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Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
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it was amazing
bookshelves: five-star-books

Sleaze and sordidness behind the glitz and glamour of showbiz provides a decadent backdrop for this sexy historical whodunnit. Set amid the gaudy world of burlesque, gambling and prostitution in San Francisco's Chinatown during a heatwave and smallpox epidemic in the late 1870's, this is a story of lust, betrayal, murder and redemption that will keep the reader hooked from the very first page till the end.

Former circus performer Blanche Beunon is an exotic dancer who lures the crowds at the House of Mirrors, funding an indolent lifestyle for her lover Arthur and his resentful companion Ernest who are both former trapeze artists. She is content with her life that includes a love of booze and and a seedy sex life. When Blanche literally collides with Jenny Bonnet, a spirited young woman who catches frogs and is notorious for dressing in men's clothing their lives and those around them will never be the same again.

The story explores many issues including sexuality, exploitation, racism and the plight of institutionalised children. Frog Music is more than just historical crime fiction with a great twist. It will challenge the reader to look beyond the headlines to the stories that sit in the background and is certain to garner many new fans for the bestselling author. Filled with questionable characters that are based on real people Frog Music is a gripping yarn.

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Reading Progress

May 10, 2014 – Shelved
May 10, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
June 2, 2014 – Started Reading
June 2, 2014 –
page 25
June 4, 2014 –
page 59
June 4, 2014 –
page 159
June 6, 2014 –
page 212
June 7, 2014 –
page 272
June 8, 2014 –
page 317
June 10, 2014 – Finished Reading
June 11, 2014 – Shelved as: five-star-books

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Elaine Awesome review Michael. Now I know I definitely want to read it. Especially seeing that it's got so many different themes going on. Sounds like a really good read.

Michael Thank you Elaine. You will love it, i'm sure. :)

Lauren I cannot wait to read this book! Michael, have you read Slammerkin? Another amazing book by Emma Donoghue. Based on a real person, Mary Saunders.

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