Synopsis from Hachette Book Group:
Published under a pseudonym, J. K. Rowling’s brilliant debut mystery introduces Detective Cormoran Strike as he investigates a supermodel’s suicide in “one of the best books of the year” (USA Today).
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, creditors are calling, and after a breakup with his longtime girlfriend, he’s living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with a shocking 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.
Fast-paced and sharply drawn, this dazzling detective novel inspired Strike, the BBC crime drama series that has captivated millions of viewers worldwide.
About: The Cuckoo’s Calling is a mystery thriller written by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). It was published on 4/30/2013 by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown, and Company, paperback, 464 pages. The genres are mystery & thriller, private investigators, and fiction. There are five books to the Cormoran Strike series: book 1 is The Cuckoo’s Calling, book 2 is The Silkworm, book 3 is Career of Evil, book 4 is Lethal White, and book 5 will be Troubled Blood. According to the publisher’s website, “Mulholland Books is simple: to publish books you can’t stop reading. Whatever their form—crime novels, thrillers, police procedurals, spy stories, even supernatural suspense—the promise of a Mulholland Book is that you’ll read it leaning forward, hungry for the next word.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Cuckoo’s Calling on 5/18/2020 and finished it on 6/6/2020. I’m reading this book as part of the global read along, hosted by the publisher, Little, Brown in anticipation for the release of the 5th book, Troubled Blood, that will come out in September 2020. I don’t know why it took me to read the prologue 3 times before I became invested in the story. Once the story began, I just couldn’t put it down! The two main characters are well liked. I liked Strike’s visual gift where he remembers well and doesn’t miss any small gestures or facial expressions. I enjoyed Strike’s interrogations tactics. Strike’s many nicknames are interesting. I always loved it when the title of the book showed up inside the story. I couldn’t guess the killer so it was one surprise after another.
This book started with a prologue about a woman fall to her death. No one knew if it was suicide or otherwise. Then the story began, 3 months later, following Robin, 25, who just got proposed by boyfriend Matthew. She recently moved to London to live with Matthew and is now out for job interviews. The second view was Strike, from Cormoran B. Strike, 35, Private Detective. He suffered injuries when he left his girlfriend Charlotte and his business was neck deep in debts with no new clients in the past 8 months. Now he’s humiliated that Robin will see when she opens his mail to perform her secretary work. Unexpectedly, a new client came along wanting to hire Strike to investigate into his sister’s death because he didn’t believe she killed herself as everyone suspected. The story is divided into 5 parts and ended with an epilogue.
The Cuckoo’s Calling was a slow burning investigative and detailed read, yet well written. The slow paced wasn’t a total turn off because I actually I liked the characters. I don’t prefer a tell-all at the end but I do like the little clues and findings at each step of the investigation. I enjoyed the detailed description of Strike, down to his hairy chest and belly. I enjoyed the bit of humor and mystery. I’m excited to start the next book, The Silkworm. I recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: investigating, mystery, humor,
I rate it 4.5 stars!
About the Author:
Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy. Also in the highly acclaimed Cormoran Strike crime fiction series are The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil, and Lethal White. (Photo and info obtained from Hachette’s website).