The Strange Files of Fremont Jones
A Fremont Jones Mystery
By Dianne Day
(Crimeline, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553569216, 272pp.)
Publication Date: January 1996
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Brave, resourceful, adventurous Fremont (née 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 Fremant 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....
A riveting, atmospheric mix of intrigue and humor introduces a new investigator as cultivated as Sherlock Holmes and as spunky as Kinsey Millhone.
"A fine, buoyany literary style...A spirited, likable heroine."--Kirkus Reviews
"One of the most refreshing heroines to appear in years...Day rates top marks for her crisp, witty dialogue;...cleverly conceived plot; and darkly menacing touches of the macabre."--Booklist
"Dianne Day provides a delightful heroine and a lively, twisty, intriguing mystery."--Carolyn G. Hart, author of Death on Demand and the Henrie O mysteries.