Facts:

▪   Book: The Cuckoo’s Calling

▪   Author: Robert Galbraith

▪   Genre: Mystery

▪   Year of Release: 2013

▪   Read 455-page hardcover edition in September 2013.

Book Description: When a supermodel by the name of Lula falls to her death in a cold winter’s night in London, the ensuing police investigation rules it a suicide by an addicted and confused star with a lot of personal problems in her life.  However, her step-brother comes to private detective and ex-military operative Strike Cormoran with a request that he investigate this incident, in the belief that his sister was in fact murdered.  As Cormoran begins his investigation, while battling his own personal issues and in the company of a new temporary secretary Robin, he realizes that this case has many strange twists and turns indeed.

Book Review: This book, written under a pseudonym by famed British author J.K. Rowling, was blasted into the media spotlight after Rowling had tried to keep her authorship hidden, but someone in her lawyer’s office couldn’t keep quiet about it.  The mystery novel is actually a fairly engrossing and enjoyable read.  Rowling has commented that she felt less pressure and more free to write this book without attention to her name.  The result is an enjoyable mystery tale with a lot of intriguing characters and suspects.  The principle characters of Cormoran and Robin are quite interesting to watch, as their interplay develops over the course of the novel.  It is a shame a little bit more time isn’t given to the two, who actually play off each other quite nicely.  One other negative point about the novel is that although the ending components become very exciting and fast moving, this 455-page mystery novel feels like it drags a little bit in the beginning and middle sections.  It almost feels like we didn’t buy into all the concepts and characters, and that perhaps not all of the dialogue and scenes are required in the beginning and middle components.  Certainly some mystery novels move at a much faster pace than this one.  However, overall, this novel has interesting characters and an enjoyable concluding section, convincing us that Rowling has what it takes to write in this genre.

Overall: 3 stars out of 5.

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