The Cuckoo’s Calling

There’s been a lot of buzz about this book, and rightly so. The Cuckoo’s Calling was written by Robert Galbraith, but someone let the cat out of the bag and told the world that Galbraith really is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. So all of a sudden there weren’t enough books in the world to satisfy the curiosity of the book hungry public. Poor Rowling, she’s criticized for everything she does – her first adult fiction book, The Casual Vacancy, was put under the microscope, comparing her every word to those of her Harry Potter series, and now she’s tried to write a book that will be judged on it’s own merit, without everyone knowing  it was written by the world’s most famous author, and someone has the gaul to blab (I hope they lost their job.). Anyway… back to the book. As the jacket says it’s “a brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein”. Legendary supermodel Lula Landry fell to her death from her apartment one evening and the police ruled it a suicide. But her brother thinks she was murdered. He enlists the services of private investigator Cormoran Strike (don’t you just love that name), who was previously a member of Her Majesty’s Services in Afganistan where he lost a leg to a landmine. Believe me, just the character Strike alone is well worth the price of the book – remember, we’re talking about J.K. Rowling here. He’s one really original PI. He’s plunged into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock star boyfriends, and desparate designers. A world so very foreign to his everyday life. With the help of his office temp Robin Ellacott – another really well drawn character that helps build on the book – they set off to prove… was it a suicide or was Lula murdered. Luckily for us, this is the FIRST crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I thought it was brilliant and can’t wait for book #2. I really, really wish I had a first edition though because the second one mentions Rowling whereas I bet the first doesn’t.

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