Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's CallingIt’s no mystery: Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling, which is what obviously attracted to me to this book. I am not very well read in the detective genre, but I have been known to like mysteries in the past. My attempt at reading J.K. Rowling’s other non-Harry work, The Casual Vacancy, can only be defined as a failure; I admittedly never even finished the book. However, I heard good things about the Cormoran Strike series on Mugglecast, a podcast I listen to, so I decided to give this a try! My boyfriend read this one with me, and it was fun to have our own little book club. He should look into detective work himself perhaps for he predicted the end (my prediction was wrong).

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The Cuckoo’s Calling is the first book in the Cormoran Strike series. Strike is a war veteran now working as a private detective who is down on his luck; massive debt, a lack of cases, and a recently failed engagement that leaves him homeless are all issues he is dealing with. However, this all changes when a new case, as well as a new secretary with a knack for detective work comes his way. Lula Landry was a famous supermodel who had fallen from her balcony in the middle of the night several months before. The police and press ruled her death a suicide, but her brother has suspicions and hires Strike to investigate the case.

My rating: 5/5 stars. Although I’m new to the detective genre, this book got me hooked! J.K. Rowling proved a talent for writing mystery type stories in Harry Potter, and this book did not disappoint. I enjoyed the story, but I especially enjoyed the characters. Cormoran is interesting, and I loved Robin. This book had me engaged to find out “who did it,” and I look forward to reading more of these books (currently, two more—The Silkworm and Career of Evil—are published). I would recommend this book to fans of detective novels and to those who want to give the genre a try.

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