Francisco seeking independence and opens a typing agency. Due to the backgrounds of clients who come randomly to her business she is presented with opportunities to involve herself is goings-on that don't concern her.

This is a first-person narration and how much you like it may depend in part on...more
Goose
The author bio of Dianne Day states "is the author of nine novels of romantic suspense..." and at times it shows. More than one scene contained the "purple prose & heaving bosoms" one might expect to find in a romance novel. There is plenty in this novel to still warrent a read, if you are a fan of historical mystery. There were interesting historical details throughout and some education on treatment of the Chinese people who were living in California at the beginning of the 1900s. This is...more
Sabrina Flynn
The Strange Files of Fremont Jones was an enjoyable, and sometimes hilarious read. A great mystery that didn't take itself too seriously, and honestly, I just can't resist a good story with a witty female protagonist and a tall distinguished older gentleman in it.
Lisa
So much fun, set at the perfect time and in one of my favorite places, San Fransisco. I love Fremont. What a woman!
Green Turquoise
Caroline Fremont Jones is an engaging character you can relate to and understand her motives well. She is making her way in the world against odds and convention. She uses both her brain and her heart, it's easy to feel respect her and root for her. I definitely want to read more about her.

The supporting characters are all well developed and you have a strong feeling they will show up throughout the series. There is a bit of romance along with the suspense. It's a fun read with a lot of researc...more
Sandi
First in a historical mystery series set in San Francisco during the early 1900's. I liked the main character, though I doubt if she was historically appropriate, but the various plot elements were just OK and there was a bit too much romance.
Lourdes Fernandez Venard
A strong series debut featuring Fremont Jones, a young, independent woman in 1905, who moves from Boston to San Francisco to avoid unwanted matchmaking. In San Francisco, she sets up her typing business, which immediately draws an eclectic clientale, among them the handsome lawyer Justin Cameron, a mysterious writer who calls himself Edgar Allan Partridge, and an important figure in Chinatown, Li Wong. But then Partridge never returns to pick up his strange manuscript and Li Wong is killed. Frem...more
Don Jacobson
This is the first in the series featuring the sleuth work of an early feminist, Fremont Jones. She is working independently, operating her typing business at the turn of the 19th century San Francisco. One of her clients is a reclusive writer who wants her to type his, allegedly true manuscript, written in the Edgar Allen Poe style. She must seek him out because he never returned for his typed copy. Another client, an elderly Chinese man, is murdered shortly after requiring Fremont's services. R...more
Sally906
The Strange Files of Fremont Jones is set in San Francisco in 1905. Caroline Fremont Jones is a thoroughly modern miss whose father has no real idea how to control her or make her confirm to society’s expectations of how women should act. She has now finished her college education and is at a bit of a loss on what to do next. Her father married a woman that Caroline dislikes and her new stepmother believes that marriage is all that a woman requires and has just the nephew in mind for Caroline. W...more
Ann
This, the first in the Fremont Jones series, is a historical mystery set in San Francisco previous to the great earthquake of 1906.

Fremont Jones is an independent young woman from Boston, who, in order to escape her intrefering step-mother, establlishes her own typing business in far-away San Francisco.

When handsome lawyer Justin Cameron hires her, he causes her pulse to quicken and her head to whirl, creating a confusing mix of emotions.

Eccentric writer Edgar Allen Partridge hires her to type a...more
Carissa
The first lesson any author should learn is what genre of book he/she is writing. Dianne Day didn't quiiiiite have that figured out. The Strange Files of Fremont Jones starts off as a coming-of-age story of a young woman in 1905 then morphs into a potential mystery before taking on supernatural elements of weird Poe-esque formatting until settling in for a single sex scene that could have come out of any trashy dime-store romance novel. Not cool and I'd like to hope, not her best effort!

Because...more
LJ
THE STRANGE FILES OF FREMONT JONES - Okay
Day, Dianne - 1st in series

Brave, resourceful, adventurous Fremont (nee Caroline) Jones is a woman ahead of her time. Hungry for independence, she's traded in her conventional life in Boston for a career as a "type-writer" in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. But Fremont soon discovers that her clients aren't always what they appear to be, and that in doing her job she's transcribing her way into a wealth of mystery—and mortal danger....

Dashing lawyer Ju...more
Minh
And strange they were indeed. Assuming from the title that the Fremont Jones series was a mystery series I plowed on to find an interesting independent woman of the early 1900's determined to make a living for herself and stumbling somewhat into various mysteries.

Leaving her family home in Boston, Fremont Jones (Formerly Caroline Jones) begins a typing service oh the west coast in San Francisco and almost immediately finds herself in too deep when presented with a manuscript from mysterious aut...more
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
Caroline Fremont Jones, aka Fremont Jones, is her own woman during the time women had only the rights bestowed her by her father or husband.

Fremont Jones leaves her father’s home with a college degree and a small amount of money left her by her mother in hand because she has a non-compatible relationship with her stepmother who disapproves of Fremont because she refuses to wear a corset and behave as women of the day are expected to behave.

Freemont moves to San Francisco and opens a letter typ...more
Rosario
I liked this book and think the series has potential (we'll see after the second one). The atmosphere is well built, the characters are fine and the tension between the two main characters (Michael and Fremont) builds up nicely and logically (some contemporary thrillers just throw the main characters in a sexual frenzy right after they've met which is ok but can also get boring or lame after a while or after reading some such books). Of course, you know how these two will end up, but still it is...more
Text Addict
Good historical setup, good characters, Fremont's lack of experience shows (she's 22 and sheltered, after all). I probably would've enjoyed it more if I hadn't been trying to figure out whether it was fantasy or not - I conclude that it probably isn't. Except maybe for the last line. Nonetheless, I will probably try to find the succeeding volumes at some point; good historical fiction is worth looking for!
Lara
I always say I love this series, but really it's only the second and third books in this series that I love, though the rest aren't bad. But I loaned this one to a friend once and she thought it was really terrible, so what do I know? Anyway, this one sets up the main characters and the setting, and it's a fairly enjoyable little historical fiction/mystery. It takes place in San Francisco in 1905, which I thought was really kind of interesting, and though sometimes the main character...let's say...more
Sandie
This was a second time read. I first read it many years ago and more recently my book group chose it. It is fun for people who like to read about San Francisco. Caroline Fremont Jones is a young woman living in Boston at the turn of the last century. When her widowed father decides to marry a woman she doesn't care for, she takes off for San Francisco and opens up a typewriting service. And drops her first name. Of course she doesn't just sit and type, along the way adventures come her way inclu...more
Donna
Fremont Jones is a young woman who was raised in a life of wealth and comfort, but she chooses to move to San Francisco and start her own business rather than marry as she's expected to. She sets up shop as a typist-for-hire, but some of her clients have secrets that aren't safe for Fremont to know.

I liked the character and the early 1900s setting, and I enjoyed the scenes Fremont shared with her neighbor. The writing style was a bit stiff for my taste, and I wasn't crazy about the way that the...more
Heather
The book is the first in a series about an independent, forward-looking young woman, Fremont Jones, who moves to San Francisco from Boston in the early 1900s. She starts her own business and promptly gets pulled into two completely separate mysteries.

The elements of the book didn't quite fit together. I didn't completely understand the gothic bits--they were supposed to be Poe-esque, but although they were creepy, they didn't make sense to me. There's an oddly graphic sex scene that seems comple...more
Deirdre S.
A solid four-stars, with five-star potential for the series. The gothic touches are bit over the top in this opening book of the series, but if they hadn't been, you couldn't call them gothic. An engaging, resourceful heroine with an equally interesting supporting cast. I'm particularly fond of the temporal and geographical setting: 1905 San Francisco. Looking forward to Book 2 of the series: Fire and Fog. As the name implies, it will center on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the fire whi...more
Jane
First in a series set in San Francisco in the early twentieth century. A quite engaging read, but valued more for the setting rather than the plot and characters
Gail Fraser
fun, light read with our strong, feminist heroine from early 1900's
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Elisabeth
I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as I did. It's fairly light, and a concept that's getting a little overdone, and I've read others compared to this that I didn't like at all. But the main character is engaging, and very human - lots of heroines are so 'special' as to be cartoonish, or dramatically flawed, or something outside the range of fully believable, but this gal is pretty dead on. The story is good too - a slow build, but quite excellent in the planting of clues and the ultimate...more
Rebekah
Not really sure what I think about this book. I was actually getting into it and then all of a sudden it went mystery turned romance and not a very good one at that. I didn't like Fremont Jones as much as I wanted to. The mystery storyline was pretty good but some of the plot elements seemed out of place, like a whole separate storyline and were overall pretty creepy.
Juanita
Fremont Jones series is just good reading and meant to be very enjoyable as a character. She is the early independent thinking woman and she is resourceful and fun. She strikes out on her own and learns early the "school of hard knocks" but she is persistent and you will find yourself getting involved with her latest challenge and cheering her on and then sometimes it will touch you just for a moment when she is so alone and loses faith in herself. If you loved Nancy Drew (those of you who remem...more
Kristi
This was a very enjoyable historical mystery. It is set in the early 1900's in San Francisco where young woman with an independent spirit, Freemon Jones, sets up a typewritting business as a means to support herself. She soon finds her work has drawn her into a couple of interesting situations and her curiosity gets the better of her.

The book was filled with wonderful details that made you feel that you were in San Francisco in the early 1900's trying untangle the webs of Freemont's customers. T...more
Joseph
I ended up reading this simply because it was on the shelf and I wanted something to read while staying at the in-laws' house. It's a mystery novel set in the early 1900's (I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of San Francisco in that era) about a young woman going against the grain by being out on her own, making a life, and not running away from trouble. I'm sure it's targeted more to women, but I ended up enjoying it anyway and even read some of the later books in the series as well. It's...more
Lynne Tull
Recommended by a Goodreads friend! Thanks LNR. I really do like the first book and plan to continue reading the series. First of all I love mysteries. Secondly, the story takes place in San Francisco where my daughter lives and works. It is one of my favorite places to go and visit. In fact, the last time we were there we went to Chinatown where the mystery leads Fremont. Third, I really like Fremont...who is the Sherlock. She does have a Watson and a Landlady to look after them:)Dianne Day won...more
RachelAnne
Fremont Jones is an engaging heroine, and in this slightly gothic turn-of-the century novel, she falls in love with that thoroughly seductive city, San Francisco. The device of Fremont's business as a typist lends itself nicely to including tantalizing pieces of creepy Poe-esque fiction from one of Jones' clients, and also allows Day to incorporate two mysteries in her first novel. 1905 San Francisco is alluringly adventurous and rough-hewn, with its sequestered Chinese population, boardwalk sid...more
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Dianne Day was born in Mississippi in 1938.
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