I am not sure how I found this book. Maybe someone reading my blog recommended it or maybe I just stumbled over it in an Audible search one day. Regardless, it was a good find.
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith is a debut mystery novel and sets the stage for what could easily be a series about British PI Cormoran Strike. The characters are very well developed and believable and there are more twists in this plot line than there are on Lombard Street in San Francisco.
It's a long novel, just the way I like them and the narrator, Robert Glennister, did an amazing job telling the story.
As with any book that I like I immediately look for sequels and was disappointed to find none. However I did discover that Robert Galbraith is pen name for JK Rowling. Would you believe that this is the first book I've ever read of hers? Harry Potter is cute and all but that genre doesn't appeal to me at all. But with The Cuckoo's Calling she's translated fantasy mystery to crime mystery masterfully. Hopefully we will see more of Cormeron Strike. Here's what she says about it on her website:
"I hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience! It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name. The upside of being rumbled is that I can publicly thank my editor David Shelley, who has been a true partner in crime, all those people at Little, Brown who have been working so hard on The Cuckoo’s Calling without realizing that I wrote it, and the writers and reviewers, both in the newspapers and online, who have been so generous to the novel. And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances."
Here's the publisher's summary for The Cuckoo's Calling.:
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.
If you like mystery novels I think you will enjoy this one with it's surprising ending.