Friday, August 02, 2013

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling

I will readily admit I first learned about the book when the news broke that J. K. Rowling was the author. That being said, I enjoy mysteries and the story sounded interesting, so I purchased and read it on my Kindle.

The Cuckoo's Calling is a traditional mystery. Cormoran Strike is a private investigator, former military intelligence, and his physical description may remind you a bit of Hagrid. His world has pretty much just fallen apart. He has no money, no cases, and just broke up with his girlfriend and subsequently his house. He definitely cannot afford to keep the temp that the service sent over. Robin thinks it's exciting to be working for a private eye, even if it isn't the real job her fiancee is wanting her to get.

The presumed suicide of a model gets brought to Strike by her brother. He can't accept that she committed suicide. The case proceeds more like a BBC mystery than a flashy, action-packed American one. We follow Strike as he interviews friends and family members and doggedly pursues any leads that pop up.

I really enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling. I had also read The Casual Vacancy, which was well-written, but I didn't enjoy it as much. The Cuckoo's Calling is a great mystery, there are twists and turns and it kept me guessing right up to the end.

I would definitely recommend the book, and I hoped the leak of the pseudonym doesn't keep Rowling from writing more Cormoran Strike.

I'm going to give The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, 4 stars.

As a side note, I couldn't help but think Cormoran Strike and Robin reminded me of what Hagrid and Hermoine might be doing if they were muggles. But, the thought wouldn't have occurred to me if I had read it before Rowling was outed.