J.K. Rowling can disguise her identity with any pseudonym she chooses, but her magic will always shine through. Not Wizarding magic but pure, natural, writing magic that can transport a reader so completely that all five senses are believably engaged.
Writing as Robert Galbraith, Rowling has created an exciting new series featuring a burly, slightly broken, lovable, reluctantly teddy-bear-like Private Detective named Cormoran Strike.
Strike is a down-on-his-luck Private Investigator:
Add to that list a secretary he cannot afford but was too nice to turn away (the temp agency sent her), and we meet a kind, but rather destitute, genius of a man.
So, in The Cuckoo's Calling, when Strike is called upon to investigate the death of a Supermodel who seems to have committed suicide, but whose very wealthy brother believes was murdered, he accepts the job.
Cormoran is an adept, competent Detective who has the connections, charm, and persistence to excel in his work. His large bulk and obvious strength prevent people from realizing that he is actually brilliant. No one realizes this more than his new temp, Robin, who also has quite a good mind for detecting. The two of them make a great team, despite Robin's jerk of a fiancee who thinks she should be making more of herself.
Strike lacks the aloof arrogance of a Sherlock Holmes, though he shares his astute ability to observe, infer, and discover. He manages to simultaneously be a genius and someone whose cheeks you'd love to pinch.
Set in modern-day London, the Cormoran Strike novels are fun, intelligent, and impossible to put down. Rowling's writing is all-encompassing. The setting, events, sounds, smells, and sights are vivid and intoxicating. A must read for anyone who likes a good mystery.
5 out of 5 stars
Ages 14+ (Written for adults- not available in our school library.)
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