#6Degrees of Separation: From What Are You Going Through to A Woman Made of Snow

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It’s the first Saturday of the month which means it’s time for 6 Degrees of Separation!

Here’s how it works: a book is chosen as a starting point by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.

Kate says: Books can be linked in obvious ways – for example, books by the same authors, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal or esoteric ways: books you read on the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge. Join in by posting your own six degrees chain on your blog and adding the link in the comments section of each month’s post.   You can also check out links to posts on Twitter using the hashtag #6Degrees.

This month’s starting book is What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez. Once again, it’s a book I haven’t read so for my first link I’m going to another book by the same author, The Friend – which I also haven’t read!  However, I understand it’s a story about how a bond forms between a woman and a dog.

This leads me to a book I actually have read – The Writer’s Cats by Muriel Barbery – a charming illustrated book in which the author reveals just how crucial a role her cats play in her writing.

My next link is the book that first introduced me to the work of Muriel Barbery, A Single Rose. In the book, Rose travels to Kyoto for the reading of the will of the Japanese father she never knew.

In Connectedness by Sandra Danby, an established artist asks a journalist to find the baby she gave away when she was an art student.

Staying on the theme of missing relatives, in The Vanished Child by M. J. Lee a genealogical investigator attempts to discover what happened to an illegitimate child given up for adoption many years before.

The final book in my chain is A Woman Made of Snow by Elisabeth Gifford in which a woman tries to discover the identity of her husband’s grandmother, a woman who seems to have been erased from the family’s history.

My chain has involved bonds formed and bonds broken. Where did your chain take you?

#BookReview A Memory for Murder (Selma Falck, 3) by Anne Holt @CorvusBooks @ReadersFirst1

A Memory for MurderAbout the Book

When former high-powered lawyer turned PI Selma Falck is shot and her oldest friend, a junior MP, is killed in a sniper attack, everyone – including the police – assume that Selma was the prime target.

But when two other people with connections to the MP are also found murdered, it becomes clear that there is a wider conspiracy at play.

As Selma sets out to avenge her friend’s death, and discover the truth behind the conspiracy, her own life is threatened once again. Only this time, the danger may be closer to home than she could possibly have realised…

Format: Hardcover (432 pages)           Publisher: Corvus
Publication date: 4th November 2021 Genre: Crime, Literature in Translation

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My Review

A Memory For Murder (translated from the Norwegian by Anne Bruce) is the first book I’ve read by Anne Holt but, on the strength of this one, it certainly won’t be the last!  Although it’s the third in the author’s Selma Falck series, I didn’t feel at a disadvantage from not having read the previous books. True, there are a few references to events in the earlier books (A Grave For Two and A Necessary Death) but if anything it made me even keener to read them at some point.

I really enjoyed getting to know Selma Falck, even if she’s described as being ‘seldom completely herself’. A former lawyer turned private investigator, she’s also been variously a world class handball player, a social media star and a (mostly reformed) gambling addict. She’s also a grandmother eager to be allowed a closer relationship with her grandson, and that forms a key part of her motivation for finding out exactly who was the target of the sniper attack – her or her friend? – who was responsible and why they did it.

Safe to say, there are plenty of twists and turns in a plot which encompasses stalking, government malpractice, contingency planning, adoption, child welfare policy, investigative journalism and much, much more.  It might seem too many topics to cram into one book and still keep the plot moving along and the reader engaged, but Anne Holt manages it – and how! Frequently introducing new characters and different points of view shouldn’t work either, but it does; it’s just more people to either suspect or wonder how they fit into the story. Oh, and never has a round object or an emoji etched in dust been more chilling.

I thought A Memory For Murder was terrific and I simply raced through the pages, admiring the way the author brought all the different threads together to reveal a final picture that’s a good deal darker than you might have expected.

I received an advance review copy courtesy of Corvus and Readers First.

In three words: Gripping, clever, suspenseful

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Anne HoltAbout the Author

Anne Holt is Norway’s bestselling female crime writer. She spent two years working for the Oslo Police Department before founding her own law firm and serving as Norway’s Minster for Justice between 1996 and 1997. She is published in 30 languages with over 7 million copies of her books sold. (Photo/bio credit: Publisher author page)

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