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Emma Donoghue’s explosive new novel, based on an unsolved murder.

Summer of 1876. San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead.

The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny’s murderer to justice—if he doesn’t track her down first.

The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It’s the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.

In thrilling, cinematic style, Frog Music digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue’s lyrical tale of love and bloodshed captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting literary thriller.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Donoghue’s first literary crime novel is a departure from her bestselling Room, but it’s just as dark and just as gripping…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 (starred review)

  • “Donoghue’s evocative language invades the senses with the sights and smells of Chinatown, the frying food, boisterous saloons, even the sickrooms of victims of the smallpox epidemic. Readers won’t quickly forget this rollicking, fast-paced novel, which is based on a true story and displays fine bits of humor with underlying themes of female autonomy and the right to own one’s sexual identity.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Donoghue flawlessly combines literary eloquence and vigorous plotting in her first full-fledged mystery, a work as original and multifaceted as its young murder victim…Most of her seedy, damaged characters really lived, and she not only posits a clever solution to a historical crime that was never adequately solved but also crafts around Blanche and Jenny an engrossing and suspenseful tale about moral growth, unlikely friendship, and breaking free from the past.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Khristine Hvam’s broad range of accents and beautifully expressive performance give this audiobook a dimension not found in print. Especially impressive is how naturally Hvam slips into song, giving listeners an extra connection with the novel. Hvam’s theatrical training is evident in her skillful rendering of the characters’ personalities and emotions.”


  • “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. More fine work from one of popular fiction’s most talented practitioners.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, March 2014
  • A 2014 Library Journal Editor’s Pick
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, April 2014
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2014
  • An April 2014 LibraryReads Pick
  • A 2015 Stonewall Honor Book
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