A Review of The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1)

by Robert Galbraith

Well, I guess that I came pretty late to this party, but I finally made it. Since Career of Evil, the third book in the Cormoran Strike series, is coming out this October 20th, I decided to start at the beginning with The Cuckoo’s Calling. So I borrowed both the eBook and the audiobook from my local library. I started listening to the audiobook, read by Robert Glenister. He is perfect for this book. He reads with just enough characterization to the voices that you always know who is talking, but it never feels overdone. After getting well into the book, I switched back and forth between to two versions whenever it was appropriate.

The Cuckoo’s Calling is a very good mystery. I liked the story quite a bit. It was interesting and well plotted. But what really made this book worth reading was the two main characters, Comoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. J K Rowling developed these two characters and their personalities slowly and realistically. The interaction between the downtrodden detective and his temporary secretary is quite engaging. You will like them both, and will want to continue reading this series, just so that you can find out more about them.

I give The Cuckoo’s Calling 4 1/2 Stars out of 5 and a Big Thumbs Up! I think that nearly anyone who likes reading a good mystery, will enjoy it. If you like listening to audiobooks, give this one a listen. It is very good.

Book Description

thecuckooscallingThe Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

Book Details

Series: A Cormoran Strike Novel (Book 1)
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books (April 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316206849
ISBN-13: 978-0316206846
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.1 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author

Robert Galbraith is a pen name used by J K Rowling, the British novelist best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.

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5 thoughts on “A Review of The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith”

    1. I will be reading Silkworm just as soon as I can get a copy of the audiobook from my library. The paper copy is in, ready to be picked up, but there is one person ahead of me for the audiobook.
      What did you think of Silkworm?

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