Tuesday, September 24: Review a book, place, or product. How convenient! I just finished The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling.
First, I find it so interesting that Rowling pursued a pseudonym in this day and age; I know that occurred much more frequently in the past for female writers, but I can't think of a single other female writer that wouldn't use her now-famous name. Not to mention that the tone of the author was decidedly male even as third person perspective shifted between key characters . I would not have known that Rowling wrote it, and that was probably one of her goals for her readers since her name is so tied to the Harry Potter series and world.
The tale begins with a cliffhanger: Lula "Cuckoo" Landry, a beautiful celebrity and model, has been found crumpled on the ground dead outside of her luxurious apartment balcony. The police, media and everyone else all presume that she committed suicide by jumping; a classic story of youth and wealth and depression and drugs. Yet, her older brother, Bristow, claims it was murder, so he decides to hire Comoran Strike, a war veteran and lapsed private detective, to find Lula's real killer. Strike quickly enlists the help of his temporary secretary, the bright, young Robin, as they work to unravel what truly happened the night of Lula's death--and who in Lula's exclusive social circle or tattered family tree may have wanted her dead.
Unsurprisingly, the plot is great with tons of twists and turns to keep the reader interested. Rowling is also a master of character development, so she easily brings to life each individual in the story. I wouldn't say I loved it, but it certainly kept me entertained as an excellent crime/mystery fictional book.