6 Degrees of Separation: Shopgirl

June 3, 2017 | 10 comments


6 Degrees of Separation is a book meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favorite and Best. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

The starting book this month is Steve Martin’s Shopgirl. I have not read it, nor I have seen the film based on it, because Steve Martin is one of the few actors I absolutely cannot stand.

Another actor I cannot stand is Rowan Atkinson, and that is why (in spite of my love for detective stories) I have not seen any of the made for TV movies about French police detective Jules Maigret, which are based on Georges Simonen’s book series, starting with Pietr the Latvian from 1931.

Henri Bencolin is another fictional French police detective, first introduced in 1930 in It Walks by Night by John Dickson Carr. It Walks by Night is a classical locked-room mystery, in which a murder occurs in a closely guarded room in a Paris gambling house.

The most recent book I read that was set in Paris is Murder on Champ de Mars by Cara Black. It is about a female private investigator (and single mother) named Aimée Leduc, who investigates a case with ties to an old unsolved murder and to Aimée’s father. I thought too much of the book was spent focusing on Aimée’s personal life, and I did not like her at all as a character (so it is safe to say that I will not be reading any other books from the series).

Forensic archeologist (and amateur sleuth) Ruth Galloway is the main character in a British crime series by Elly Griffiths. Like Aimée Leduc, Ruth is also a single mother, and her personal life is an important part of the books. I do, however, not mind this because the series is so well written, and I cannot wait to read the ninth book, The Chalk Pit, which was published earlier this year.

The Fourth Victim is the ninth book in Mari Jungstedt’s series about police inspector Anders Knutas on Gotland island in Sweden. I finished the series earlier this year, but I hope more books will be added to it soon.

Sov du lilla videung is the fourth, and at the moment last, book in Cilla & Rolf Börjlind’s crime series about police student Olivia Rönning and former police detective Tom Stilton, set in Stockholm, Sweden. It has not yet been published in English, but the first three books in the series have been, and I take every opportunity to recommend them to everyone who enjoy reading Scandinavian crime novels.

This time, my chain took me from Shopgirl, a book I definitely won’t be reading, to Sov du lilla videung, a book at the top of my TBR list.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Shopgirl, where will you end up? Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to read the rules and see who else made a chain this month.