A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.
We all should know by now that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, the famous author of the Harry Potter series. I enjoyed the Harry Potter novels and was excited to see that Rowling has continued to write, but in a completely different genre. The best compliment that I can give Galbraith/Rowling is that I didn’t think of Harry Potter once while reading The Cuckoo’s Calling!
Cormoran Strike is a down-on-his-luck private investigator who is hired to prove that legendary supermodel, Lula Landry, did not commit suicide. The investigation thrusts Strike in to the world of the rich and famous; a world where lies are far more common than the truth. I listened to the audio version of The Cuckoo’s Calling and found myself sitting parked in my driveway long after I had arrived home because I couldn’t stop listening! Galbraith has done a fantastic job with the mystery genre.
The characters are complex and well developed; I had no problem visualizing each individual. The setting was equally developed, and I can still smell the lime air freshener Cormoran uses in his office. I loved Cormoran Strike; of course, I have a thing for burly cop characters…so yeah. Cormoran and Robin’s relationship still makes me smile. The mystery progressed at a realistic rate and I was kept guessing until the very end.
I only had a couple of issues. The first is how Strike reveals the reason behind his breakup with Charlotte. He just spits it out. It is an important moment and I felt it should have been rehashed for the readers. I could have used one extra paragraph where Strike relives the moment one last time before he lets it go. The second is when Strike meets with the killer. I felt Strike should have actually had a plan in that moment. I won’t say anything else because of spoilers, but you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read it.
The Cuckoos Calling is a great read! Kudos Rowling; you’re a good mystery author. Book two, The Silkworm is on my TBR list. Have you read The Cuckoo’s Calling? What do you think about Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling’s mystery novels?