Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the mystery entitled The Cuckoo’s Calling that was released in April under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith was actually penned by none other than J.K. Rowling. We were traveling in South America at the time, and honestly, it was truly headline-making news around the globe! It was definitely an interesting experiment and a good case study for the power of an author’s name and publishing house backing for a release. Of course once the truth came out, it immediately rocketed up the best sellers list but it’s a strong book that deserved praise in its own right as well.
The story centers around a private detective, Cormoran Strike, who takes on the investigation of a model’s death. With a strong cast of characters and a nice balance of the case with his personal story, this is an enjoyable read. I wouldn't say it’s an edge of your set, pulpy mystery by any means, but it is well-crafted and the writing is decent. From fashion designers to adopted families, this story follows Strike all around London as he tries to sort through the deceit, both professionally and personally. His gang includes a plucky assistant, an over-involved sister, an easy-to-hate ex and many more characters that bring dimension to his world. Definitely give it a go if you need a break from more typical action or chick lit beach reads; it’s the first in a quality (if not completely addictive) series.