by Robert Galbraith
Oh J.K. you write such good mystery. Is Snape good or evil? Was Lula Landry's death murder or suicide? And if it was murder, who killed her? I can't wait to find out what happened to Owen Quine.
So if you don't yet know, Robert Galbraith is the nom de plume (a year of college French and that's what I got) of J.K. Rowling. And if you are just now finding this out, then welcome back from the cave you have been living in. Take moment to step away from the computer, get some sun, stretch your legs, then pick up The Cuckoo's Calling and come back and we'll chat. It's about a British veteran PI named Strike who investigates the death of a model while trying to keep his temporary, yet remarkably clever, secretary in the dark about the fact that he is living in his office after his breakup with a woman way out of his league.
Did I mention it is written by J.K. Rowling?
Mine too Jo!
So of course I was going to read it but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading things like:
"Jus' celebratin' my fiancee zengagement," he said, raising his eleventh pint in an unsteady toast. "She shou' never've left'm. Never," he said, loudly and clearly, "have. Left. The Hon'ble. Jago Ross. Who is'n outstanding cunt." -pg 301
It's so adult, so not Harry Potter.
So anyway...I loved the book and I was concerned that my expectations were going to be too high so I think that says a lot. It's funny, every time Strike went to the police and gave them a tip about the murder I was thinking "what are you doing!You never bring the cops back into it." Apparently I have been ruined by TV and movies.
As the mystery unfolded, I was struck by how much I didn't hate the little hints Strike dropped that never went anywhere. It was just enough to let me think I was piecing it together but not enough to make me try so hard that I really thought I knew whodunnit (which was good because I was all over the map). It reminded me of a teacher dropping hints for the students to figure out the answer for themselves but then becoming distracted by something else before actually answering. Then I finally got to the part where it was all being laid out and...I had to go to work... Gah! This is why I shouldn't read during breakfast. But work only lasts so long and I was able to finish it tonight...and I already have the sequel...
**Source: Purchased from a local bookstore with my own sweet loot.