When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger…
A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is a classic crime novel in the tradition of P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, and marks the beginning of a unique series of mysteries.
Robert Glenister has performed with both the National Theatre and the RSC. He has worked extensively on radio and television and is probably best known for his roles as Ash Morgan in the BBC's Hustle and as the Home Secretary in 5 series of Spooks.
©2013 Robert Galbraith (P)2013 Hachette Digital
"The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place." (Val McDermid)
"One of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years" (Mark Billingham)
"One of the best crime novels I have ever read." (Alex Gray)
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"Good story with descriptive characters."
I've not read the book so can't say.
Lots of twists and turns with good, visual descriptions that brought place and people to life.
I liked the scenes with the detective's secretary Robin. I thought she was a great character and very necessary in making him more human.
I felt very sympathetic to the dead victim of the piece. Curiously I felt quite emotional that her life should have been cut short and the way the vultures descended to pick the bones of her estate almost before she was buried.
Would I have read the book had I known it was by J.K. Rowling? Probably not. I really don't like Harry Potter at all! Wise of her to use a different name, especially as she has proved she can write a good story without any wizards in it.
Couldn't stop listening, well read, great voices, not too over the top. Couldn't stop thinking about Lula Landry, really very hauntingly sad but fast paced, with well fleshed out characters.
Couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end - what more is there to say
one of the best this year
Strike was a great character
His performance was the best part of the book
Nowt so funny as family
"Great characters, average plot"
Not the best detective fiction I've read but a solid first attempt by Rowling. The real strength of this book is the well written and thoroughly engaging characters. Something that JK has clearly brought over from the potter world. The gay fashion designer, the wanna be bad ass rock star all bring this book to life.
The down side though is the story line. Its a little dull for a murder mystery, its really missing an element of excitement and danger and as a result the "big reveal" felt slightly anti climactic.
Good but not Great is a fair verdict for this one, i will read the second installment but mainly because Glenister is narrating it again. His narration in this book really is world class.
"Excellent, Couldn't put it down!"
This novel was fast paced and kept me guessing throughout. I loved how the mystery developed alongside the characters and their own side stories. The relationship Cormoran strike and his assistant grow to have is warming and provides a more light hearted element to the dark mystery.
Fantastic narration. If you like exciting mysteries with a twist you wont regret listening.
"Slow, turgid and tedious."
I loved reading Harry Potter to the kids, but this same over-descriptive style doesn't work for an audiobook as you can't skim through the bits that are going over the same detail again. It needs abridging!
Really enjoyed this book, very surprised as I am not a Harry Potter fan but a Agatha Christie fan. Very pleased.
Robin is my favourite charactor, as she adds a interesting personality to the story line.
"A very good listen"
This is, to be honest, a rather old-fashioned, straightforward detective story: it is, however, none the worse for having not much sex, not much violence and a fair bit of description; I also didn't guess the culprit until very late. The reader is excellent, and the writing good enough to keep the story bubbling along. The goodies are appealing and the baddies (or suspects) appropriately distasteful.
"Not what I expected"
No. Average story, average performance but the writing is not as accomplished as I was expecting. The ending doesn't have a twist it has an unfolding plot worthy of the clues in 3-2-1.
The story wasn't particularly interesting. I found it hard to concentrate.
Monotonous, uninspiring, adequate.
Had I not known who the real author was I would have assumed this was written by a new writer just starting out with a penchant for outrageous names and uneccessary posturing. Not going to bother with the second book in the series.
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