Staff Review: Frog Music
San Francisco, summer of 1876: record-breaking heat and a smallpox epidemic have the inhabitants of the city on edge. Blanche Beunon, a French dove, is happy with her life as a burlesque dancer until she bumps into a mysterious stranger, Jenny Bonnet, who turns her world upside down in just a few short weeks. When Jenny, Blanche's only friend, is shot dead, Blanche must struggle to make sense of the events that have torn her world apart, while she tries to catch Jenny's killer before she too loses her life. Based on a real 1870s unsolved murder, Emma Donoghue's vivid writing pulls the reader into Blanche's world as she struggles to catch a killer, save her baby, and survive as her world falls apart around her.