The third in the Fremont Jones mystery series. The first two books take place in San Francisco, with beautiful description of the city and cuture of the era. This one takes an abrupt turn, sending our heroine to Carmel amongst artists and poets. There, Fremont's typwriting business takes a backseat to her running a lighthouse, arguing with her boyfriend (who has suddenly changed his name and turned 'bohemian') and trying to find the identity of a woman whose body has washed up on the shore. Little, if any description is given to the beautiful Monterey coast setting.
I found myself asking the question 'WHY?' alot. Why does Fremont feel the need to solve this murder by herself? Why is the sheriff's office not involved? Why does she stay in the lighthouse? Why does she not return to San Francisco and her successful business? Why does she keep stopping by the boyfriends house and getting angry? It seemed like the author and editors left gaping holes into the motives of our main character, and left me not caring about the events in the novel. While the first two books showed decent character development, this one was a waste. The conclusion was weak, and I did not empathize with Fremont or her boyfriend. 2 stars.
3rd installment in files of Fremont Jones. Fremont has left San Francisco in the wake of the Great Earthquake but refuses to stay in Carmel with lover Michael, who has become one of the artsy Bohemian colony in Carmel. Her new job as a temporary lighthouse keeper still brings her into contact with dead bodies and interesting manuscripts to be typed. Very nice conclusion to book but happily not to the series, of which there are 6 at this writing.
Good mystery. Excellent portrayal of turn of the 19th century California near San Francisco.