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"With her independent spirit and youthful determination, Miss Jones is virtually invincible," raved The New York Times Book Review upon meeting Dianne Day's spunky and appealing new heroine in her debut, The Strange Files of Fremont Jones. Now Fremont Jones returns, awakened by a terrible rumbling, and nearly crushed by a falling armoire, to find herself in the midst of th"With her independent spirit and youthful determination, Miss Jones is virtually invincible," raved The New York Times Book Review upon meeting Dianne Day's spunky and appealing new heroine in her debut, The Strange Files of Fremont Jones. Now Fremont Jones returns, awakened by a terrible rumbling, and nearly crushed by a falling armoire, to find herself in the midst of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.In the confusion and devastation that ensues, Fremont volunteers for the Red Cross, and learns to drive an automobile to transport supplies and handsome doctors, sparking romances along the way. Her sleuthing cohort, the elusive Michael Archer, vanishes, leaving Fremont alone to sleuth the mysteries uncovered by the earthquake and to wrestle with her romantic feelings for Michael. A smuggler's cache unearthed by the disaster leads Fremont straight into danger: kidnapped by murderous Ninjas, Fremont must find her way to safety—thwarted at every turn, as even friends become suspect. Alone Fremont picks her way through the menacing ruins of San Francisco and narrowly escapes with her life....

Title : Fire and Fog
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ISBN : 9780553569223
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 257 Pages
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Fire and Fog Reviews

  • Minh
    2019-01-13 05:16

    I think it's the sign of a well written mystery novel, when the mystery is subtle and not in the form of a dead body which the main character just happens to stumble upon. Bringing back Fremont Jones, the story is featured during the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. With her home destroyed Fremont temporarily sets up a new office with a previous client, Alice whom she stumbles upon while driving for the Red Cross. Anonymous threats lefts at her doorstop, amorous suiters who refuse to take no for an answer, the mysterious deaths of her previous landlords the Sorensons, ninjas? Ok, the last one was a little over the top but I respected Fremont throughout the book and lauded her decisions. Dianne Day has done a very smooth job of integrating real life events with this series in a way that keeps the momentum going, easily setting up the next few novels.

  • Goose
    2018-12-31 07:55

    This is the second book in Fremont Jones Mystery series by Dianne Day. This time typist and amateur sleuth Fremont Jones not only has a couple of mysteries to solve but she must do so in the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. What happened to the owners of the building in which Fremont had her professional typist office? Why did they have so many odd things hidden the building which the earthquake uncovers? Who is the mysterious woman that Fremont finds wandering the streets after the earthquake? Who is telling the truth? Who is out to harm her? Again Day gives Fremont more men who find her unbearably attractive and compelling and who feel the need to protect her from the world. In 1906 that probably was the case with many men. Still it makes for a "romance novel" edge to this book which at times was almost laughable. Over all though, this book, even more than the first Fremont Jones book, was so fast paced and Fremont such an interesting and fun character that I didn't mind the fawning men or the mysteries that at times just seemed inconsequential. Not only is Fremont a great character but Day surrounds her with well drawn supporting characters who at times may be cliche, but are still enjoyable. Maybe it's the well thought out period details that make this book work for me. Not sure but still a fun read and well worth the read if you like your period mysteries to have a bit of romance mixed in.

  • Erin
    2019-01-17 04:16

    Kind of torn on this one. Fremont stumbles upon several mysteries in this one, but is, understandably, entirely caught up with the aftermath of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire so there's not all that much of an attempt to solve anything. Well, she puts a great deal of effort into solving one mystery, which gives her the answer to a mystery that she didn't know existed until she solved it. I guess this whole book was something like a mystery slight-of-hand. Overall, not bad. But I was getting a little annoyed with Fremont's obliviousness to danger, both to herself and to those around her. She's so caught up in wanting to be independent and not accepting the charity of friends that she tends to do stupid things.

  • Green Turquoise
    2018-12-25 03:11

    It's rare to find the second book in the series to be better than the first, but I loved it even more. How is that possible? Great characters, gripping narrative, careful research, interesting mystery and engaging characters that you respect and understand. Plus social commentary on the times, an intricate but clear plot and a romantic subplot. This book is just sheer fun!Fremont Jones is an amazing woman character, you will find yourself rooting for her and looking forward to more!

  • Lisa
    2019-01-09 04:18

    Another fun book in this series about Freemont Jones a victorian woman making her way in San Francisco and solving mysteries to boot. In this book the mystery centers around a series of events related to the great SF earthquake. Interesting little bits of history add to the fun.

  • RachelAnne
    2019-01-12 07:55

    I love the main character, and I relished the description of life during and just after The Great Quake. However, the mystery seemed a bit too convoluted in its solution to me this time.

  • Wise Cat
    2019-01-08 10:21

    I found this gem of a book in a pile of withdrawn books at the library. I see it is the second book in the Fremont Jones series, so I missed some backstory.Fremont is a cross between Kinsey Millhone of Sue Grafton's books, and Sherlock Holmes of Arthur Doyle's books. A smart, practical, way ahead-of-her-time, unconventional, amateur sleuth! She has guts, along with a witty sense of humor.I once lost track of time reading this for an hour, as I couldn't put it down. She kind of reminds me of Dr. Quinn, from the 90's TV shows about a woman doctor from the East who goes West to make a life of her own.Fremont is from the East as well, and she has her own business---in 1906 San Francisco not long after the quake. Her Chinese friend is also unconventional, determined to be independent---defying her family's wishes. VERY DARING and dangerous, in a way, for that time.As for the mystery, things did not tie together the way I thought they would. Some things had nothing to do with the mystery at all, and mistaken identity played a part. Also, the culprit really shocked me, as I never suspected him at all!!! Quite a few red herrings in this one, so enjoy the ride and try not to think about how this ties in. It usually does not!I found the ending a bit rushed, like Day has to hurry up and solve this mystery/crime. Still, after reading this, I want more of Fremont Jones!!! Someday I'm going to read the first book, The Strange Files of Fremont Jones.It's also a good book to read if one is weary of modern life. This is the turn-of-the-century, and things we take for granted were in the works of being invented. Life sounded simpler back then though. People talked to one another; there was a lot of face-to-face interaction.

  • Carl Brookins
    2018-12-29 02:08

    Ms. Day must do really meticulous research. Add to that her considerable talent as a writer and the reader will understand what it must have been like for citizens of San Francisco on April 16, 1906. That was the date of the most famous earthquake on this continent. Any writer of historical fiction, has among other interesting challenges, the task of making comprehensible to contemporary readers the period in which the story is set. The author must do that without losing the reader who can never fully realize or understand the language, the mores, the motivations, and the times. History, like fiction, like our own memories, is selective and owes greatly to interpretation.In Fire and Fog and her other Fremont Jones mysteries, the author has done an admirable job of evoking the times without losing readers through over use of non-essential details and authenticity. Here we have just the right balance. The story of murder and chicanery, confused by the destruction of the earthquake is clever, as is our independent, feisty protagonist. The characters are interesting and stay in character; they are nicely developed as are some of the important relationships.Fremont Jones, possessed of more than her share of impetuous curiosity, discovers the contents of locked storeroom. This as the result of the earthquake when she attempts to rescue her typewriting business. Murder, terror and the ever-mysterious Michael Archer stalk the pages of this most excellent novel.

  •  Olivermagnus
    2019-01-08 03:55

    Having previously read Dianne Day's first book (The Strange Files of Fremont Jones) featuring the feisty sleuth/typist, I decided to pick up the second of the series. The book starts out with the great earthquake of 1906 in San Francisco. Mrs. O'Leary's house is evacuated and Fremont's office has been destroyed. Handsome and mysterious Michael Archer has been called out of town on business and leaves his room at the Presidio and his automobile in Fremont's care. While working for the Red Cross Disaster Relief team, she meets Alice Lashley who seems very confused about what's going on in her life. Alice invites Fremont to stay with her and that's when she discovers various dead things keep appearing on the front steps. With Michael away and Mrs O'Leary missing, she has no one to consult, and the situation becomes very dangerous.The story of murder and chicanery, confused by the destruction of the earthquake is clever, as is our independent, feisty protagonist. The characters are interesting and nicely developed, and the relationship between Fremont and Michael is progressing slowly. I find this series so entertaining and the time period set in San Francisco is filled with possibilities. It's not a tightly written suspense/thriller novel, but if you're in the mood for a 1Cspunky 1D heroine, Fremont is a woman who knows her own mind and can definitely keep you entertained.

  • Donna
    2018-12-19 09:15

    After San Francisco's 1906 earthquake and the fires that followed leave Fremont Jones without a home or office, she tries to rebuild her life while also running errands for the relief effort. But between the strange behavior of a new friend and Fremont's discovery of an inaccuracy in the list of quake victims, it doesn't take long for her inquisitive nature to get her into trouble.This book is similar to the first in that there's more than one mystery going on. They seem a little more successfully woven together in this case, but I wasn't crazy about the fact that so many things relied heavily on coincidence. Some plot elements set up additional misunderstandings and conflicts in heavy-handed ways, for example, there's one minor character whose sole purpose in the story seems to be keeping Fremont out of communication with the largely absent Michael Archer for a few extra days.I would have been less bothered by the coincidences and overdone twists if Michael had been around more, the best moments of both books are when he's playing Watson to her Holmes. I think I'd like these stories better if they were more of a constant team.

  • Sandie
    2018-12-18 08:58

    Fire and Fog is the second book in Dianne Day's Fremont Jones series. Everything gets disrupted when the earthquake hits San Francisco. Fremont lives for a while at The Presidio, in a tent in Golden Gate Park, and with another woman in her house. And of course there is a murder and other adventures come her way, including driving a Maxwell car around the city to help out with the earthquake aftermath. Michael Archer is barely in the book. Fremont wears pants and discovers she likes the freedom they give.I wanted to read this to learn about the SF earthquake. Dianne Day researches her books thoroughly.

  • AmyEller Lewis
    2019-01-14 09:21

    If you're looking for a tight and solid mystery, the Fremont Jones books are not for you. However, I really don't care. I love Fremont Jones so much, and the care Day takes with historical and emotional detail, makes this wackadoo story just the ticket for me. I love that she has her own business, I love that she doesn't wear a corset. So often in Historical Heroines of all genres, she's very restricted in her movements, in her choices. And we say, "well, that's okay, because that's how women were. It was The Times". But so many women were outliers in their own times. These are who I want to read about. These are great.

  • Grace
    2018-12-26 07:21

    I've been trying to get book 1 so I could start at the beginning (series was recommended by a friend), but apparently one library in the entire valley has it. So I went with book two. It is a fun series, even with starting with the second one. I like the main character, her independence and desire to be a modern woman, even though she wouldn't know that phrasing yet. I also like the experience painted of those who lived through the San Francisco earthquake and its impact on day to day living. Some of her experiences were unrealistic, but isn't that why we read fiction? I'll be reading more of Fremont Jones.

  • Gill
    2019-01-01 02:20

    Fire and Fog is set in 1906 San Francisco, as earthquake and fire ravage the city by the bay.An interesting counterpoint to Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King - the latter being the superior book in my opinion.The trauma and dislocation of the earthquake was not conveyed as well as in Locked Rooms. And the love triangle was a heavy-handed cliche!

  • Lynne Tull
    2019-01-08 03:15

    I am still liking this series. However, Freemont is wearing on me. She has a temper which really does not appeal to me. Her temper comes across to me as that of an immature spoiled child who has not gotten her way. The issue that prompted her pique in this book did not make sense to me. Not only was it unreasonable, but she hangs on to her complaint way too long. It does not work in her favor. I cannot see why her friends find this acceptable. I am hoping that she mellows out in the next book.

  • Sandy
    2018-12-21 03:13

    like Suzanne Arruda's 'Jade' mysteries, this is a good diversion from deeper more mentally consuming books. It takes place in San Fran during the early part of the 1900's - this particular one during the earthquake. It's great because it's teaching me a fair amount about the earthquake and it's aftermath. Perhaps some is fiction but on the whole I expect it's fairly accurate as regards to events of the time. Entertaining and a very fast read!Last time I read about this character I learned some interesting things about Mormons... not my cup of tea but somewhat interesting none-the-less!

  • Sian Jones
    2019-01-06 07:21

    The second in this series, this novel incorporates intriguing material dealing with the 1906 earthquake and aftermath fire. It feels reasonably well-researched, and it's a mystery so I'm not going all fact-checker on it, though I'm not using it as the primary source for my California history class either. It's just well-handled as a milieu. The Gothic part of this one, comme ci, comme ca, but the evacuation to Golden Gate Park? Nice.

  • Deirdre S.
    2018-12-25 05:01

    Somewhat disappointed in how little detail there was about the 1906 SF earthquake and fire, but as this is a novel and not a history, I can't really complain. As a novel, this works as well as book 1 in the series, and moves a crucial relationship between two continuing characters further forward. Because Fremont has lost both her home and her place of business in the disaster, where she goes from here will be interesting. On to "The Bohemian Murders", Book 3.

  • Ilze Sweeney
    2019-01-07 04:17

    Tāds viegli lasāms gabals, ar kura palīdzību atsvaidzināt grāmatu paleti starp nopietnākiem darbiem. Joprojām patīk spītīgā un uzņēmīgā Fremonta, kas sevi mēģina pierādīt kā neatkarīgu sievieti 20. gadsimta sākuma Sanfrancisko. Šoreiz visa darbība notiek 1906. gada zemestrīces ēnā- kontrabanda, mīklaina un histēriska istabas biedrene, pielūdzēji un nindžas. Ak, un, mīļā Fremonta, pietiek nu tiepties, un ir laiks pašai sev atzīties, ka Maikls IR īstais:)

  • Maddy
    2018-12-19 04:14

    RATING: 3.25Overall, I didn’t feel that the characterization was as memorable as in the first book. Many of the interesting secondary characters were mostly absent throughout the book. The new characters didn’t really touch the heart. The believability factor was rather low in this one. An excellent job on the setting, though, and depiction of life in San Francisco after the earthquake.

  • Kristin
    2018-12-22 08:16

    Fairly enjoyable, although I did get annoyed with the main character from time to time. She wasn't exactly easy to relate to and much to prone to internal temper tantrums. I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book, but the last couple of chapters stretched my suspension of disbelief a bit too hard for me to really enjoy the whole book.

  • Dawn
    2019-01-04 08:04

    Enjoyed the continuing storylines and characters introduced in the first book of this series. The author's storytelling style shifted slightly, but the plot disorder seemed to parallel the general disarray of the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, so it worked.

  • Sherry
    2018-12-24 10:11

    The 1906 earthquake in San Francisco has happened. Great descriptions of the aftermath. Murders are occurring around Fremont Jones and she wants to find out who is behind it all. Good twists. Loved it.

  • Sharon
    2018-12-18 06:21

    A very nice story about the San Francisco earthquake and how it impacted peoples lives. I'm sore there were a lot of mysteries going on in reality as well as fiction. The only thing I didn't like about this second book in Day's the cliff hanger. Luckily I do have the 3rd book.

  • Lee Anne
    2019-01-05 05:19

    2nd in a series, this book takes place during the 1906 earthquake and fires in San Francisco. Interesting story, very interesting historical background. No warning for graphic content needed, as there was in the first book.

  • Dee
    2018-12-28 09:59

    I read this with a book group because the author had been a member of a feminist book group a friend and I had once belonged to. She was writing The Strange Files of Fremont Jones when we first met her. The books were kind of a disappointment.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-11 07:04

    This is the second in the Fremont Jones books. Again, cute and surprising in the end. There are two mysteries she is trying to resolve, like in the first. Again, the romance trickles in (I like romance in my books).

  • Sage Streck
    2019-01-11 02:09

    This has been a fun series to read. I am enjoying Fremont Jones and her San Francisco adventures. My only complaint about this story was that there seemed to be a few loose ends that were never resolved by the end of the book, and Fremont's various romances felt a little too contrived.

  • Jan
    2018-12-28 01:57

    Another delightful mystery featuring the intrepid Fremont Jones. Will Fremont & her beloved typewriter survive the San Francisco quake & fire of 1906? Quite the nailbiter (which is bad for typing skills). These books remind me of Laurie R King's Mary Russell novels.

  • Sabrina Flynn
    2018-12-25 10:09

    Fire and Fog is the 2nd book in the Fremont Jones series. Like the first, it's shamelessly unbelievable, and that's what gives this series so much charm. I'll sum this book up with one word: Ninjas. How cool is that?