The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)
(Mulholland Books, 2013, 455 pages)
Cormoran Strike is a private investigator down on his luck. He just broke things off again with his fiancée and is living in his office that he is about to lose due to his lack of client income. But when the brother of Lula Landry, a famous model who’s death was ruled a suicide three months ago, hires Strike to take a second look into her death, he has a chance to turn his business around. With the help of Robin, his temp secretary, Strike dives into a world full of secrets and fame to discover who would want to kill the beautiful Lula at the height of her career.
If you couldn’t tell from my previous reviews, I’m a pretty big Rowling fan. So I immediately ordered her latest book when it was revealed she was writing under a pseudonym. I was extremely glad to see that this read was nothing like the Harry Potter series or The Casual Vacancy. The number of characters and side stories weren’t overwhelming but instead she stuck mainly to the mystery at hand and building the few characters that I hope will be seen in the continuing series. Strike was a tad grumpy but an extremely smart man that you could see putting the pieces together while Robin is the perfect fit for Strike to build a successful business with her organization skills and her empathy for him. My favorite part of the read is that Rowling revealed the clues that led Strike through the case but held back on how they fit together for the very end so it kept the reader guessing until the very last page.