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Beacon Street Mourning: A Fremont Jones Mystery Kindle Edition

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Fremont Jones, still mending from her last adventure (Death Train to Boston) is called back from San Francisco to Boston because of her father's illness. When Fremont arrives to find him hovering near death, her dislike of her stepmother, Augusta, soon blooms into suspicion about Augusta's role in Leonard's mysterious "wasting" disease. Their strained relationship becomes even more difficult when Fremont insists that Leonard be moved immediately to a hospital. Fremont is so encouraged by her father's progress and so willing to make him happy that, despite her feminist principles, she acquiesces to his wish that she marry her lover Michael, the intriguing Russian émigré who is also her partner in a California detective agency. But then Leonard dies, supposedly of a heart attack. Fremont is certain he's been poisoned, but when Augusta too dies--shot to death--it becomes clear there is more than one adversary for the plucky young woman to contend with, and she sets out to solve the mystery.

Fremont Jones is an intriguing character, a Boston Brahmin and bluestocking whose New England roots are strong and deep and whose independence and autonomy are often in conflict with her love for Michael as well as with the cultural mores and values of her time and place. Author Dianne Day gets the period details down perfectly and adds to the picture of Fremont Jones that has emerged from her previous books featuring this strong-willed, sexy, and consistently interesting heroine. The pace is slow, but both the development of character and the atmosphere Day creates make that a plus rather than a minus. --Jane Adams

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Plenty of period flavor and a heroine who's a nascent feminist with an independent streak as wide as San Francisco Bay distinguish this sixth turn-of-last-century adventure from Macavity Award winner Day (The Strange Files of Fremont Jones). Though still recovering from devastating injuries incurred during a previous outing, feisty Fremont Jones leaves San Francisco to return home to Boston to attend her ill, perhaps dying father, Leonard. Fremont makes the arduous trip cross country accompanied by her lover, Michael Kossoff, co-owner and partner in the J&K (detective) Agency. Fremont has to cope not only with Leonard's illness but also with her stepmother, Augusta, whom she suspects may have been poisoning him, as well as with a greatly changed Boston (or is it she who has changed?). As Fremont faces the inevitable parting from her father, she also begins to deal from a new, adult perspective with the people she knew as a child. Just as she and Michael are on the verge of sorting out some tricky questions of poison and murder, the shooting death of Augusta forces them to reassess their assumptions. Day's astute descriptions of the social mores and day-to-day life in Boston in 1909 are as entertaining as the characters she creates, and give much added pleasure to the reader.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553580612
  • Publisher: Bantam (December 18, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2007
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012P2OLU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,318 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Beverly B. Allen on January 27, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Doubleday no longer intends to publish series mysteries, and because of this, Fremont Jones has met an untimely end. And because of contractual matters, Day can't take the series to another publisher. So, enjoy this one, folks -- it's the last in the series. It's a real shame!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Over four years ago, Fremont Jones, a prominent young woman in Boston high society, left her home to escape the social pressure fostered on her by the upper crust. She journeyed to San Francisco where she opened up a typing business. On the West Coast, Fremont met the love of her life, Michael Kossoff, a former(?) spy for both the American and Russian governments. They survived the first great twentieth century earthquake in the area and now manage a detective business, the J and K Agency.

While recovering from some recent injuries, Fremont worries about not hearing from her East Coast father. She learns that he is probably dying. Fremont wonders if her detested stepmother Augusta is involved with her dad's failing health. She arranges for her father to go to the hospital and accompanied by Michael, heads east to visit him. While in Boston, Fremont sees her dad rallying. He leaves the hospital only to die from a sudden heart attack. Fremont and Michael investigate Augusta's activities as they expect foul play occurred until someone kills the wicked stepmother.

Dianne Day is one of the better historical mysteries on the market today. Fremont is a great character struggling with gender discrimination in the first decade of the twentieth century. Her independence stamps her as unacceptably strange. BEACON STREET MOURNING is a thought-provoking tale that is an insightful social commentary as well as an in depth character study. Adding to the fun of this novel is that for the the first time in the series, the audience glimpses what drove Fremont to go west young lady. Fans will understand her demons and motives even as new readers search for previous tales in a fabulous series.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on June 25, 2002
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Fremont Jones and her partner return to her native city of Boston. Fremont's father is very ill and feared near death. Fremont suspects that her stepmother is behind his illness. She arranges for her father to enter the hospital and then for nurses to attend him and he seems to rally, until one night, he suddenly dies of a heart attack. Unbeknownst to her stepmother, Fremont has been left the bulk of her father's considerable estate which can only lead to more trouble.
This was a really quick read. The author takes you back to Philadelphia in the early 1900's. The story is very quick moving and the characters vivid. The mystery is not difficult, but no less interesting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This really is the best book in the series. I do so enjoy the Fremont Jones books and I was very sorry to hear that this is the last one. I just started the series at the beginning of the this year and I have read all of them at least twice. Beacon Street Mourning is a wonderful addition to this collection. Get them while you can!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By drdebs on January 21, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Those readers who love Fremont Jones mysteries because of the San Francisco setting might be a bit disappointed with this fifth book in the series because it is set in Fremont's home town, Boston. But, I suspect they won't be disappointed for long because this is one of the best (if not the best) crafted mysteries Day has written so far. The twists of the plot are much more compelling and I liked the way in which the book brought the Boston period of Fremont's life to a sad conclusion..
Despite its Boston setting the book does include Michael Archer, Fremont's partner and lover, but he appears infrequently in this book as Fremont Jones reconnects with her father, loses him tragically, and solves the mystery of his death. Fans of Day's earlier works will like this one, too, but if you are new to the series I suggest you begin at the beginning (The Strange Files of Fremont Jones) to fully understand the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. Konopka VINE VOICE on December 18, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Boston is one of my favorite cities, and I visit it as often as possible. I was, therefore, very pleased that Fremont Jones decided to return to her native city to visit her ailing father in this latest installment of an excellent series of mysteries. The city itself is almost a character in the plot, and the author has done her homework quite well, for she has the geography of the streets down very well (I know, for I've walked many of them). She even stays at the Parker House, an elegant hotel in Fremont's day, and still an imposing one, where my wife and I stopped for a drink and some snacks one Saturday afternoon two months ago. The plot of the mystery is quite straight forward, and is solved expeditiously by our heroine at the end, as usual. It's a bittersweet book, for Fremont loses her beloved father, but does manage to attain justice, of a sort, at the conclusion. I await anxiously the next installment of her adventures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara W. Klaser on February 6, 2005
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In Beacon Street Mourning, Fremont Jones, suspicious her ailing father is being neglected by his wife Augusta, returns to Boston to see him. Her father begins to improve, then suddenly dies. Fremont must solve what she believes to be murder by poison, while others, including his doctor, contend that her father died of natural causes. Did an old friend betray Fremont and her father? Did Augusta kill him thinking she would inherit?

I like Fremont's independent spirit. She's true to those special, courageous women of her time who proved to the world that women could be more than decorations. The characterization is superb, and though I'm no historian I believe Ms. Day kept this story true to the era. This is fine writing, in a well-crafted book, that I wanted to read slowly and savor. It was the first I've read of Dianne Day's work, and I have since returned to this author's work.
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