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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 WellesleySet 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 graduate Fremont (nee Caroline) Jones buys a train ticket to San Francisco to escape her stepmother's meddlesome matchmaking and embark on a career as an independent "type-writer, " she surely knows she is headed for adventure. Well-brought-up young ladies simply didn't do that sort of thing in 1905. But she soon discovers that her new career may involve more excitement than she bargained for. Certainly she had never intended to become so personally embroiled in the lives of her clients. First there is Justin Cameron, the dashingly handsome and somewhat feckless young lawyer, whose charm almost sweeps Fremont off her feet and lands her in mortal danger. Then there is the strangely disturbed and wildly frightened Edgar Allan Partridge, whose phantasmagoric autobiographical manuscript sends her on a mission of discovery up the California coast. And finally there is the elegant and deferential Li Wong, whose untimely death is linked to the paper Fremont typed for him, the content of which she cannot recall. With a setting and period meticulously observed, and a feisty, feminist protagonist, The Strange Files of Fremont Jones provides entertainment and intrigue for modernists and history lovers alike....

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The Strange Files of Fremont Jones Reviews

  • Miriam
    2019-01-20 15:18

    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 how much you like Fremont (the heroine, not the suburb). I found her both not quite developed enough and a bit frustrating in her naivety. To a certain degree it is forgivable, in that she is young and inexperienced, but it became tiresome and implausible that she would foolishly trust some people (including one she had never met before) and be groundlessly suspicious of others. Likewise, her pursuit of the mysteries that interested her over ones that seemed like real causes for concern (such as the possibility that something had happened to her landlady) seemed pretty self-absorbed. Overall it was reasonably entertaining. I'm familiar with all the streets and neighborhoods she described, so that added to my enjoyment. I'll probably order the second volume and decide based on that if I want to continue with the series.

  • Goose
    2018-12-29 20:07

    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 a fast moving, spirited read that could have done with a little more editing. I felt at times that Day was trying to shove too much into this first novel of a series and with one lesss mystery she might have firmed up some of the overly obvious supporting characters ie Justing Cameron. However, I will gladly pick up the next adventure of Fremont Jones. Add a half star if you are a reader of romance novels expanding into suspense/mystery.

  • Sabrina Flynn
    2019-01-07 14:17

    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.

  • Carissa
    2018-12-26 15:15

    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 despite all the culminating weirdness, the character of Caroline Fremont Jones is likeable and intrigued me from the very beginning. The other major problem aside from the hodgepodge of genres is the predictable nature of the actual "mystery" in the book. I knew, or at least suspected, who was involved from almost the very moment I met him. Why? Because I didn't like him much, knew I was supposed to, so my feelings of dislike must stem from the direction I myself would take such a character, i.e. making him a villain. Needless to say, Fremont doesn't always have the best judgement!And that's another thing. This girl is stupid! For being such a fan of Sherlock Holmes (my fangirl's heart LOVES that part of her character), she really doesn't make safe or rational judgement calls. What young, respectable woman in 1905 charges off into San Francisco's Chinatown without an escort? I realize she wants to be independent, but really?So, I couldn't put the book down and it had fascinating elements, but I hope Dianne's next books in the Fremont Jones series have a more cohesive plot. I don't want my supernatural mysteries to mesh with reality. If she wants to give her readers the chills, then by all means stick to a Poe format, but don't bounce between ghost stories and real mysteries.

  • Ariel
    2018-12-22 13:57

    I agree with the synopsis of Day's File of Fremont Jones here on GoodReads in that it compares Jones to Grafton's Kinsey Millhone. The characters certainly have a very similar vibe and I think fans of Grafton's Alphabet Series would enjoy Jones. I do think I will end up reading through the series eventually but there were some pretty big disappointments in this opener. I really wanted more depth from Jones - as well as a bit more maturity/common sense. Both the main character and the majority of the plot resolution felt coated in naiveté. There was enough to make it an interesting, though quick, read. However, Jones' experiences with China Town, the tease of Gothic elements, and her interactions with other characters felt rather fumbled in parts. I ended up wishing that Day had avoided the Gothic and Poe side of things and stuck with a Jones Goes to China Town deal; preferably postponing the bigger arc entanglement of Poe for a blank slate. It certainly had enough to itself to warrant the freedom of said slate and I think she could have really played around with it all quite wonderfully because she certainly had something there. It just felt like a long tease with an unsatisfyingly abrupt resolution. It also felt like Day could have given us more weight in the China Town direction because it seemed like she had enough skill to back up a better view of the historical but she reigned it in for some reason. It's actually this arc entanglement that so reminded me of Grafton's Millhone character and serial mysteries. I've read through the available books this year and the books that have a divided focus end up feeling unsatisfying to me. Whereas Grafton certainly has enough skill to keep you hooked when she focuses her plot. Similarly, Day's Jones feels like it suffered under the same kind of division when it could have shone a lot brighter.

  • Sally906
    2018-12-23 13:07

    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. While her father and his bride are on their honeymoon Caroline runs away to San Francisco, changes her name to Fremont Jones, finds herself lodgings with a widow called Mrs O’Leary, settles in and sets up her own a typing business.Fremont’s fellow boarding house guest is the enigmatic Michael Archer, who Mrs O’Leary is convinced is a spy. The plot is based around the three of Fremont’s customers and Michael. The first is a rather nice young lawyer called Justin Cameron who quickly becomes her boyfriend. Justin is followed by a rather creepy author, Edgar Allan Partridge, who wants his handwritten manuscript typed out. As Fremont types out his macabre stories we get to ‘read’ them as well, and when he doesn’t turn up to collect the finished manuscript, Fremont follows hints in the stories to try and track him down. The third major client to make up Fremont’s ‘strange files’ is an elderly Chinese man called Li Wong – who dictates his last will and testimony. A week later he has been murdered and Fremont’s office is broken into.This is a wonderful start to a new (for me) series – a mystery complete with strong female character, lots of thrills and adventure. There is humour, death, romance, twists, turns and realistic characters. All this is accompanied by vivid descriptions of San Francisco that just conjure up a sense of place and time.

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2018-12-27 14:06

    Two and a half stars is charitable for what is obviously a first novel. Day has some good ideas that could have borne more development than the "gothic" bit. The ending was rushed, going more for Twilight Zone last-scene effect a than satisfying finish. I got very tired indeed of the interpolations of Edgar/Peregrine's supposed stories, which led me to wonder if Ms Day had tried her hand at that particular genre without success. I know wealthy girls were supposedly kept wrapped in cotton wool in those days but as others have stated, one wonders how such a babe in the wood could have made it across the country on her own without being robbed, raped and/or murdered, let alone wandering around a strange city in the dark. She might not be the first miss to merrily hand her maidenhead to the first charming young man who paid attention to her, but surely with her conservative upbringing it wouldn't have taken just a few kisses? I guess my complaint is that the novel doesn't seem to know where it's going. The main character is a wee bit too modern in thought and action for the time and her supposed education, and I didn't find the Justin character at all convincing (and yes, I've known plenty of guys like the one he was supposed to be.) There's a lot of talk about carrying brown paper lunch bags; however even though the self-opening sack was patented in the 1880s, I feel pretty sure that most people carrying their lunch on a regular basis at that time would be using metal dinner pails or lunch tins. Certainly where I live the round, stackable lunch tins carried by many construction workers haven't changed in over 100 years and are still widely available. I'm not usually demanding when it comes to a weekend read, but this needs work.

  • LJ
    2019-01-20 18:23

    THE STRANGE FILES OF FREMONT JONES - OkayDay, Dianne - 1st in seriesBrave, 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 Justin Cameron well-nigh sweeps Fremont Jones off her feet—and into a situation ripe with perilous intrigue. A client meets an untimely death that Fremont suspects is linked to the paper she typed for him, of which she can recall but one small fragment. And her attempts to disentangle reality and imagination in the gothic tales penned by Edgar Allan Partridge—whose demeanor is one of terror under the barest restraint—send her up the rocky California coast on a mission of discovery from which she may not return....This book won the 1996 Macavity award but I found it dreadfully slow and didn't care for the protagonist.

  • Kim
    2019-01-17 20:00

    I am a big fan of Molly Murphy and the Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen Rhys Bowen as well as The Blackbird Sisters by Nancy Martin. Nancy Martin I was excited to start another female detective novel set in a specific historical time. The Boston connection was perfect for me as a New Englander. There certainly were some twists to this story. The plot line intrigued my thirst for American history and introduced me to the world of the American Asian culture in California at the turn of the century (1900s). I was not happy with the inference that the non-traditional background and upbringing of a child is the cause of his/her poor choices later in life. The book was entertaining, with romance, friendship and mystery.

  • Green Turquoise
    2018-12-22 15:21

    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 research on San Francisco. My only issue is that the main character seems a bit too anachronistically modern for the time period that she is in, but that could be my opinion on it. From the strength of this book I got the whole series which I am currently reading.

  • Juanita
    2019-01-02 17:10

    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 remember Nancy), you will love Fremont Jones. I saw them on my bookshelf this morning and just smiled to remember such a good series.

  • Joseph
    2019-01-02 15:14

    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 not action packed and the mysteries aren't very complicated or developed, but it's unique and is a good read.

  • Sandi
    2019-01-16 15:06

    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.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-31 16:15

    So much fun, set at the perfect time and in one of my favorite places, San Fransisco. I love Fremont. What a woman!

  • C.J.
    2019-01-10 20:05

    A charming, compelling voice gets this novel off to a zippy start. Once under way, though, I began to suspect that her narrator's voice and a few plot ideas were all Dianne Day had planned. In 1905, rebellious bluestocking Caroline Fremont Jones flees Boston for San Francisco, drops "Caroline," and sets up as a typist. Excellent premise! However . . . Another reviewer has compared Day to Sue Grafton; I agree in that both authors meander and vamp, as if they're not sure which way to steer their narrators. Fremont Jones vacillates much more than Kinsey Millhone: sometimes she's a take-charge amateur detective, sometimes a rather limp romantic heroine, sometimes a bystander in a Poe tale. The pre-quake San Francisco setting is dotted with just enough anachronisms to put me off ("mom and dad"? no formalities between ladies and gentlemen? and the big sex scene is a Harlequin classic); and by midway through the story, suspense--alas!--had dissipated.

  • Linda C
    2019-01-09 16:53

    Caroline Fremont Jones leaves her father's house in Boston when he goes off on his honeymoon with his new wife who has plans to marry off Caroline to her nephew. Having graduated from Wellesley College and not interested in being a society matron, Caroline moves to San Francisco in March 1905 and sets up a typewriting service and drop the Caroline, becoming Fremont Jones. Her typing jobs bring an assortment of characters from a young lawyer unable to afford a secretary, to a skeletal figure writing gothic stories, to a Chinaman writing a business contract. She interacts with each of them in interesting ways. She has a character in Mrs. O'Leary, her landlady and a mysterious neighbor who Mrs. O'Leary thinks is a spy. When one client is murdered and one disappears, Fremont is drawn into finding out their stories. I liked this heroine and look forward to more of her adventures.

  • Carol
    2019-01-08 20:14

    I enjoyed this story a lot. Having just read another book where the author dragged out the story (was she being paid by the word?) I appreciated the intelligence of this one where the story was able to jump ahead and leave out the boring details because she had before mentioned what she was about to do.I found the story itself to be quite original, the heroine was strong and courageous yet still feminine. I normally don't care for Gothic tales, which were included here as a book she was typing for a client, but I found that it added to the originality of this story. All in all a satisfying read for me.

  • Donna
    2018-12-27 15:59

    This story was creepy but not really scary. It did keep my interest though and when I wasn´t reading I was wondering about what would happen. I´m glad I finally read it since I´ve had his book on my to-be-read list for a really long time. Fremont Jones reminds me a lot of myself, strong-willed and different. I love that she left her home to support herself and decided not to be married. She wanted to be her own person without the limits of societies ideals. I can´t wait to see what happens as I read more of this series.

  • Debbi
    2019-01-05 19:05

    I rate this brain ok a 3.5. There much I like - Fremont, who matures in this novel, San Francisco in 1906, good mix of good/bad guys and not knowing which is which (although its obvious quickly), and enough suspense to keep me reading. But, it was a bit too macabre and a sex scene - really? Not what I would expect in a suspense/mystery book. But, I will continue with this series and see how it goes.

  • Kristen
    2019-01-07 14:20

    I'm a bit torn on how to review this book. There were things I liked about it, but there were also things that really didn't work for me, or felt odd and out of place with the rest of the book. I decided to go with the three stars, because overall, I did enjoy the book enough to finish it.Fremont is a spunky, independent character, and I liked that she determinedly made a life for herself on her own terms, in spite of living at a time when this was difficult for women. She is intelligent and thoughtful, resourceful and kind. On the down side, there are moments in the book where she reverts to the damsel in distress which irritated me. To be fair, I expect that women at this time probably did have moments where they "fell off the wagon" of independence given how hostile society was to such women, but it did diminish my fondness for Fremont a little each time it happened.The plot seemed to be trying to be too many things at once, and felt a bit chaotic and confused at times. There is a plucky girl on her own component, there's a mystery component, there is a romance, sort-of [although that part felt very odd and almost off-putting to me in how it was handled, and I read a fair bit of romance so I have read a variety of books including a romance component. It didn't work for me in this book], and there is also a paranormal aspect to the story. Any one of these could have been the focus of the book, since it is a relatively short book. But in trying to cram in all of these components, the book just felt disjointed and not *quite* anything to the fullest.As I said, I did enjoy the story, and I like the character of Fremont. I would read another book in this series, with the hope that the author will choose what the book and storyline is meant to be and stick with that. I also would like to see Fremont settle into being an independent woman, and be completely okay with that choice, letting go of the need to go all fluttery when challenges come her way.

  • Bea
    2018-12-26 12:04

    This was my introduction to author Dianne Day. What a wonderful way to meet an author - through a book I thoroughly enjoyed. Imagine my disappointment to learn she died 5 years ago. However, there are more books in this series, and I look forward to more adventures with Fremont Jones, a gutsy lady for her time.

  • Lorraine Herbon
    2019-01-01 15:13

    If you like San Francisco, spirited heroines, mysterious suiters, and the Edwardian era, this is the book for you. It's a light read--fun and quick, just the thing for a rainy day. I will admit that parts of it got me a little spooked, and I learned not to stay up too late reading this. In the end, it was a lovely book, and I've already ordered the second in the series.

  • Janifowose
    2019-01-05 19:55

    Simple mystery, but the main character is loveble. I cannot wait for Amazon to send me the next book.

  • D. Wickles
    2019-01-10 13:53

    This is the second Fremont Jones mysteries I've read and I really enjoy them. I admire Fremont Jones for adventuring across the nation to start out on her own.

  • Wise Cat
    2019-01-09 19:20

    This was amazing! I actually read the sequel to this, Fire and Fog, a few months earlier. That was unintentional....I found Fire & Fog in the library's withdrawn pile, and it looked GOOD. And it WAS!!I knew it was the second in a series, so I made it a point to finally read the first Fremont book! It did not disappoint. It was a real page turner, and I would have finished it sooner than I did. But I was also reading two other books to get through the holidays, and I purposely slowed down near the end to savor it and make it last through New Year's.Fremont is a woman way ahead of her time, practical and independent. Her stepmother ("traditional" in her thinking) would be horrified of some of Fremont's actions. A "proper, well-brought up young lady from Boston does NOT engage in such scandalous behavior!" This book had everything for me: Romance, action, suspense, humor, horror, and a good mystery. Good character development too, as this is always important to me for a good read.I grew to care about these characters as "real" 3 dimensional people. Esp. Mrs. O'Leary, her landlady. I know I never cared about MY landlord, the $^%&*#@! jerk, LOL.I enjoyed reading how Fremont initially met her Chinese friend, Meiling. Plus, there's the history between her and other characters that I was curious about as well. Often, I felt like I was in 1905 WITH her, as there's much detail about the culture of that time. Details even about the architecture of some BEAUTIFUL buildings, and it was like being there in the building. This is the year before the huge real-life earthquake the following year. The sequel, Fire & Fog, describes that in realistic details also, making me think I experienced the quake too.I'm a fan of Edgar Allan Poe's poems and short stories, and there's a character in this book who is also a fan, though maybe obsessed also....It contains excerpts of his short stories (the character's, not Poe's, though they are similar), which were scary and fun at the same time. The ending was kind of a surprise to me, but in a way I also expected something like that....A mixed bag. Hint: Think Norman Bates of Psycho, and his obsession with his mother.The time period is also enjoyable, turn-of-the-century San Francisco. During that time, a woman having her own business and being so independent was pretty unheard of. Fremont has guts, spunk, etc. And I'm looking forward to reading more in this series someday.Anyone who loves historical fiction and strong women would love this series.

  •  Olivermagnus
    2019-01-09 16:16

    Set in San Francisco in the early 20th century, The Strange Files of Fremont Jones is about a modern woman who abandons her wealthy Boston home to seek her own life. She has vowed never to marry, so when her father and his new wife are on their honeymoon, she leaves for San Francisco and starts a typing business. Things are going well, and she becomes involved with her new friends: a young lawyer named Justin Cameron, her curious landlady, Mrs O'Leary, and a mysterious neighbor, Michael Archer. Opening up her new Typewriter Service Fremont Jones quickly becomes involved in a mystery when she is approached by a Chinese man who is later found dead. Soon afterward she discovers her office has been burgled and his file stolen. Fremont knows his family needs the information in the letter, which has disappeared, and she is determined to get to the bottom of it all. Along the way, she becomes a private detective, falls in love, and gets in one scrape after another. I thought this was a promising start to a good series. The time period and the characters are all very colorful. You almost feel the San Francisco of that time. The plot and mystery have some twists and turns that made it very interesting. Ms. Day passed away in 2013 and I noticed there are five more in the Fremont Jones series. I would definitely pick one up to find out what happens to Fremont in the future.

  • Ann
    2019-01-12 16:08

    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 manuscript of stories as eerie as those written by his namesake, Edgar Allen Poe. After proclaiming the stories to be true, he vanishes without returning to collect his finished work.A third client is found murdered after hiring Fremont to type a sensitive document. The man's family turn to her seeking answers.Her search for E. A. Partridge and for the answers she hopes to find for the murdered man's family lead her to San Francisco's seedy, dangerous underworld, Will it also be there that she will find the answers to her own heart's dilemma?This was a fairly good mystery. I liked the main character, and the setting and plot were interesting. However interesting the plot was, though, it felt like it was too busy with too many threads. I found that rather distracting. For what it's worth, I also dislike the title. It sounds too much like a juvenile book to me, which it certainly is not.

  • Minh
    2018-12-27 13:02

    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 author Edgar Allen Perreigne. Written in the style of Edgar Allen Poe, Fremont begins typing up the chilling stories which seem to be based from true life tales. With suitors in the form of Justin, the young lawyer and Michael Archer, a young retired man sharing the same home Fremont quickly embraces her new life. Having not read any stories set in American during this time I was frustrated wanting women's liberations, more freedom for the chinese, but I suppose that's how you're supposed to feel. My only complaint is how thinly layered the characters seeming at times, we know Justin is a chauvinistic male of his time but I would have thought Fremont was intelligent enough to see through it all. I'd be interested to see where this series goes as it seems over 5 have been released in the series thus far.

  • Rosario
    2019-01-12 13:04

    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 well done and keeps you wanting more. The language etc. is well crafted considering it's the beginning of the 20th century. All in all, a nice read and, as said before, with potential. Reminded me at times of Sherlock and his missus in Laurie R. King's The Beekepers' Apprentice (and the rest of books in the series) and I quite like King's series so ... I would have given it 3 and a half stars I this had been possible.

  • Vannessa Anderson
    2019-01-12 12:16

    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 typing business. Her business takes off right away and not only are her customers of those wanting her to type their letters but those wanting her to transcribe their book manuscripts. One of the manuscripts is from a man who tells her his stories are like Edgar Allen Poe’s but better because they’re true. As Fremont Jones reads the manuscript, her curiosity overtakes her and she sets out to learn the truth behind the stories.An excellent read.