Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Cormoran Strike is having some serious troubles with his girlfriend, with paying back his debts and with life in general. But when a wealthy lawyer walks into his office asking him to solve the murder of his famous supermodel sister, he becomes embroiled in a case where everyone has something to hide. Because although the police have already determined that her death was a suicide, something tells Strike there is more to it than that.

How easy it was to capitalize on a person’s own bent for self-destruction; how simple to nudge them into non-being, then to stand back and shrug and agree that it had been the inevitable result of a chaotic, catastrophic life.

I picked this up after I learned who the real author was under the pseudonym.  Of course I did. I tried her Casual Vacancy but literary novels are not my thing.  But mysteries are. It was really good, long but good. I enjoyed it. Rowling can certainly write and certainly world-build. She also creates great characters like Cormoran Strike, the main character and detective in this novel. He is flawed but a good person and a very thorough detective. I liked him. And his temporary assistant Robin was also a great character though she needed more fleshing out.

Overall the mystery was very well done and the ending was a surprise. Though there was a part that I guess was hinted at but still felt like it came out of nowhere. I'm happy that there is another book planned because I liked Cormoran and his methodical detective work and his life story and I'd like to see it explored more rather than doled out in bits and pieces.


  1. This book sounds like an amazing mystery. I have been wanting
    to read it. I enjoy reading mostly mysteries.

    Ann@Blogging E-books

  2. I tried this on audio and I ended up feeling like the lead in was slow. Did you find the beginning slow or was that just me?

    1. The lead-in was a bit slow. And it is not a fast paced book. I don't know how I'd like the audio. This seems like something you have to read at your own pace and not one dictated by an audiobook if you know what I mean.

  3. I am glad you liked it. I think it is definitely more popular than The Casual Vacancy. I wish she'd write more books for kids though. I think that is her true gift.


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