The Cuckoo’s Calling

By Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowling)

I’ve been working my way through the Cormoran Strike series – three books but hopefully more in the pipeline.

JK Rowling is an impressive writer. I wanted to see how well she could carry off a crime fiction novel and read with interest. One thing Rowling excells at is characterisation. Cormoron Strike jumps off the page. He’s a very likeable bloke with baggage (aren’t we all?). The ‘drunk’ scene is particularly memorable: funny and sad all at the same time. He’s the kind of man you’d want on your side and be pleased to have him as a mate.

The story itself is well done, the mystery of Lula Landry’s death nicely drawn. A decent twist at the end. All in all, a good, well delivered tale.

The Cuckoo’s Calling


The Silkworm (Book Two)

For me this was much better than the first book. We get to learn more about the main character Cormoron Strike with some lovely characterisation, and quite emotive back story filtered in nicely without detracting from the main plot. His partner in detective is Robin and she’s a good supporting actor – we get to learn more about her fiancée and wonder why … (well, I did ).

Anyway, I liked how the story developed, slow build up, but in no way laborious. I was kept guessing right to the end, which is quite a feat (I’m usually there well before the end).

The Silkworm

Looking forward to reading the next installment – Career of Evil.



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