Friday, May 30, 2014

The Cuckoo's Calling

Book: The Cuckoo's Calling
Series: Cormoran Strike #1
Author: Robert Galbraith

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.-Goodreads

Review: I love a good mystery and this book had it all: a smart investigator with personal problems, an efficient secretary with hidden talents and a mysterious death. This novel is slow and very detailed (those looking for something action packed and faced paced will be disappointed) and I enjoyed every minute. I picked this up in the airport after briefly skimming the summary on the back and read it the whole way home on a very bumpy flight. I only wish I had a pen and paper with me so I could write down characters and timelines while I was reading it (I love to be engaged in the book and try to follow the investigation, I sometimes do this with Agatha Christie books..yes I'm a dork).  While the killer was clear by the end, I still had fun with the red herrings and watching the investigation unfold.

Grade: 5/5 

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