Jackie's Booklikes

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The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith
When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .


It's J.K Rowlings first crime novel written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Admitingly I was curious about it because of the author. Anyway I also had to ask the Chapters clerk if he had read it and what he thought of it. He told me basically that it was fantastic. I think the cover is nothing to be admired. 

Cormoran Strike is a soldier veteran turned private investigator who has a prosthetic leg that causes him some pain. He also just broke up with his beautiful girlfriend, Charlotte, and is living in his office. He quietly endures his share of suffering all the while fighting to get himself out of debt. It's a sad situation for him and when John Bristow hires him to investigate a murder that the police have already deemed a suicide, Strike reluctantly and selfishly takes the case hoping it will help his financial problems... but John Bristow may be a little off his rocker.

At this point [page 212] Strike has just spoken to Rochelle , a homeless girl who was friends with Lulu Landry and my guess to whodunnit is either one of the two runners that are caught on video from a surveillance camera.


UPDATE: I loved how Strike was able to solve the murder mystery and convict a killer. I am looking forward to reading more about Cormoran Strike and hopefully Lulu Landry's brother Jonah, will come back as well AND Robin the secretary of course.


"I hate it when the world is led to believe something that is proven as fact but is a lie."- Jackie B.