Released on 27 March 2014.

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Frog Music

3.14 based on 17634 ratings & 2853 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

San Francisco, 1876: a stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City.

Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest.

When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead.

Inspired by true events, Frog Music, by Emma Donoghue, author of the award-winning Room, is an evocative novel of intrigue and murder: elegant, erotic and witty.

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Donoghue's first literary crime novel is a departure from her bestselling Room, but it's just as dark and just as gripping as the latter . . . Aside from the obvious whodunit factor, the book is filled with period song lyrics and other historic details, expertly researched and flushed out . . . Donoghue's signature talent for setting tone and mood elevates the book from common cliffhanger to a true chef d'oeuvre.
Publishers Weekly
The novel is brilliant as historical fiction and crime thriller... it succeeds best when showing the everyday things that don't change with time
Independent on Sunday
More fine work from one of popular fiction's most talented practitioners . . . Donoghue's vivid rendering of Gilded Age San Francisco is notable for her atmospheric use of popular songs and slang in Blanche's native French, but the book's emotional punch comes from its portrait of a woman growing into self-respect as she takes responsibility for the infant life she's created.
Kirkus Reviews