I expected this boring-looking paperback to slip nicely into the SLM category. It technically did, but I loved it. The distinguishing feature of this story was the main character–a woman named Fremont Jones. The tale takes place in the late 1800’s when California was just ending it’s gold rush era and San Francisco was a big immigrant town. Fremont flees her father’s house in Boston when she gets wind she will be forced to marry her stepmother’s cousin. She changes her name to Fremont Jones as a tribute to her dead mother, and opens a business in the heart of San Francisco. Her business is typing–not many people were able to type at that time, and Fremont took dictation for letters and typed handwritten notes. One letter involved a murder, and she is quickly sucked into the investigation that nearly leads to a love affair and death. A fantastic tale. I think a great character can really make a book.