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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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?