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Caroline Fremont Jones revels in her return to San Francisco, where a new city rises from the ruins of the 1906 earthquake. Even more rewarding is her business partnership and rekindled love with ex-spymaster Michael Archer Kossoff. But their private investigation agency is barely off the ground when Fremont's new friend, lovely but quirky Frances McFadden, becomes their fCaroline Fremont Jones revels in her return to San Francisco, where a new city rises from the ruins of the 1906 earthquake. Even more rewarding is her business partnership and rekindled love with ex-spymaster Michael Archer Kossoff. But their private investigation agency is barely off the ground when Fremont's new friend, lovely but quirky Frances McFadden, becomes their first client--and it's a most troubling case.The adventurous but skeptical Fremont, lured by Frances to a séance, sees her companion fall into a disturbing trance. Despite the opposition of her powerful, controlling husband, Frances is determined to develop her budding psychic ability. Soon she confides to Fremont that a restless spirit from San Francisco's legendary past has entrusted her with a mission.But when one of the city's female mediums is murdered, and then another, Fremont's reservations turn to dread. Who has killed these women who wield their own power in the metaphysical world, and why? As Fremont's investigation takes her into the murky depths of spiritualism, she places not only herself, but also her dearest friends in mortal danger....

Title : Emperor Norton's Ghost
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ISBN : 9780553580785
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Emperor Norton's Ghost Reviews

  • Lisa
    2019-01-02 07:16

    Another fun read by Dianne Day - only two more to go in the series as it appear she stopped writing these in 2001. Would make a wonderful TV series.

  • Janie`
    2019-01-09 03:18

    I love the Fremont Jones books. My favorite was the one that dealt with the San Francisco Earthquake. It brought it home to me, what it must have been like back then. I love that these books take place in my two favorite U.S. cities, San Francisco and Boston. Dianne Day wrote with clarity and charm. She has an active, passionate voice and imbued her character with an endearing, strong and independent personality. I befriended Fremont and went with her on her adventures, peering over her shoulder, trying to warn her when things were about to go badly. Far too often she didn't listen to me and put me through some anxious moments. I grieved with her for her father, worried with her about her friends and her lover. I wanted her to marry her partner, but I understood why she didn't. Both romantic and practical, hard-headed and softhearted, I was sorry to see the series end.

  • Goose
    2018-12-20 08:20

    Book four in the Fremont Jones series is well worth a read. Some interesting characters, including Fremont's father, show up for a spirited read. The only quibble I have is a lack of real suspects. I do like the way Day writes Fremont as a woman who thinks herself forward thinking and modern, but many of her decisions and actions are those of a woman still stuck. I hope she dresses up as a man in another book, that was a fun idea. I liked it more than book three. Still would like more mystery and less romance, but this series is extremely readable and the historical details are top notch.

  • Gloria Mccracken
    2018-12-29 09:25

    I really like this series, especially the protagonist, who is a woman in early 20th century San Francisco. She insists on pursuing her own course, even when some of her friends and relations are not happy about it.

  • Janifowose
    2019-01-07 03:15

    So far my least favorite of the series.

  • D. Wickles
    2019-01-06 09:06

    I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read more of Fremont Jones and the J & K Agency.

  • Erin
    2019-01-07 02:09

    This series has been on something of a steady decline since the first book. The first book was really good, with fun characters and an interesting setting. The main character was a little naive, but in a way that suited her age, upbringing, and situation. But I've liked the subsequent books less and less. And this one not very much at all. Fremont went from a young woman out on her own with an adventurous frame of mind and a fresh outlook on a rather judgmental, prideful busybody with petulant toddler-like mood swings. There's a bit of a plot change in this book compared to the others, in that Fremont talks Michael into opening a detective agency together with Fremont being an investigator and Michael acting in a consulting/mentor role. Except it's really clear that Fremont can't bring herself to actually appreciate Michael in a mentorship role because of their new romantic relationship. She has this desire to prove herself to everyone, but she can't seem to accept that she's still in training and it's not actually beneath her to accept guidance from others with more experience (toddler mood swings...I could probably have replaced out a lot of the dialogue in this book with: "No! Me do!"). Her relationship with Michael is completely annoying, which was rather disappointing because I really liked him in the first couple of books.Add to all that a plot line about spiritualists/mediums, which I had zero interest in, and you've got a let-down read. Despite the fact that she brought in the Emperor of San Francisco, who's rather a cool historical personage.My recommendation: read the first in this series, but skip these later books.

  • Donna
    2018-12-18 10:28

    After Fremont and Michael return to San Francisco and start up a detective agency, Fremont's new friend Frances takes her to a seance. The shocking murder of the medium leaves Fremont with a case that's sure to get her new agency some much-wanted publicity, assuming that she survives to solve it.Another Fremont Jones book with another excuse to send Michael off somewhere for a large portion of the story. At this point I'm wondering if they'll ever end up really working together. The ending was a bit disappointing, Fremont wouldn't have had a clue without a fairly big coincidence. There's also the matter of a note to Frances that wasn't resolved to my satisfaction.These books have a great feel, but the story doesn't really live up to the style for me.

  • Lynne Tull
    2019-01-13 02:23

    It's official now. I am a Freemont Jones fan. She has finally matured from a spoiled immature girl to an adult. She has proved herself to be capable of all the things it takes to be an investigator. This case is her first one that is her own 'Case'. I find that Ms. Day has written two mysteries in one mystery is Freemont and her life. The other is actually the mystery she or her partners/associate are trying to solve. As I leave this book her life is still a mystery. The case is solved in due time and always with a twist at the end. I recommend to you-Freemont Jones Mysteries. A word to the wise: Read them in order or you will miss part of the intrigue!

  • Pat
    2019-01-04 06:00

    Perhaps I am at a disadvantage because I have not read the first two books in the series and so have not developed any sentimentality for the characters. However, I was surprised to find the dialogue uninspired and often cliche. The heroine's choice of friend did her no credit and brought her deductive prowess into question. Both plot and character motivation seemed contrived and the denouement was gratuitously ghoulish. It evoked no emotional response in the reader as no emotional commitment to the victim involved in it had been supplied by the author. Altogether a rather amateurish finale followed by a silly epilogue.

  • Kim
    2018-12-19 03:09

    Another adventure for Fremont Jones. It is good to interact with her father again. It was a surprise what he does come to share with his daughter. I do wish I had some maps handy to view as I read these stories to get a feel for how San Francisco was laid out in the early 1900s. The introduction of Edna as an addition to their office added some humor. I do wonder if all subsequent stories in this series will end with Fremont getting into a possible fatal fix, and then getting herself out int he nick of time. Still an entraining and light read.

  • Rosario
    2019-01-13 04:08

    Not much of a mystery here and, as happens in the previous books of this series, Fremont jumps from one thing to the other in a way that sometimes does not make sense. Also, and I know that Michael is not the main character here, Fremont and michael's relationship is blurry, i.e. could be more developed imho. But, overall, a nice cozy read. The addition of Wish's mother as a character is, however, a nice touch and the character has potential (much as the secretary in the TV series Remington Steele, for instance). Again, I seem to be hooked to the series, so I will go on reading.

  • Jan
    2019-01-04 05:01

    Alas, the once delightful Fremont Jones series goes downhill as it goes on. Don't get me wrong - I adore Fremont & her complicated relationship w her mentor Michael is rather sweet. I just did not care for the hocus pocus focus of this 4th installment & I surely do miss the typewriting service business where detecting was incidental. Will press on w the last 2 volumes.

  • C.
    2019-01-01 03:02

    The fourth of the Fremont Jones books and I enjoyed it much more than the previous installment. There's just something about being back in San Francisco with Fremont and Michael. I enjoyed the plot, which had me guessing until the end. I do wish there had been more with Wish and his little sideplot. That would have made it fascinating.

  • Belinda
    2019-01-04 10:23

    Another great book in the "A Fremont Jones Mystery". Emperor Norton's Ghost was a little more gritty with the murder of two mediums. Fremont is back with Michael, partners in a private investigation agency in San Francisco. Great BOOK !

  • Dawn
    2018-12-17 10:22

    Completely disappointing turn for a promising series. The charming, self-reliant protagonist from the first book has devolved into a bratty termagant. The crime-solving elements are tangential to the erratic emotional swings of the main character.

  • Carol
    2018-12-20 02:24

    Fremont Jones is back in San Francisco and has opened a detective agency with her partner. The craze for spiritualism draws Fremont in when she attends a seance with a friend. Then two mediums are found murdered. Another good historical mystery set in the early 1900s.

  • Leigh
    2019-01-12 05:24

    Emperor Norton's Ghost (Fremont Jones Mysteries) by Dianne Day (1999)

  • Karen
    2018-12-25 07:13

    Oh my, a seance?! What a great way to introduce Emperor Norton...

  • Sandy
    2018-12-29 05:26

    not as good as several of her other novels, but still entertaining.

  • Roberta
    2019-01-07 10:28

    Disappointing. I did not enjoy the fourth novel in this series as much as I did the previous three.

  • RachelAnne
    2019-01-06 08:16

    As much as I adore Emperor Norton and love the main characters in the book, I felt the mystery left much to be desired.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-03 07:20

    It's even better reading it in downtown San Francisco!

  • Alexandra
    2019-01-03 06:11

    4th in series.

  • Catherine
    2018-12-31 02:19

    The killer was not who I expected. Love unexpected outcomes!

  • Pat
    2019-01-12 02:12

    Fremont Jones

  • Sherry
    2018-12-23 06:19

    Another good Fremont Jones. This time involving mesmerizers and somnambulists. Fun.

  • Renée Fontenot
    2018-12-19 03:24

    I love reading about old San Francisco.

  • Lee Anne
    2019-01-16 04:04

    Another enjoyable period mystery.