The Cuckoo's Calling

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This quite honestly the best murder mystery I have ever read.

The main character, Cormoran Strike is a huge man, a tall man who is physically perhaps threatening but has a heart of gold. Then introduce his secretary Robin Ellacott a woman who he can barely afford. Combine this with the fantastic writing of JK Rowling (under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) and add the mystery of the death of a supermodel Lula Landry and you have yourself  a winner.

Lula Landry committed suicide. That much was obvious and to be honest the newspapers knew it, her fans knew it and most of her family knew it. But her brother was not so sure. Cormoran, like a mixture of Hagrid and Sherlock, gets embroiled in the mystery as one clue after the other appears to make things more confusing. The woman was in the public eye and yet people don't seem to know much about her.

This book was truly a page-turner. I couldn't wait to know 'who done it' but I didn't want it to end. The contradicting statements from supposed witnesses and friends, the fascinating personal life and the dramatic public life makes this book simply magnificent especially combined with the growing and unexpected friendship of Robin and Cormoran.

I am a big fan of Harry Potter, just like half the world and this book is completely different and yet JK Rowling executes it with the same finesse and brilliance as with the everything else. The story is rich and unfolds like a magic carpet and the characters are complex and relatable. If there is one book you should read this year - it should be this one.

Have a wonderful week,

The Clumsy Wordshaker


Photo courtesy of J.K Rowling (found on campus diaries.com)

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