I'm here with Six Degrees of Separation, a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. She chooses a book as a starting point and then links to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the one next to it in the chain.
The starting book of this month's chain is by George Saunders, a story that has been getting lots of press in the last year - Lincoln in the Bardo.
I have not read this book and have heard mixed reactions to it. Will I read it? Perhaps, but no plans to do so right now. Lincoln in the Bardo takes place in the year 1862 and concerns the death of Lincoln's son, Willie, and some odd things that happen after his death.
We'll remain in the year 1862 and note that the American Civil War is still part of our next book. My next link is to The Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini. This is the 17th book in this author's loosely connected series set mostly in Pennsylvania and featuring women who quilt and their stories woven through historical events. I have read all the books in this series and enjoyed them very much. This author has done a lot of research and included great stories, as well as quilting lore.
For the next link, I'm going to stay with quilting. Arlene Sachitano writes a series about the Loose Threads, a quilting group that solves mysteries. Harriet Truman is the main character and she lives in Foggy Point, Washington. Quilt As You Go is the 3rd book in the series that now has 10 entries. It concerns a mystery at a Civil War reenactment. One of the participants goes down in 'battle' and doesn't get up. I've read several books in this series, including this one.
I've selected the Pacific Northwest as the next link in our chain. The book is Slayed on the Slopes and the author is Kate Dyer-Seeley. Her mystery series concerns Meg Reed who writes for an extreme sports magazine - though Meg herself is not at all an athlete or a fan of extreme sports. She needed a job though and Northwest Extreme needed a writer who would also try out the sport of the month. In this 2nd book, Meg is at the top of Mount Hood, high in the Cascade Mountains. Her assignment is to write about the Ridge Rangers, Oregon's elite high-altitude rescue team and their winter training. And, of course, there is a body. I've only read the 1st book in the series, which now has 5 total.
Kate Dyer-Seeley lives and works in the Portland area. She also writes another mystery series under the name Ellie Alexander. Therefore, the next link is same author/different series. In these books, Juliet Capshaw returns to her hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to help out at the family bakery - Torte. These are the Bakeshop mysteries. Till Death Do Us Tart is the 8th book and it will be published this summer. It concerns a surprise Elizabethan-themed wedding, a poisoned cup of wine, and a body, of course. I have not yet read any of these books, but look forward to some 'tasty' crimes.
I have, on the other hand, read several of Jenn McKinlay's delectable Cupcake Bakery mysteries. The link here is another baking mystery series, this one also concerns a wedding. Did you know that cupcakes are very popular at weddings these days - in the place of big wedding cakes? My daughter makes cupcakes and has provided them for several of her friends at their weddings. Yummy! Wedding Cake Crumble is the 10th book in this series, coming out in April. Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura own Fairy Tale Cupcakes in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. Angie is about to be married, but several of the people she has hired to help out have turned up dead. Bodies, again! And cupcakes!
The last link I have is a series also set in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. Betty Webb is a former journalist who writes the Lena Jones mysteries. Lena owns Desert Investigations with her partner, Jimmy Sisiwan, a member of the Pima tribe. Lena's growing up years were quite grim and she has a personal mystery to solve as well. Desert Noir is the 1st book in this series, which is up to 9 books now. A very interesting protagonist and some great stories. Definitely not a cozy mystery series - be warned. Ha!
We're at the end of this month's chain - from Lincoln and the year 1862 to Quilting to the Pacific Northwest to same author/different series to bakery cozy mysteries to Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. We've run the gamut from gentle books to not-so-gentle tales. This was again fun for me and I enjoy highlighting some great series. I'll look forward to next month's Six Degrees (March 3rd), when our starting place is The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf.