J.K. Rowling….um….I mean….Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling

I loved every word of the Harry Potter books written by J.K. Rowling.  When I learned that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym she was using to write a new series of books, I was very excited.   I thought “YAY!!!  If they are as fantastic as the Harry Potter books, I’ll read every one!”  Then I learned that they were NOT fantasy or kids books.  I was so annoyed that I refused to read any of them. That is, until I decided to read a book each month by an author that I have avoided – and I chose The Cuckoo’s Calling by Galbraith as my March selection.

Cormoran Strike, an ex-military man working as a private investigator. John Bristow hires Strike to investigate the death of his super model sister, Lula, which was ruled a suicide. Strike is pulled into the lifestyles of the rich and famous as he tries to find out the truth about what happened the night Lula died.
One of the things Rowling/Galbraith knows how to do is develop characters. While I didn’t love the book, I might consider reading the next book in the series if I run out of books.  A little wordy and over descriptive, which was a plus in the Harry Potter books, in this book it dragged to story down.
A decent detective story but not one I’d put on my “must read” list.
Next month I am supposed to read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  Wish me luck as I have tried to read it once before and gave up.

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kharriott

My husband, Mike, and I moved from NJ to Southwest Florida in September 2006. I currently work at the Punta Gorda Library and fill my free time with crafts, reading and my experiments in the kitchen. Our fur kids, Buddy the dog and Nibbles (aka Brutus) the cat, keep us entertained all day.

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