Six Degrees of Separation: What I Loved to The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective

Hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest, on the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form Six Degrees of Separation. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.

This month the chain begins with What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt. I’m not at all familiar with this novel or the author, but her biography tells me she has strong ties to Norway, so that is going to be where I start.

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The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is a novel set during the 17th century which begins as a freak midwinter storm hits Vardø, Norway’s north-easternmost point. A captivating novel about love, fear, obsession, and evil, The Mercies is inspired by historical witch trials.

As is the The Darkest Shore. Author Karen Brooks seamlessly blends historical detail with informed imagination to create a spellbinding story that explores the true events that occurred in Pittenweem, Scotland during the early 1800’s, where seven women (and one man) were imprisoned and tortured after being accused of witchcraft.

Veronica McCreedy isn’t a witch, she simply an elderly, eccentric and wealthy woman who travels from her home in Scotland to Antarctica to spend time among Adelie penguins, despite not being welcome. Away With the Penguins by Hazel Prior is an entertaining and uplifting story.

 

 

 

 

Heatstroke is a tense, atmospheric novel from Hazel Barkworth about mothers and daughters, desire and obsession, trust and betrayal. It begins when the best friend of Rachel’s fifteen year old daughter, Mia, disappears, but this is not really a story about the missing Lily, it is about what Rachel feels she is losing…. her daughter, her youth, her attractiveness, and perhaps her mind.

In Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy, the protagonist, Maud, really is losing her mind. The eighty two year old mother and grandmother suffers from progressive dementia and when her closest friend disappears from her life she grows obsessed with finding her. I found this to be a clever and engrossing read.

From an amateur investigator to a professional, Maud West was a real life ‘lady detective’ in London during the early 20th century. Susannah Stapleton’s biography, The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets & Lies in the Golden Age of Crime, details her exploits and reveals a complex woman, perhaps more elusive than the most slippery private eye’s quarry.

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Next month the Six Degrees of Separation meme will begin with How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Theresa Smith Writes
    Jul 05, 2020 @ 12:20:49

    You did well with this! I had no idea about where to go with it so just opted to give it a miss. But I loved your first two links, 5 star reads for me.

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  2. Kathryn
    Jul 05, 2020 @ 15:17:42

    Ah yes I am waiting for the Hazel Prior book from the library.

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  3. Marg
    Jul 05, 2020 @ 17:52:46

    I had both Norway and Scotland in my chain too, but in totally different ways to you!

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  4. Davida Chazan
    Jul 05, 2020 @ 19:50:14

    I like this chain – lots of different types of connections. Nicely done! (I’m already working on August and it isn’t as easy as it seems!)

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  5. Helen
    Jul 06, 2020 @ 03:23:05

    Great chain. I enjoyed The Mercies and The Darkest Shore sounds like an interesting book too.

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  7. Jen G. (Introverted Reader)
    Jul 06, 2020 @ 06:17:00

    I haven’t seen this challenge but it sounds like a lot of fun–and work! I just gave up How to Do Nothing, the book you mentioned as next month’s starting point. Your chain is very creative! Good job!

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  8. Athira
    Jul 06, 2020 @ 13:08:25

    This month’s book is new-to-me as well, so it’s going to be interesting making a chain this time. I think I can already think of books 1 and 2 for my chain, so we’ll see where it goes from there.

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  9. BookerTalk
    Jul 08, 2020 @ 07:10:02

    Well you take the prize for the most unusual chain. I loved how you got from penguins to mother/daughter relationships!

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  10. Kate W
    Jul 12, 2020 @ 18:06:58

    The Darkest Shore looks interesting (I happen to be reading The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld at the moment, which makes reference to Scotland’s witchcraft history).

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