Review: Frog Music, by Emma Donoghue

This novel is totally different from the other novel, Room, which I read by this author. Frog Music is set in 1876 San Francisco during an extended heat wave and smallpox epidemic. The events are based on the real life unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet. The story is told from the viewpoint of Blanche Beunon, a young exotic dancer who came with her lover Arthur Deneve from France, where they had both been circus performers. Jenny, the murder victim, dresses in men’s clothing at a time when this was a crime and rides around on a high wheel bicycle. She catches frogs for restaurants for a living and befriends Blanche after knocking her down with her bicycle. This accident sets the plot in motion leading to Jenny’s murder and Blanche’s efforts to find the culprit. I listened to the book on CD and the narrator, Khristine Hvam was excellent.

RATING: * * * A good read

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