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Death Train to Boston (Fremont Jones Mysteries) Hardcover – Sep 1999

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books (Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038548609X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385486095
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,249,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
After suffering several minor nuisances, the Southern Pacific Railroad hires the J&K Agency to uncover the identity of the vandals before they hurt a passenger or crew member. J&K Agency partners Fremont Jones and Michael "Archer" Kossoff catch the Chicago-bound train in San Francisco. On the train, the lovers pretend to meet for the first on the train and to flirt with one another. However, the vandals devastate the plan when they blow up a railroad bridge east of Salt Lake City that derails the train, killing many and severely injuring numerous other people. Michael suffers a broken collar bone and the shock that Fremont has vanished without a trace.
Melancthon Pratt rescues Fremont, who suffers a severe head trauma and two broken legs. However, the pious Mormon also abducts his patient because he decides she will become wife number six. As Fremont tries to figure out how to escape, Michael desperately searches for her even as Melancthon plans their wedding.
DEATH TRAIN TO BOSTON is a refreshing Fremont Jones historical mystery that will send readers searching for the previous best selling novels. The story line is interesting as the chapters alternate between what is happening to Fremont and Michael's frantic quest to find her. A lesser talent than the delightful Dianne Day would leave readers totally confused, but the awesome author turns the book into two rotating subplots that cleverly tie back into a fabulous story. Though already the fifth story in this series, Fremont and Michael retain their originality. The secondary players, especially Melancthon and his spouses provide readers with a feel for the era. Fans of historical mystery will want to catch this entertaining tale.

Harriet Klausner
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not Quite as Good as the Previous Fremont Jones Mysteries 9 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of the books in the Fremont Jones series. I was a little disappointed in "Death Train to Boston", mostly due to the change in writing style. Without giving too much away, Fremont is injured in a train wreck at the onset of the book ~ this results in her character being very passive throughout the story. I prefer the previous novels where Fremont has a more active role. Also, the book constantly flips back and forth from Fremont to Michael, which keeps you reading but can be frustrating. Just when something interesting is about to happen, the action flips to the other character. The good side of this, however, is that the reader gets to see more into Michael's feelings for Fremont.
Overall a very good book, and definitely worth reading. It's just not up to speed with the previous novels in the series.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A worthy continuation in an interesting series. 29 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
One of the things that makes the Fremont Jones mysteries so interesting is that the characters are constantly evolving. Another is that the locations often change as well; thus, we're spared the routine similarities between novels in other series. In this, the fifth installment, Fremont and her partner/lover Michael are seperated by an explosion on board a train, while on a case. Fremont is kidnapped by a menacing Mormon intent on making her the sixth of his wives. With both legs broken by the explosion, she must resort to her wiles and powers of persuasion to escape from his clutches. We are back in Study In Scarlet country here. Meanwhile, Michael Kassoff searches desperately for Fremont, while simultaneously eluding an old enemy, and trying to determine who is so deter- mined to kill them that he'd blow up an entire train. Also, he must put up with the wiles of Fremont's friend, Meiling, who has her undergone a few changes of her own. Great fun, as are all the Fremont Jones myste- ries. This is a worthy continuation in an inter- esting series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Little Mystery that Couldn't 19 July 2004
By L. L. Daugherty - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have enjoyed Ms. Day's Fremont Jones mysteries. They are a bit anachronistic, a bit light on real mystery but still very enjoyable reads. However Death Train to Boston was certainly the worst of the series, so far (am reading Beacon Street Mourning now and even 30 pages in it is a better book).
There was no mystery to this mystery; it was simply a chronicle of Fremont and Michael trying to get back together after a horrific train accident. There was certainly no mystery where the religious fanatic was concerned. I rather hoped he would involved in the sabotage of the S&P that Fremont and Michael were investigating or attached to some other nefarious scheme but I was disappointed. There was no investigation of the sabotage whatsoever, just some half-baked thoughts Michael offered the readers. While finding the woman he loves was very important, if he thought there was some sort of connection shouldn't he have been doing some snooping to confirm or deny that connection rather than hand wringing and grumphing? Please do not get me started on throwing in the bad guy in the last 30 pages with no support as to WHY he was sabotaging the S&P since it was made clear to the reader J&K were called in secretly. Harrumph!
Ms. Day fell into a very nasty habit of repeating herself when it came to emphasizing a character's feelings or thoughts; sometimes four or five paragraph's worth of repetition. The action, such as it was, neither moved the plot along nor provided closure to any portion of that very thin plot. The plot thrashed about with internal discussions and chit chat. Mysteries are action based not character based, Elizabeth George aside, and Ms. Day seems to have forgotten that very important point - she had a good handle on it in her previous books.
There were so many chances to introduce any number of subplots; i.e. Meiling Li's transformation beyond what we were told rather than shown, the S&P sabotage plot, a possible romantic flirtation between Meiling and Michael (I can hear fans muttering angrily already), a chance for a San Francisco case Wish was handling to be tied to all this, the possibility of Melancthon Pratt being far more treachorous and cunning than a mediocre stock heavy, the heavy-handed introduction of Hilliard Ramsey could have signalled so many future possibilities for stories.... do I need to go on?
We are served up something that reads more like poorly edited journal entries than a story. Editors are getting lazier and lazier when they allow this sort of drivel to be published when even a casual reader of Ms. Day's work can see that she has written stories with far more craft and style than this book.
Very, very disappointed in this entry in the series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
For die-hard Fremont fans only. 29 May 2000
By Sharon Wylie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is a western, not a mystery. It tries to be a mystery, but it relies too heavily on events that happened earlier in the series. In other words, if you haven't read the rest of the series, you have no chance to solve this one and probably won't care enough to try.
Fremont's captivity is disturbing and dull, and I am not interested enough in the supporting characters to enjoy an entire book with them at center stage. Everyone seems to act out of character in this book, and it doesn't help that none of them are quite in step with the time period either. How could it have taken so long for women to get the vote with so many bold adventuresses on the loose?
I loved the first two books in this series, but was disappointed in the last one and EXTREMELY disappointed in this one. Dianne Day may have only one chance left with this reader.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Worst in series 4 April 2005
By Lisa Mary - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I LOVED the first two Fremont Jones mysteries, the third was okay, the forth was not so good, but this one... AWFUL. Unreadable. I'm so surprised that after such a strong start to the series, we get this bomb. Day writes from alternating points of view, which is not as charming as her usual first person Fremont perspective. Also, didn't like the way she portrayed the Mormon faith. It seemed like she had an ax to grind... I say, send Fremont back to San Fran and keep it simple and rich in detail about the history of the city. This is where both author and character thrive.
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