This book is not a typical mystery novel, which is a good thing. And, as I’m sure you’re aware of at this point, it was written by J.K. Rowling under a pseudonym. My brother bought me this book for Christmas and I finished it in a Starbucks whiIe I waited for my husband to finish his phone repair training. You can check out The Cuckoo’s Calling here.
Summary: Private investigator Comoran Strike is down on his luck. He just got dumped, doesn’t have a place to stay, and can’t afford to keep Robin, his temp. But fate seems to be smiling as him when lawyer John Bristow hires Strike at double pay to reinvestigate his adoptive sister’s, Lula Landry’s, alleged suicide. It was ruled that the troubled supermodel jumped from her balcony, though Bristow believes it was something more sinister. The truth is a case more tangled than Strike ever imagined.
Likes: I normally don’t care much for mystery novels. They’re always filled with tropes, predictable plots, and stock characters. Not so with this book. It primarily focused on character development, and I found the actual case to be rather unpredictable.
Dislikes: There were two really cliche scenes that had Strike summarizing his theories and investigation to suspects, which is a personal mystery genre pet peeve of mine. The plot was also a little slow at times, as the author did not drop many hints.
TL;DR: I would highly recommend The Cuckoo’s Calling to anyone, fan of mystery or not.