Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Cuckoo's Calling

Title:  The Cuckoo's Calling
Author:  Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
Publication Information:  Mulhulland Books. 2013. 464 pages.

Book Source:  I read this book upon learning that it was written by J K Rowling using a pseudonym.

Favorite Quote:  "I'm not in the business of proving negatives."

The Cuckoo's Calling is a mystery - a who-done-it. Cormoran Strike is a down and out private eye. Robin is his new assistant. John Bristow is the client. He is the brother of one of Strike's childhood friend. He is also the brother of the famous young supermodel Lula Landry.

Three months before this story begins, Lula Landry falls to her death from her apartment window. The death is ruled a suicide. John Bristow does not believe it was a suicide and wants Strike to investigate. Stirke needs the fee offered and takes the case on.

What emerges is a story of siblings, adoptive parents, birth parents, and family dynamics. Old family secrets come out. Family history is revisited. Family relationships are called into question.

Did I enjoy the book? Yes, I did. It was a quick, easy mystery read. Would I have read this book had it not been by J.K. Rowling? Probably not. It was an enjoyable book, but made remarkable because of who the author is.

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