6 Degrees of Separation: My Brilliant Friend

March 5, 2016 | 4 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.

Like most months, the starting book is one I haven’t read – My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. It is the first of the four Neapolitan Novels, and follows the lives of two friends, Elena and Laila, in Naples.

These Dark Things by Jan Merete Weiss is first in the Captain Natalia Monte series, which is also set in Naples. In the first book, Captain Monte investigates a case where a beautiful college student is found murdered in the catacombs beneath a monastary.

In P.D. James’ Death In Holy Orders, the body of a student at a small theological college is found buried on the beach. The student’s father demands that Scotland Yard handles the case, and Detective Adam Dalgliesh is sent there to investigate. Dagliesh has a personal connection to the school, having spent many summers there as a child.

Another book where there is a personal connection is Well-Schooled in Murder by Elizabeth George. Inspector Thomas Lynley is called to investigate a case at a prestigious public school where a 13 year old student have gone missing, and the student’s housemaster is an old school aquintance of Lynley. BBC did a series called The Inspector Lynley Mysteries based on the book series.

BBC also did a series called Case Histories, based on the Jackson Brodie books by Kate Atkinson. In the first book of the series, Case Histories, private investigator Brodie is looking into three old cases that turn out to be connected.

Münster’s Case by Håkan Nesser is the sixth book in the Inspector Van Veeteren series. It starts with four friends who win the lottery, and one of them is found stabbed to death the next day. Rather than Chief Inspector Van Veeteren investigating the case, his right-hand man Intendent Münster and his colleague Ewa Moreno are in charge of the investigation. The book is set in a fictitious city called Maardam, located somewhere in northern Europe (in a country that appears to be a mix of Sweden, Poland, Germany, and the Netherlands).

Stephen King’s Under the Dome is set in the fictional town Chester’s Mill, located somewhere in Maine. This is the third time Under the Dome has made it into one of my 6 Degrees of Separation chains, and the second time it is the ending book. All roads lead to Chester’s Mill?


This time, my chain took me (once again) from a book I haven’t read to Under the Dome.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with My Brilliant Friend, 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.