Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith
Series: Cormoran Strike
Genres: Mystery, Crime, Fiction, Adult


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. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


After finding out about this novel being a pseudonym for J.K Rowling, I just knew I had to get my hands on it. Although I have read A Casual Vacancy by Rowling, I knew how her writing has differed from her Harry Potter Days. She’s much more slow on the plot lines, going slow and steady, giving you enough to just keep your interest by not enough to want you to devour the novels until right at the end where the plot thickens. This adult mystery is no different. I’ve read other mystery novels in the past, and this one had so many different elements to the typical whodunnit storyline.

For me, slower than normal plot lines make me have a hard time getting really into the novel and want to sit down and read them. I seriously contemplated putting this novel aside and going for one of the new ones I just purchased on Friday with my cousin. However, I stuck with it, knowing that Galbraith (aka Rowling) in the end would not let me down. I honestly thought I knew who had dunnit by the time the plot came around, but oh boy was I wrong! I was glad I was wrong, though. The ending of this novel really allowed for me to want to read the next in this ‘series’.

I enjoy the way that Galbraith allows for a character to be formed by the people around her who ‘knew’ her. It shows how everyone has a different opinion of someone from their interactions and how others opinions really formulate their own of a person. I also enjoyed the different family blending the Galbraith portrays in the novel. It is not the typical family, which I enjoy. I don’t like seeing picture perfect families with there being little wrong with them. The character development in this novel keeps you wanting more from each character, wanting to know what they think, if they HAD dunnit, or how they were connected.

I would keep reading this series, but it was hard for me to really get into the novel to start with which is usually a big killing point personally. I’d get it from the library before buying them. I might for the third in this ‘series’.

Overall, I give this novel a 3.5/5.

Have you read any of Rowling’s pseudonyms? Or have you read this novel? Let me know what you think!

Please note, all opinions are my own.