Six Degrees of Separation – June 2018 – from The Tipping Point to H is for Hawk

I spotted this meme on the outstanding blogs of Susan at A Life in Books and Marina at Finding Time to Write. If you haven’t visited their blogs I’d recommend you do for insightful reviews, bookish observations and original poetry. The meme was created by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best.

From what I can gather each month starts from a different book and the aim is to move from the initial book to the sixth book with one link from the previous title. The books don’t have to be linked to each other, just the one before.

This month’s starter is The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. I’ve never read this but the book discusses when things reach a point where trends, ideas and behaviour reach that tipping point and spread. The tag line is How little things can make a big difference. I’ve borrowed a few of these words to link to the next book.

Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty is yet another book I’ve not read. In it three mothers appear to have it all, but appearances can be deceptive. Moriarty is a name that may ring a bell as the nemesis of a certain private detective.

The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, features the 12 final stories to feature the eponymous Holmes. Conan Doyle was friends with many authors and when one of them famously disappeared in 1926 he took one of her gloves to a spiritualist in the hope of finding out where she was. Agatha Christie was found after 11 days, in a hotel in Harrogate now known as the Old Swan.

The ABC Murders. Agatha Christie is a household name around the world. One of her most famous books, featuring a serial killer leaving ABC railway guides at murder scenes is a classic of the genre.

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton is the first book in the alphabet series, featuring PI Kinsey Milhone. Sadly due to the death of author Sue Grafton, the series will end at Y.

Another PI and one of the most recognisable incarnations features in The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. Sam Spade is on the trail of a murder and a jewel-encrusted bird after being lured into a case by the treacherous Brigid O’Shaughnessy.

On a completely different tangent Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk. Helen was determined as a child to become a falconer. Years later when she is crippled by grief at the loss of her father she buys a goshawk called Mabel. Through training Mabel, Helen learns to tackle her grief.

So there we have it, from trends to birds of prey in six unbelievably tenuous links. Where would your links take you?


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Pleased to see Sherlock and Hercule in there – two of my favourites!

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    1. janetemson says:

      Of course. There were many PI’s showing up in that set!

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  2. Smart set of links, Janet. I particularly like the Moriarty connection.

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    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks Susan. I was due a flash of inspiration 🙂


  3. Kate W says:

    Love your first link!
    Thanks for joining in.

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    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks Kate, I thought it perhaps a jump too far but it was the first thing I thought of so went with it. I always find this a fun post. Looking forward to next month’s 🙂

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      1. Kate W says:

        I reckon always go with your first thought, otherwise you end up overthinking it.

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    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks Jessica. It was fun as always 🙂

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