The Cuckoo’s Calling was written by JK Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. This book is a murder mystery and shows that J K Rowling is a great writer regardless of any genre she picks up.
Cormoran Strike is a war veteran who has started his second innings as a private detective. He hasn’t had much success until one day he is asked to investigate the death of Lula Landry, a super model, who is supposed to have committed suicide by jumping from her balcony. Lula’s brother believes she was murdered. Cormoran accepts the case since it provides him a financial lifeline and at the same time gives him a distraction from his messy personal life.At first Strike agrees with the police investigation results, but the more he digs around the more he finds suspicious details which make him feel Lula may have been murdered.
As he interviews her friends and family Cormoran begins to understand the kind of life Lula lived.It forces him to think about his own troubled past. I don’t want to let out any secrets but suffice it to say that Cormoran solves the case and your head will be spinning when you read it!
Cormoran is assisted by his secretary Robin, who was assigned to his office temporarily but gets so interested in the work that she stays on….and who can blame her? I think every crime fiction reader would love to be part of a murder investigation and see things as they unfold.
All the characters are wonderfully fleshed out but then one would expect that from a writer of J K Rowling’s caliber.
All in all a great mystery read but only if you are interested in crime fiction, this book is nothing like harry potter! My only grouse is the size of the novel; at 450 pages it is quite long and it does include a lot of descriptive passages which could just as easily have been eliminated.
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