Six Degrees of Separation: Sanditon to Northanger Abbey


This month Six Degrees of Separation begins with Sanditon, Jane Austen’s unfinished novel. It has been published posthumously both incomplete, and has been ‘completed’ by several different authors over the years.

My thoughts immediately jumped to another author whose work was continued after his death, and coincidentally shares a surname with several of the characters in Sanditon –Robert B. Parker. Parker is best known for his popular series featuring Spenser, an ex-boxer, ex-state cop turned private eye, in Boston, Massachusetts. I read quite a few books in the series in my pre-blogging days.

Ace Atkins is the author who finished Parker’s incomplete novel, and has continued the Spenser series since 2011. I’m also a fan of Atkins contemporary western series featuring Quinn Colson, a former ranger turned Sheriff in rural Mississippi.

And because I just finished it, I feel compelled to link to Emma Viskic’s series featuring Caleb Zelic, a deaf security consultant. Book number three is Darkness for Light, and one of the characters with a major role in the plot is named Quinn.

I may as well stay with the genre and link to Present Darkness by Malla Nunn. It’s the fourth book in her excellent series set during the 1950’s in apartheid ruled South Africa, featuring Detective Emmanuel Cooper.

South Africa is also the setting for T.M. Clark’s newest release, Cry of the Firebird. A crime thriller which sees WHO consultant Dr Lily Winters caught up web of corruption, greed, and revenge.

Val McDermid is an international best seller of crime fiction, but you may not be aware that she has also written an updated take on Austen’s classic novel, Northanger Abbey. Opinion is divided on its success, but it neatly brings me full circle for this month’s chain.


Join in by posting your own six degrees chain on your blog and adding the link in the Linky section (or comments) of each month’s post at booksaremyfavouriteandbest. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your chain in the comments section. You can also check out links to posts on Twitter using the hashtag #6Degrees

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Theresa Smith Writes
    Dec 08, 2019 @ 10:41:24

    I’m reading Cry of the Firebird presently.
    Awesome chain! I love this meme, so glad I jumped aboard.

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  2. Yvonne
    Dec 08, 2019 @ 11:06:16

    An interesting bit of information about Val McDermid. Great crime chain!

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  3. whisperinggums
    Dec 08, 2019 @ 13:49:21

    Haha Shelleyrae… Well done for finishing on Austen!

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  4. Davida Chazan
    Dec 08, 2019 @ 16:56:23

    Another interesting chain! I love this monthly meme!

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  5. Kate W
    Dec 08, 2019 @ 19:09:51

    I haven’t read the McDermid version of Northanger Abbey but did read the Curtis Sittenfeld take of P&P which was part of the same series of retellings (and I also have S&S by Joanna Trollope) – I loved the Sittenfeld book even though I am generally wary of retellings.

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  7. MarinaSofia
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 05:26:40

    A criminally good chain this month and what a way to finish with the updated Northanger Abbey!



  8. Helen
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 07:43:51

    Great chain – I love the way you brought it full circle with Northanger Abbey!

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  9. hopewellslibraryoflife
    Dec 11, 2019 @ 03:18:43

    Good work! I want to read all those South African ones!

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