6 Degrees of Separation: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

The 6 Degrees of Separation meme is a monthly meme hosted at booksaremyfavoriteandbest, that explores the ways in which a chosen book can be linked to six other books.

The January 2018 Book is: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith 

My chain this month includes books featuring female detectives, 1920’s icons, dances, and depictions of alcoholism.

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Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher #1) by Kerry Greenwood

My personal favorite lady detective is none other than the Honorable Phryne Fisher. The glamorous, playful, and rebellious detective is first introduced in Cocaine Blues. I haven’t read any of the books, but I have seen each episode of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries at least twice.

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Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell

Miss Fisher may be a fictional 1920’s woman, but there are plenty of real life figures who shared some of her personality traits and who led extraordinary lives. I have a copy of Flappers waiting on my bookshelf and I can’t wait to learn more about these six remarkable women.

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Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald

One of the flappers featured is none other than Zelda Fitzgerald. I am incredibly interested in reading Zelda’s own novel, Save Me the Waltz. It’s about time I read her take on the era and on some of the events described in her husband’s works.

 

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Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann

A novel with “Waltz” in the title that I have read, and one that I absolutely adore is Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann. This Virago Modern Classic is a charming coming-of-age story in which seventeen-year-old Olivia Curtis attends her first dance. She is a heroine who has found a permanent place in my heart, much like…

 

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Francie Nolan from another coming-out-age modern classic,  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I’m overdue on a read of this book that makes me smile and breaks my heart. Francie’s relationship with her loving, charismatic, and alcoholic father is especially moving.

 

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

Another classic that honestly addresses alcoholism is Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. It’s a compelling feminist novel that was incredibly ahead of its time, and one that deserves much more recognition than it often receives.

 

Where did your #6degrees chain lead this month?

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