Private Investigator Cormoran Strike is behind in his rent, has just been broken up with and now has a temp he can’t afford standing on at his office door. So when the step brother of Lula Landry, a supermodel who had apparently jumped from her balcony, shows up asking Strike to look into Lula’s death as a homicide he takes the case.
As many now know, Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym for J.K. Rowling and whether it was an experiment to see how well the book would be received without the pressure of her name being attached to it or not, the good old fashioned storytelling is back. With mixed reviews to The Casual Vacancy, many had been hesitant to pick up The Cuckoo’s Calling and while I still haven’t gotten a chance to read CV yet, I couldn’t resist a murder mystery novel.
The Cuckoo’s Calling is well paced and keeps the reader guessing what’s going to happen. I could not put the book down and kept turning page after to page to find out where this was all leading to. At so many points, I had thought that I knew where it was going but that is one of the best things about J.K. Rowling’s writing – she’s great at misdirection and red herrings. Her characters are full of personality and the dynamic between Strike and Robin, his secretary temp, are amusing and fantastic. With a slight parallel to House (from the TV show of the same name), Strike is also a bit of a grumpy protagonist who has his vices and his foibles, complete with the matching leg pain.
At its core The Cuckoo’s Calling is a good old fashioned murder mystery that is sure to keep you page turning and guessing whodunnit throughout the whole book.