2014: 48. The Cuckoo's Calling

"The buzz in the street was like the humming of flies."

The Cuckoo's Calling, Robert Galbraith

Since the new Galbraith was due out imminently (indeed, I have actually read it already, since my vacation put me a little behind on bloggin), I thought I'd re-read this one first.  I read it when it first came out - well, when we first found out it was written by J.K. Rowling.  And I liked it then, and I like it now.  I like her and how she writes, and here she has written a mystery that manages to be about a P.I. (an ex-Army man at that), but isn't all hard boiled and cynical, like most such novels are.  I definitely fall on the "cozy" spectrum with my mystery novels (though not too stupid and twee - that Louise Penny book definitely was on the edge of that), and I don't really enjoy them if they are all brutality of life and blah blah.  This wasn't that - it was just an old fashioned murder mystery, and I enjoyed it tons.

I like her detective - Cormoran Strike, ex-military, one-legged, struggling to keep his new agency afloat, and I really like his new secretary, Robin, who secretly always wanted to be a detective, and ends up getting sent there by the temp agency and loving it.  They are trying to solve the mysterious death of a model named Lulu - the police say its murder, but her brother can't believe it, and hires Strike to investigate.  The investigation seems life like - the solution the murder is pretty good, and I didn't guess who did it until the very very end.  Even if she wasn't the world's most famous children's author, Rowling would be a respectable mystery writer.  

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017