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The Cuckoo’s Calling by “Robert Galbraith”

Posted by Caitie F on January 24, 2015

Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling 18812896
Author: “Robert Galbraith” (J K Rowling)
Paperback: 464 pages
Pub Date: April 2013
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Rating: +++++


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, thelegendary 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.


I have been meaning to read this since we found out who Galbraith really was. I have owned it since it came out in paperback, but I was nervous. Harry Potter is so much to me, what if this was bad? I haven’t read Casual Vacancy either because of that. What is Potter was a fluke and would be the only Rowling books I ever loved?

Yeah I don’t need to worry about that because she is as brilliant of a mystery writer. When I say I want to represent turning mysteries with great characters, this is exactly what I mean.

I got lost in this book. i feel like I know Robin and Strike so well and can’t wait to read the second book. Strike is a great detective. He has his issues, but isn’t a stereotypical detective. His family history adds so many complexities. His injury from the war impacts him every day, it isn’t something that is a plot device, it is part of who he is, which is something I look for in particular. Robin is really great too – she sticks up for herself, is really smart, and is has problems that readers in their 20s and 30s can relate to. She struggles with figuring out what she wants to do with her life and feels pressure from many people around her and doesn’t have full support when she start to figure it out.

The mystery is really great too. I won’t give any spoilers, but it feels like a natural investigation. The suspicious people are not stupid and Strike really has to do some detective work and look between the lines of what people are saying.

Now i have to go get The Silkworm!

2 Responses to “The Cuckoo’s Calling by “Robert Galbraith””

  1. […] 31. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo 32. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins 33. The Cuckoo’s Calling by “Robert Galbraith” – finished 1/23/15 34. In the Woods by Tana French 35. Dauntless by Jack Campbell 36. Wish […]

  2. I agree! It was a pretty classic, well-written whodunnit. But Harry Potter books were too, weren’t they?

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