The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.
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.
©2013 Robert Galbraith (P)2013 Hachette Audio
I like Biographies about people from the back pages. Not much on Political Bios -- all the same to me with a few exceptions.
Story moves fast. Lead characters are rootable. Story line holds your interest.
Hope it is a series with PI Strike.
Sarah the House Elf
I prefer most stories in audio editio
I was a bit leary about reading this at first due to mixed reviews, however, I found it griping and well written. The use of 'language' (that other reviews found distracting and over-used, are obviously not informed how the British use language) I found appropriate. The descriptiveness of the story painted a full circle picture in my head, which brought the events to life. Some other reviews I read said that it was overly so, I found it to be very nice as it is a mystery and details count. In short I really enjoyed it. It played out well, all the clues were there and it did not seem far-fetched to me. It was a very good read. The title is fitting once you get through the story. I suggest reading it with and open mind on your own views. The fact the JK did write this, did not mean I was going to let it influence my experience, I treated it as a new author. This was a bit of a different reading experience then her other novels so far, and I found it well written, titled and story boarded. There were a few 'JK clues that she wrote it' (I mean in the style in which she writes, tale-tell words she used and outlines) Even if I didn't know she was the author and I read this book, I would read future stories from Robert Galbraith, I enjoyed it that much.
I really liked this book. I felt enmeshed in the British life, lingo, and food. The story wasn't exciting but it kept me interested the whole way thru. Rowling scored a 10.
I like Robin. She is excited to work helping a private detective.
Love to Bungee!!
This was a fantastic audio book, I had a hard time turning it off. The number of characters was manageable, they were very well developed. The plot was believable, no real twists and turns and the ending was unexpected, not totally, but it was not one that I had already fixed on. The narration was first rate.
I guess the only problem with writing under a pseudonym is that it is a bit harder for readers to find out about the book. I think this book would have made it to the best seller list under the Robert Galbraith name. Too bad some inconsiderate person leaked that the author was J K Rowling
I must be the only person who wasn't enthralled over this book. It was okay.....3 stars or maybe 2.5. It just went on and on. By the time I was half way into the second download, I was ready to quit for good figured I was close to the end so finished. I just can't figure out what all the hype was about. The reader was fine and the story was fair. When I saw it had been given 4.5 stars on Audible reviews, I guess I expected more. It's just not all that.
Nice story. Plot moves quite slowly. Slightly above average detective story. What is all the fuss about? Great marketing gimmick to launch with pseudo-name. But taken on its own there is nothing really special here. A nice short story padded into a novel. At least it is well performed and carries you over the dull patches.
I really enjoyed the story line, and the performance as it was read. The reader did an excellent job distinguishing between characters, and keeping the story moving along.
So excited to read/listen to this book! I had no idea who the killer was until the protagonist figured it out for himself. I loved the details in the story, and how well the author brought the story to life.
His accent and way he changed his accent made the characters seem real. I could hear the differences between character's backgrounds through his use of accents.
Loved it! Would recommend this book to anyone who, well, anyone who reads!
It's somewhere in the middle, not so much because of the plot, as for the main character. I liked him!
Unfortunately I was not surprised... Being a huge fan of detective novels and mostly of the Dame Agatha, I think I've spoiled all my detective stories.. my brain is very suspicious!
Hmm.. can't say without spoilers I think. I liked the scenes btw Strike and Robin. I think the scene at the boutique was among my favs.
Nope, no extreme reaction.
I don't think I would because I had such a hard time getting into this book that perhaps his style of writing isn't for me.
I thought the narrator had a nice voice and did a great job telling the story.
Based on the reviews for this book, I thought I would love this book. However, the story had such a slow build and I didn't feel emotionally invested in the story at all. There wasn't enough character development for me to care about any of them. I got about half way through the story and wasn't engaged at all. I finally decided to give up and move on to my next book.
I enjoyed the narrator so much hat I can't imagine the print version could be better.
Robin, the temp. She reminded me of all true mystery lovers....so enamored with the process....
Cormoran Strike, though he honestly did a wonderful job of most of the characters.
Yes,but alas,for me that would not be possible.
I had never read anything by J. K. Rowling. Fortunately, all of the press hullabaloo about this convinced me to give it a try. I hope these characters are back again for more mysteries! Not a minute wasted with this fun book.
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