The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith ~Goodreads~
Published by Sphere 2014
Paperback 384 pages ~The Book Depository~
Introducing her first crime novel, J. K Rowling writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Meet Detective Cormoran Strike! After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Down to one client and creditors calling, a broken relationship and living in his office. All seems bleak until John Bristow walks through the door seeking for Strike’s help to investigate a supermodel’s suicide.
Set in London in the grand area of Mayfair to the backstreets of the East End, to the chaos of Soho. A brilliant setting for any crime/mystery novel and perhaps another favourite attraction to read this book. I simply have no idea why its taken me so long to get to read it, but boy am I thrilled to have done so now.
Maybe I was in denial that J. K Rowling had moved on from Harry Potter to a new genre, but I can safely say I’m happy she has. I am now totally hooked with this new enticing book series that has begun.
When you think of detectives, Sherlock Holmes and Poirot may spring to mind but you will never meet a detective quite like Cormoran Strike. I’m a big fan of this genre as it is by Rowling has kicked it up a notch. Comoran Strike comes across as a sloppy, lonely, unprofessional being and somewhat unattractive. I think that’s perhaps what I love about him most. He’s not like other detectives, he goes about it in a completely unorganised manner and its fantastic.
Nevertheless, the mystery of the legendary supermodel Lula Landry aka Cuckoo is an exciting investigation, full of twists and turns and a “who done it” aura. It is so wee thought out that it kept me guessing right to the very end, I couldn’t (and didn’t want to) put it down.
You can tell this is Rowling’s writing right from the start, and I can’t praise it enough. A very biased opinion perhaps but I don’t regret it at all, she is more sensational than ever.