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YA. This light mystery with a gothic touch takes place in 1907 in the California seacoast towns of Monterey and Carmel. Intrepid typist Fremont Jones, who appeared in two previous books, has left San Francisco and taken a temporary job as a lighthouse keeper. She finds a body floating in the surf near her beach. The police seem uninterested in the woman's identity, and her body disappears from the local mortuary after the coroner rules that she was murdered. Later, Fremont is attacked by a masked rider as she travels through the fog-shrouded forest in her rig. Caught up in these baffling events, she decides to find out who the woman was and who killed her. Meanwhile Fremont's mysterious lover is living nearby in a colony of bohemian artists. His eccentric friends add much color and humor to the story, and eventually lead to the solution of the crime. Teens should enjoy this romantic mystery with its interesting historical setting.?Penny Stevens, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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A fiercely independent heroine of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake (see Fire and Fog, LJ 6/1/96), Fremont Jones follows her sort-of suitor, Michael Archer, to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Soon after accepting a job at the lighthouse, she discovers a dead woman and begins investigating. An attractive and involving historical.
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Product Details

  • Series: Fremont Jones
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline (March 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553574124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553574128
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on October 21, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As soon as her affairs were in order after the Great Earthquake, Fremont travels to Carmel to her friend Michael Archer and the cottage he rented for her in the bohemian artist colony. She arrives to find not Michael, but Misha Kosskoff, apparently his real name, and his lifestyle is as different as that name. She moves her business to a nearby community and takes temporary charge of the local lighthouse while the keeper is away. While on watch she sees the body of a woman wash up on the rocks of the light and sounds the alarm. The woman wears expensive and elaborate clothing, not the clothes of a transient, yet noone claims the body. Does she have any connection to Misha's new friends?
This is an intereting look into the bohemian lifestyle of the early 1900's. The writers and artists that flocked to Carmel were a colorful bunch as evidenced here. Michael becomes even more mysterious if that is possible and the murder is very difficult to solve. Great read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MLPlayfair on February 12, 2001
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This is the third in the series that began with "The Strange Files of Fremont Jones." And it's amazing! It does everything you want a mystery to do. It's even better than the first two of the series, which I would have thought were impossible to top. This hard-to-put-down book is a superb read. Fremont's and Michael's characters continue to evolve, as does their relationship. And the ancillary characters are so much fun! Dianne Day absolutely sets up a world of time and place and mood and drops us in it. This has instantly become one of my all-time favorite reads -- mystery or otherwise. I'm not kidding! More! More!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1998
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Dianne Day's literary concerns are about the nature of cultural change in the U.S. just after the turn of the century. The time of the sertting is significant -- the horse & buggy are about to give 'way to the motor car. Mirroring that is her protagonist, Fremont Jones', natural feminist sensibility --and way ahead of her time. Day is an entertaining writer, yes, but she uses the mystery genre to examine serious, major themes. She is among the very best contemporary novelists and deserves a wide audience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1997
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In the winter of 1907, Fremont Jones, like thousands of other survivors, is still feeling the aftershock of last year's devastating San Francisco earthquake. She makes up her mind to follow Michael Archer, a man she is attracted to, who has left the city for Carmel. When she reaches Michael's new abode, she finds her former Bay Area neighbor's personality has radically changed into that of a bohemian. With no ties left in San Francisco, Fremont decides to hang around Carmel for a while to try to understand Michael better. She accepts a job as a temporary lighthouse keeper and part time typist.

While on duty, she notices a body wash ashore. No one can identify the deceased, who was wearing a beautiful red dress. Fremont takes the death very personally and becomes determined to learn the dead person's name and insure that she receives a proper burial. She begins to question the nearby citizens in order to identify the victim. As she gets closer to learning the answer, Fremont has placed her own life in jeopardy from someone who wants more than a dead person buried, they desire the entire investigation to be interred with the victim.

The third appearance of Fremont Jones, like the previous two, is a great historical who-done-it that should thrill fans of the mystery genre. THE BOHEMIAN MURDERS is an interesting murder mystery because of the authentic feel of the period and the early twentieth century's most liberated lady, Ms. Jones. Readers who enjoy an entertaining novel set in a bygone era need to read all three Dianne Day's books which are great, great, and great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
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Bohemian Murders offers the best of Fremont Jones. The setting is beautiful - the dramatic coast of Carmel, Pacific Grove. I love the author's detail about what the area looked like at the turn of the century. How long it took to get from Pacific Grove to Carmel in a buggy going up the big hill is a reminder about technological changes - today you can get between the two towns in about 10 minutes! Fremont is making her way doing two jobs - lighthouse keeper and typist. Her daily exploits and the mystery that evolves are believable. I enjoyed her "companion's" bohemian phase and the friends he brought into the story. Her persistence in uncovering the mystery made sense and the facts were uncovered appropriately. The combination of the mystery and the atmosphere of Carmel and Pacific Grove at the time are blended masterfully.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2000
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I found the Bohemian Murders, the third in the Fremont Jones Mysteries, to be more intriguing than the last Fire & Fog. Although the atmosphere of San Franciso was delicious, I was glad for a change of scenery when Fremont moves her typing business to Carmel and finds herself frustrated with both a love interest who suddenly changes, and a mysterious body that washes ashore close to the lighthouse for which she is temporarily keeping watch.
I think Fremont grows up in this novel. Anyone who has been fascinated by the work of lighthouse keepers will love this book. It's the perfect setting for a mystery.
Day adds flavor to the Carmelites by introducing colorful characters all distinct in their 'bohemian' artistic ways. From the 'Twangy Boys' - Tom, Dick, and Harry, to artistic Artimisia, Day throws in so many wacky characters that the novel keeps you guessing to the end, about several things. . .
Truthfully, the real reason to pick this book up is the for the romantic tension between Michael and Fremont!
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