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CUCKOO’S CALLING: A Cormoran Strike Mystery (book I) ~Robert Galbraith

“It’s a psychological term.  The Johari window.  It’s all to do with how well we know ourselves, and how well other people know us.”  (Kindle page 360 of 550)

CUCKOO’S CALLING is a book group book that is from my personal library and it was just great fun to read.  A second Cormoran Strike Mystery will be released in June of this year and I think I will put it on my list, just because the writing is so good and this book was full of intelligent words and ideas and it did not feel like a 50-minute television drama at race speed.

Cormoran Strike is a great character who has been released from the military after losing his one leg in the war in Afghanistan.  He is working his own Private Investigation firm but is down to one client and struggling to procure clients.  He is overwhelmed and in walks a new temporary office manager, Robin, who proves her worth within the first hour persuading a new client to use the service.  Robin snags this new client who can pre-pay for his assignment and Strike is off and figuring out if a fashion model committed suicide or was pushed off the balcony of her apartment.  The reader is right in the middle of fashion shoots, the contemporary music scene, temperamental movie directors, and the very distinctive world of the wealthy in London.

Can one succeed as a PI taking the public transportation system and working day by day on a limited budget?   Robin is smart and thoughtful and job hunting for a permanent position, will he be able to keep her on or have to let her go?  Strike’s fiancé makes matters worse by kicking him out of the apartment they share and breaking up.  Can a PI live on containers of Pot Noodles, sleep on a camp cot, and spend his nights in the office undetected?  Can he get the answers he needs from the world of high fashion design and the drug and alcohol imbibing young people who work in this area?

I would recommend this book to all who enjoy good writing, intelligent writing, or people who enjoy a story that is not a formula story.  I would highly recommend this book to those who love mystery, suspense reading.   Although, I figured out the answer to the main question of the story very early on, the other sub-themes were very interesting to explore and probe and just as it was getting very interesting the twists were fabulous and diverting and I doubted my conclusion.  CUCKOO’S CALLING is a very good read, top – notch story telling and inspired me to think about reading the new book out in June.

Thank you LIZ for picking this read for our group to share and enjoy.  Good winter escape read and very entertaining.

About the Author:

“Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry potter series and THE CASUAL VACANCY.” (from the Kindle cover)

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6 Responses to “CUCKOO’S CALLING: A Cormoran Strike Mystery (book I) ~Robert Galbraith”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — I love your assessment:

    “…the writing is so good and this book was full of intelligent words and ideas and it did not feel like a 50-minute television drama at race speed.”

    Patricia Reply:

    It was a good read and we will be talking about it at one of my book groups this month.

    It gave me entertainment and pleasure!

  2. Sara Says:


    I LOVED THIS BOOK. My daughter turned me on to it and I hesitated because I was one of the few people in the world who wasn’t a big fan of Harry Potter.

    But this is a very different type of book, as it was a mystery. I enjoyed the characters very much. I thought Robin was so much fun as she discovered her love of detecting and Cormoran Strike was such a great character. He reminded me a bit of a British version of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch.

    That said, I found this book to be more like a train ride where you have time to look out into the countryside and see what’s there as opposed to a bullet train.

    Fortunately, these are the kind of mysteries I enjoy, rather than ones that speed through the story. This story built itself slowly and I appreciated this fact. I did figure things out a bit faster than I wanted to, but I still enjoyed the characters and how it was all resolved.

    I’m pleased they’ll be a new one. This was a great review of the book. Thank you:~)
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  3. Patricia Says:

    I very much enjoyed this story and the writing. It was so nice to read something so well done – with quality. Nice to know there is another one coming up in the series with these characters.
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  4. jenclair Says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed both of “Galbraith’s” books featuring Cormoran Strike!

    Patricia Reply:


    I am looking forward to reading Silkwood next break in my review schedule.

    So Many books – sometimes just not enough time :)

    Thank you for your good words about the books