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Forced to leave San Francisco after the earthquake of 1906, Fremont Jones follows her heart to the bohemian beach community of Carmel where she befriends a local artist and signs on as a temporary keeper of the Point Pinos Lighthouse. When a velvet-clad corpse washes in on the tide, Fremont is off on a new quest. When she's attacked and robbed and the artist helping her tuForced to leave San Francisco after the earthquake of 1906, Fremont Jones follows her heart to the bohemian beach community of Carmel where she befriends a local artist and signs on as a temporary keeper of the Point Pinos Lighthouse. When a velvet-clad corpse washes in on the tide, Fremont is off on a new quest. When she's attacked and robbed and the artist helping her turns up missing, she realizes she is perilously close to the truth. And that the next body to drift in on the tide might well be her own....

Title : The Bohemian Murders
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ISBN : 9780553574128
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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The Bohemian Murders Reviews

  • Lynne Tull
    2018-12-18 06:34

    Fremont Jones is growing on me. She has actually matured since the last book. Thank goodness! She is still stubborn and head-strong. I can deal with that. Fremont makes her living by typing for people. So, Ms. Day takes the as an opportunity to entertain us with stories that Fremont is typing. As far as I can tell the stories do not relate to the mystery at all. There were two in this book. One was a short story and the other a novella. They were both good stories, but I am not sure why she wants to do this...unless it is to add more pages to the book. I am not going to tell you what I really liked best about this book because it would be a 'spoiler'. Now, did that entice you to read 'Fremont Jones'? If not, I will reveal all after the next book: 'Emperor Norton's Ghost'.

  • Gail Fraser
    2018-12-27 04:33

    continuing to laugh out loud with the Fremont Jones series of light mysteries with the heroine with cheek and exceptional language

  • Lisa
    2018-12-23 07:28

    Loved this one as much as the first two. Have yet another in the series coming via the library. Freemont Jones is a delightful character and through her story we get an interesting look into the California coast in the early 1900s and social norms of the day.

  • Janifowose
    2019-01-08 05:14

    Typical Freemont Jones book. She finds a dead body, gets caught up a mystery, gets injured, and solves said mystery.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-11 09:07

    This was the first book I read by this author and I'm not sure if I will read another. I didn't care for the relationship between Fremont and Michael and the main plot didn't hold my attention.

  • Erin
    2018-12-23 10:26

    Fremont's relationship with Michael is really rather annoying in this one. And I'm not sure which of the two of them I'm more frustrated with. The previous book doesn't exactly end with them all happily ever after, but Fremont decided to move south "with" him after he tells her that he actually likes her more than friend and definitely not in a fatherly sort of way. But this book opens with him being deliberately obtuse; changing everything about himself that Fremont knows and loves (including his name) and then getting upset with her for not being more accepting. And he's pissed at her for not being able to just leave things alone...but that's supposedly what he liked about her in the first place, so what's that all about? On her side, she keeps flinging passive-aggressive insults about his behavior and being pretty obtuse herself when he actually bothers to come by to see her, but she never actually manages to sit down and tell him point blank what's bothering her or what her expectations are. His behavior strikes me as quintessential midlife crisis and her's as youthful inexperience with interpersonal communication...but those excuses don't make their interactions any less frustrating to read. And yet all that is explained away with the epilogue; go figure.The mystery seemed mostly like an instrument for plot movement; no one really seems to care what's going on except Fremont...though I guess that's par. The one thing that really seemed to be missing in this one is believable motive.

  • Jeanene
    2019-01-04 05:36

    I actually picked this up because I thought it was set in Cardiff as opposed to Carmel, though both are in California, Cardiff is local to me and I was interested in reading something set locally.It did have some interesting elements. I liked the main character, Fremont Jones, a single woman trying to make her way in the world (set just after the San Francisco earthquake) after she lost everything in said disaster.I liked the Bohemians in Carmel, I liked the mystery, I liked the little bits of other stories incorporated into the work (Fremont is a typist and we get a couple of stories from the pages she's typing)But-- there were things about Fremont I didn't care for, much like Harry Potter, she doesn't like to share information, which of course leads to worse troubles, and I hate that as a character trait when it over used to introduce plot complications.I also couldn't stand her love interest, he was whiny and annoying, and it was made quite clear that he would be a fixture in the other books of the series.And although I enjoyed the added stories, one seemed pointless, the other too provocative and neither of them felt like they were written by someone else. Since the book is in first person, it just felt like Fremont was telling a story in her own words rather than sharing something written by another.I doubt I'll pick up any of the other in the series.

  • Minh
    2018-12-29 06:23

    The Fremont Jones novels are a curious mix of Mystery and Romance. At first I assumed that Fremont, having set up shop in San Fransisco would have happily settled there and would have somehow managed to embroil herself in mysteries each novel. Instead we got a series about a woman's life, which unlike most fiction series tumbles up and down. Poor Fremont has dated murderers, been made homeless, had men attempt to rape her, all while trying to date one Michael Archer. After leaving for Carmel with Michael at the end of book 2, we find that Michael has embraced the bohemian lifestyle becoming Misha, a leather clad drunken hippy of a man. Fremont unable to embrace this new lifestyle with as much enthusiasm as Michael finds herself in a nearby town dividing her time between her type writing service, and her job as lightkeeper. Upon the discovery of a young actress' body in the water, Fremont becomes determined to find out what happened to her and is frustrated by the lack of co-operation from not just Michael, but from the majority of the town. Misha? I was pretty surprised at this rapid transformation and I guess what I really liked was although you could've just put down the series after book 2, Dianne Day has managed to keep things interesting enough for us to wonder past the seemingly happy endings.

  • Drew
    2019-01-07 06:26

    I was introduced to this book, author and series (of which this is not the first in the series) by the LibrarySuggester of LibraryThing. Although not as individually compelling as some heroes/heroines of other mystery series, Day's Fremont Jones does grab your attention and take you for a turn-of-the-century ride.[return]Set on the Monterey Peninsula shortly after the great 1906 San Fransisco earthquake, Fremont Jones finds herself temporarily the keeper of the Point Pinos lighthouse. As such she spies a body floating in the bay during one of her daily watches. The body of a woman is brought ashore, but left unidentified by the locals and the medical examiner- until Fremont gets involved. The oddball artist community in Carmel, the suave Braxton Furnivall, and an assortment of other characters moves the story along on shear personality alone. Somewhat predictable towards the end, it is nevertheless a fun and engaging read.

  • Denise
    2019-01-16 08:35

    The Bohemian Murders set in Pacific Grove, California and Carmel, California in 1907, finds the main character, Fremont Jones, acting as a substitute lighthouse keeper. During her duties, she observes a body in the ocean and calls for assistance from the police. Once the body is dragged from the waves, Fremont discovers the body to be that of a woman wearing a fancy red dress, with half of her face eaten by crustaceans. So begins Fremont's search to find the mysterious woman's identity and to ensure the woman receives a decent burial. As a result of her snooping, Fremont Jones encounters much animosity and even violence to her.I found much to enjoy in this book, including information learned about the area and its history. However, I felt the ending was somewhat rushed and I was not fully satisfied with the story's conclusion. Overall, I would recommend this book. It did make me interested in reading more stories about Fremont Jones.

  • Goose
    2018-12-25 07:13

    Third time is not the charm, when it comes to the Fremont Jones series by Dianne Day. Though I would give it 2 & 1/2 stars if you could give half stars on goodreads. Maybe I'm getting tired of Fremont & her off/on flirty relationship with Michael. Maybe the new "not San Francisco" setting bothered me. I'm not sure why but I just found this one lacking. The long flashback at the beginning of the book, that helped introduce all the characters, could have been written or structured better. The novella that Fremont was typing was so bad that I'm surprised she didn't fall out of her chair with laughter. I really liked the character of Phoebe and was excited when she showed up, but then she quickly disappeared. I will still read the next book in this series and I hope it is a trice better than this and I hope it returns this still interesting heroine to San Francisco.

  • Dharia Scarab
    2019-01-13 04:27

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author.5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  • Lara
    2018-12-18 09:25

    This one I like almost as much as Fire and Fog. For some reason Day is just really able to bring her settings alive for me. This one takes place in Carmel at an artist colony, and Fremont takes a post as tmporary lighthouse keeper at the Point Pinos lighthouse. Naturally a dead body washes up on the shore and she must figure out who dunnit! Also, Michael Archer's acting all crazy and wants to be called Misha--huh??? Totally ridiculous fun. But I pretty much just stop with this one and read the first three over and over again instead of rereading any of the rest of the series. They kinda just go downhill from here.

  • Donna
    2018-12-25 05:17

    These books have some really charming elements, but I hate the way that the events of the last two have kept Michael Archer largely out of the picture. It was especially bad this time around because of the heavy jerk-factor. I guess the author was trying to keep some tension between them, but having Fremont so isolated during her investigations makes things less interesting for me. The "short story within the story" parts also don't work all that well.The ending held promise, but I had similar feelings about the end of the previous one. I guess I'll have to wait and see.

  • Kim
    2018-12-28 09:27

    I entered the third book in the series thinking that I remembered what happened in the second. The unfolding of the book led me to believe that something happened in book two led her to leave San Francisco and move to Carmel. I finished the book and not sure that I feel as if I know the true reason why she had to move ... she did something that "shamed" her in society. The Carmelites in this book may be the ancestors of the "hippies" of the 1970s. There is mystery, romance and some history in this series, and I could see it as a mini-series for television.

  • Kristi
    2019-01-09 10:33

    I am wishing I hadn't dragged my feet so long in reading this book, though as one can see by looking at the start and end dates, paper books are slow going for me much of the time. I'm sure that is a big reason why so much time elapsed between books. But, as with the previous books in this series I very much enjoyed it and am looking forward to finishing the next one so I can then get the rest in ebook form :-)

  • Don
    2018-12-17 02:26

    Fremont Jones has moved to Pacific Grove after the San Francisco Earthquake. Beside her typing business, she takes a job as lighthouse keeper for six months as the permanent keeper takes a leave. She spots a body floating in the bay and no mention of the body is found in the newspaper and then the body disappears from the morgue. Fremont promised the body a "Christian" burial and she investigates. As mysteries go, this is a lightweight, a nice respite between heavier readings.

  • Jan
    2018-12-18 03:18

    I love Fremont Jones and am so glad there are three more books in the dear departed Dianne Day's series! However, so many authors feel the need to relocate their main characters from the central locale & it drives me crazy! Of course I enjoyed reading about Carmel & Pacific Grove, I truly missed the hustle & bustle of Fremont in San Francisco! Glad she will be heading back there in the next novel.

  • RachelAnne
    2019-01-07 10:10

    I understand that Fremont's been burned by Justin and is hurt by the implication that the man she fell in love with is "a mistake," but I spent most of the book wanting to shake her and tell her just to hear what Michael had to say. As with the last book, I was disappointed that there just happened to be two criminals in what seemed to be a single case. Nonetheless, the writing was solid, and the characters are quite enjoyable.

  • Julie
    2019-01-08 07:12

    3 1/2 stars. A light mystery, Fremont Jones moves to the Carmel and Monterey area after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake where she is a typist and a part-time lighthouse keeper. A woman’s body washes up in the surf, and Fremont pursues the death. I liked the characters and the historical aspects of the settings. An enjoyable read.

  • C.
    2019-01-06 04:10

    I enjoyed this story a little more than the first one. The addition of her substituting as a lighthouse keeper was a nice twist, considering her attraction to lighthouses in the first book. The story was interesting and I didn't see that particular ending, or rather combinations of endings, coming. And Michael . . . sigh.

  • Sherry
    2018-12-30 08:22

    In this book Fremont is a substitute lighthouse keeper. An unidentified lady washes up on the beach. Murders occur and she solves them. A very enjoyable read. Calm. Good to read after reading a book that is more intense.

  • Alaina Sloo
    2019-01-15 02:28

    Not my favorite mystery set in & around Carmel, but an enjoyable read about Carmel and the Pacific Grove lighthouse in 1907. Not a very complex mystery, and a little heavy on romance with a strange touch or eroticism. Fun to read for Monterey Bay area mystery fans.

  • Katherine
    2019-01-08 09:26

    This was a very good book, it was a nice little mystery to keep in my purse. I loved the ending!

  • Cherilee
    2019-01-14 08:14

    Would have been 4 stars but I didn't appreciate some of the content. The mystery was good though and I like the heroine.

  • Vickie
    2018-12-18 03:11

    Good series, look for more.

  • Carol Cotter
    2018-12-20 10:35

    I registered a book at!

  • Ann
    2018-12-25 09:21

    Fun to read while staying in Pacific Grove and visiting the lighthouse, but plot and characters not well drawn and often annoying.

  • Melanie
    2019-01-01 10:21

    Fremont Jones: always entertaining.

  • Cynthia Kauffmann
    2019-01-15 04:26

    This series is somewhat odd but I like it anyway.