The Cuckoo's Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith [Website] aka J. K. Rowling [Website] aka Joanne Rowling
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Series: Cormoran Strike, Bk 1
Obtained: Library copy
Why this book?:
Um.. I heard the fuss about the exposed author. I was eager to read a mystery by said author. Plus the reviews (in print) were positive and it sounded like a story I'd enjoy. As for why now, I had finally checked it out, and finally grabbed it off the bookshelf.
Cormoran Strike is a private investigator - not a very successful one (people just don't want to pay their bills - especially for answers they don't like!). Robin is his new temporary assistant. Both of them are great characters. I wish I was as organized as Robin and as thorough as Cormoran (I try to be, but wow).
Anyway, I've been reading quite a few cozy mysteries lately. As much as I love them, the amateur sleuths do tend to jump to conclusions quite a bit. Cormoran, on the other hand, worked on collecting all the details and perspectives in a very methodical way. He made his deductions based on the full information ha had available and not until he had all the pieces. I greatly appreciated the change in pace (perhaps I should read more PI mystery books).
Cormoran has a mess of his personal life, and while that was somewhat of a distraction, it didn't overwhelm the story. I so appreciated that.
I was also pleased (though not surprised) with how the story ended, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series, The Silkworm (due out this June 2014).