The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling[Download] ✤ The Cuckoo's Calling ➸ Robert Galbraith – After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story His sister the legenda After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan The Cuckoo's PDF or Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story His sister the legendary supermodel Lula Landry 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. Feb 3rd 2014 Extra things you should know 1 This is a negative review If you are looking for reviews that confirm what you are already certain of that JKR can do no wrong here are some examples of positive reviews for you 1 2 3 2 I used some Mary Poppins gifs to make my point in this review It seemed funny at the time If you find MP gifs stupidannoyingbeneath you then please feel free to go to the reviews I linked before 3 I will no longer reply to comments saying I am stupid or didn't get it I will no longer reply to insults of any kind or condescending suggestions that I read the book again If you're tempted to write something like this save both of us some time and read the previous comments for my answers to people like you I have way too many unwatched episodes of Law Order to entertain trolls any longer4 I'm sorry to all the people who have been kind and respectful whether they agreed with me or not You can just ignore these pointsThings you should know 1 Ms Rowling filled my childhood and early teen years with magic I love Harry Potter and I confess to only adding this book after I found out she was the author 2 I did not go into this with the intention to compare it to Harry Potter I did not expect magic or wizards and I fully anticipated this being very different to the HP books 3 I have read and enjoyed many mysterycrime novels in the past My favourites being by Tana French and Gillian Flynn So there was no reason why I couldn't have enjoyed this book simply because it wasn't magical Potterland But I didn't and after putting a lot of thought into this I think I finally understand whyHere's the sad truth I can't stand Rowling's writing when she writes for adults I actually find it painful to read Let's be clear from the beginning I started and never finished The Casual Vacancy because the opening didn't grab me and there was something about it something which I couldn't put my finger on that made it an effort to get through A certain style to the writing which didn't agree with me I thought perhaps it was a one off because I'd read all her other works and never had a problem with her writing style That's why I jumped at the chance to try another adult book by Rowling and sort out what was evidently a bout of silliness on my part What this book did give me was an answer to why neither of Rowling's adult books worked for meRowling writes in an unusual manner It's not uniue to her work for adults Harry Potter has it too but the effect had on both is very different Rowling's style of writing including the dialogue between characters is formal to the point of being old fashioned Part of me wants to compare it to Austen but I'm cautious of doing so because of the amount of people usually including myself who might read that as a compliment Rowling's formal style doesn't work for me when using it in an adult mystery and pairing it with profanity and grisly murders It feels out of place and weighs down each page with tedious descriptions that use too many awkward similes metaphors and adjectives face the colour of corned beefthe snow fell with soft fingertip plunkslong snouted camerasHer descriptions all felt a bit off to me And I particularly didn't like the unsophisticated use of big words It's like when inexperienced indie authors go crazy with thesauruscom using clunky words like exacerbated and exorbitant in casual sentences that don't benefit from it The characters in this book never check the time or look at their watches they consult their watches Think I'm being picky? Try reading whole pages where every sentence replaces the obvious words with complex ones and see how far you get without your brain starting to scream And it felt like every single noun had at least one adjective before it Not only that but Rowling repeats similar adjectives when referring to the objects again In one sentence we are told she climbed the steel stairs and in the next she's continuing up the metal stairs WHY???? And also WHYYYYYY???Another example of Rowling's old fashioned style is her freuent use of expressions like oh my and goodness expressions I'm sure some of you will recognise from Harry Potter characters What is this? It's like Mary Poppins or Little Women or I don't know Little House on the Prairie And maybe it works fine in all of those same as it works fine in Harry Potter but none of those also had a side helping of profanity and very adult themes They do all however share the formal language styleAnd while I think people were silly to say things about The Casual Vacancy like ohmigod this had like noooooo magic and even fewer dark lords when Rowling clearly said it was an adult mystery book and I wanted to say to those silly peopleI still think it's entirely relevant to compare the two when looking at Rowling's writing style and the reason why sometimes it works and sometimes it really doesn't The formal tone with simplistic language like in Harry Potter is okay but dense descriptions and over complicated sentences made it hard work and tedious in this book It's like a very formal letter with the occasional random swear word thrown in And it doesn't work Not for me anyway The style simply doesn't fit the content; there's swearing and murders and people rescuing others by grabbing their breastsI'm not even going to talk about the story beyond saying I found it a standard mystery that could have been good if I'd not had these other reasons for not liking it The killer is not hard to guess for anyone familiar with crime mysteries but that isn't usually what I care about most in crime mysteries anyway Plus in this case I'm just too blinded by my dislike for the writing sigh I think it's fair to say that I'm finally done trying to enjoy Rowling's adult booksPS Yes I did get a little overexcited when I googled Mary Poppins gifsBlog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr B 79% | Good Notes A prototype yet to find its footing; its complex interview heavy plot poker faces all clues until a bursting end reveal Dull tedious I was frustrated with the style of writing There’s no action It’s all conversation I wanted it to be overCOURTROOM STYLE CONVERSATIONS TELLING NOT SHOWINGPrivate eye Strike is investigating a death Throughout the book Strike has long conversations with many different characters It felt like a courtroom asking witnesses 30 or uestions one right after the other Many of these were discussions about what “might have happened For example “I don’t think he would have done it because he was” “It could have been this But assume it’s not then what about that?” “Why couldn’t it have been a letter to” All these conversations are people “telling” about the past with their own subjective assumptions conclusions and some lies I’d prefer Strike actively doing things to discover clues and some interesting unexpected or scary actionEven Robin my favorite character she went to Oxford to investigate something We should have watched her and seen her interacting with people Instead Robin “tells” what she learned to Strike afterwards Like in the first paragraph she is answering a bunch of uestions about her past activityThe author used the word “had” a lot “telling” not showingNO CLUES TO THE READER UNTIL THE TELL ALL AT THE ENDThere are no clues until the last fourth of the book Then there are a few clues but they don’t mean anything to the reader For example one character said he noticed drops of water on the floor I had no idea what that meant until Strike does his “tell all” at the end where he explains the long complicated story of what happened who lied and why what caused the water drops etc I prefer mysteries where the reader learns some clues along the way that mean somethingROBIN IS THE BEST PARTThe best part was the beginning I really enjoyed the character Robin Strike’s temporary assistant She shows up on her first day just before a new client arrives She asks Strike if he and the client would like coffee or tea Strike says yes without thinking There is no coffee or tea but she brings it and Strike has no idea where she got it A few times he calls her Sandra without thinking That relationship was fun Robin has great initiative and ideas And she does some neat things But she is only a small part of the storyENDING NOT CLEAR TO MEI didn’t understand “why” John hired Strike This was answered but the answer didn’t feel rightSWEARING LANGUAGEStrike has a long conversation with Evan who used the f word every other sentence I was tired of hearing it It was a long conversation Other characters used the f word less freuently which didn’t bother me as muchNARRATORThe narrator Robert Glenister was good But I grew tired of the British accent he used for many characters “Look what I got” sounds like “Loo wha I goh” He was probably being accurate but it was not easy listening for long periods of timeAUTHORJK Rowling wrote this under the pseudonym Robert GalbraithDATANarrative mode 3rd person Unabridged audiobook length 15 hrs and 54 mins Swearing language strong Sexual language I didn’t recall any but Ernesto corrected me saying there were a few lines by Guy Some Number of sex scenes one referred to no details Setting current day London area England Book copyright 2013 Genre mystery UPDATE 2 This is my final review of the book Most of what I included in my preemptive thoughts is here so you don't have to read this whole thing Potential television series title #21 LONDON STRIKE Alright let’s address the hippogriff in the room finding out that JK Rowling published a book under a pseudonym is something that I had I expected might happen post Potter and embarrassingly searched for but when the uestion was brought up as to whether or not she'd write under one she dismissed the idea saying that people would uickly find out it was her which after reading The Casual Vacancy I concur with as the tagline could have been WELCOME TO DURSLEYVILLE so the idea was sort of debunked for me First I feel that it’s necessary to offer in preamble that I actually liked The Casual Vacancy Yes it offers some views that some may find preachy and Rowling’s stream of narrative writing lacks subtlety and dilutes the rawness of her characters However I also found it uite affecting in fact I’ve since read the novel a few times objectively and the craft behind it becomes apparent with each re read Did Franzen handle social satire better? Yes but Rowling is in tight possession of a uniue wry wit that’s all her own I think that the problem that many fans had is that they’re accustomed to the JK Rowling who writes about morality on a large scale great battles of good and evil staged with dragons and goblins and ghosts entrenched in themes of friendship love and death The Casual Vacancy is also a morality tale but the characters are so clueless self destructive and human that a fan of the Harry Potter books can’t help but emerge disappointed Fortunately The Cuckoo’s Calling doesn’t strive for such heights When I first heard about the book after fixing the hole in the ceiling caused by my gargantuan leap of joy I was excited I mean I’d much rather see JK Rowling whip out that killer gift for world building that she has in the realm of science fiction or fantasy but she is eually skilled in mystery writing I’ve always always thought of The Chamber of Secrets as a mystery novel That was always the appeal of it to me and I felt that it stood out from the rest of the books because of it But after JK Rowling wrote in the FA section of the new Cormoran Stike website that all of the Harry Potter books are essentially who dun its with the exception of the fifth I realized that they are Each is essentially a search for a culprit using a limited amount of clues Potential television series title #19 BBC’S SHERLOCK HARRY—Ep 1 “A Study in Potions”But one doesn’t even need to view the Harry Potter books as mysteries in order to expect Rowling to be a great mystery writer the immense amount of plotting and interweaving of detail throughout the books is commendable and alone legitimizes the size of whatever paycheck Rowling got after every book One of the biggest problems film makers had when adapting the final books of the series is that they came to realize that details that they had carelessly discarded bore great significance in the final books An invisibility cloak becoming a Hallow a friend’s pet rat an animagus We know how skilled JK Rowling is at creating red herrings and false trails already One doesn’t even need to read all of the books to understand this Just one chapter in the Goblet of Fire In an interview with Charlie Rose last year JK Rowling revealed that chapter 11 of the fourth installment of the series was one that she wrote and rewrote the most in order to draw suspicion away from a newspaper article written about Mad Eye Moody The intention was that it was to be written so that it could be interpreted and reinterpreted by other characters and the readers so that we wouldn’t figure out the truth about Moody’s character until the end This shows us that Rowling has an eye for the way the reader thinks something that comes in handy for her towards the climax of Calling Still I had my reservations see all 503 pages of The Casual VacancyPotential television series title #7 ROBERT GALBRAITH’S AKA JK ROWLING’S it’s out now so we won’t look like douchebags for marketing it this way CORMORAN ROBINBut I was pleasantly surprised by The Cuckoo’s Calling I don’t read much mystery although I did read a lot of Agatha Christie when I was younger and watch BBC’S Sherlock now When I do encounter a mystery however I judge it by how well it manages to surprise me For me this includes the author laying out all the details for the reader at the beginning no big surprises towards the end masuerading as a clever twist that are really meant to keep the reader from finding out who did it It’s the job of a good detective—and a good mystery writer—to piece together the clues in a way that the reader doesn’t but theoretically could have Rowling does this balancing a cast of characters and an assortment of clues so numerous that I can’t imagine even the most dedicated mystery savant keeping up The suspects at one point all seem to have iron cast motive and opportunity Rowling uickly outsmarting the reader The plotting and the sheer intricacy of the details woven throughout might be the most impressive that I’ve ever encountered in a modern mystery novel The utter tautness of the book uite frankly blew me away It sticks to the traditional mystery formula Rowling doesn’t have a Gillian Flynn like touch on the genre There’s the obligatory introduction of each character and clue to the point where it feels like speed dating and there’s a long exposition at the end about what happens I was so impressed by the ending though that the cookie cutter feel of it became subdued And everything which is perhaps what was most refreshing is realistic There’s no shocking conclusion and thankfully no ludicrous segueways between connections Rowling’s gift for prose is evident once again showing her finesse at maneuvering the English language Although hardcore mystery fans may get a little tired of Rowling’s Dickensian style I was always interested In the sluggish monotonous mid morning hours at work I found myself wanting to pick up my copy of the book to see what happened next Her characters are great The relationship between John and Robin is sweet but covers all its bases I like that their friendship is just a “friendship” but it’s not like they’re not going to each consider the romantic possibilities of the other Cormoran’s handicapped ex military character felt a little too John Watson for me but his role as a character that prevails and doesn’t wallow for the most part is satisfying I enjoyed Robin’s character too and hope her part is bigger in the next installment The presence of socioeconomic dynamics is featured heavily throughout the novel and plays key parts in the mystery itself lingering among character motivations and plot connections I thought that it was a fascinating feature to include in a mystery novel and gave it its distinct taste but I hope that this doesn’t become a recurring theme throughout the series It’s relevant here but I prefer it as the atmosphere for one mystery alone These dynamics are relevant ones in our culture but the way that Rowling presented it in Vacancy was found unpalatable by a lot of readers If she keeps it in play for each of her subseuent mysteries the way she does here then the reader might grow bored Some series’ find their tone in a shift of setting going from the slums to high society It’s the job of the main characters to keep the setting grounded and with the team of John Bristow and Robin Ellacott Rowling’s got the materials on handIn other ways however it feels like Rowling hasn’t found her tone as a writer The ambiance here doesn’t take on the meaty rich ualities that have characterized the most renowned mystery writers Robert Louis Stevenson’s gift for describing shadowy alleys and nightmarish supernaturalism is his hallmark Christie eually adept at creating grim atmospheres sans the magical realism Rowling’s writing is beautiful but it seems to languish in contemporaneity In this way it’s not an escapist novel immersive yes but I found myself becoming aware of the present rather than absconding from it Bottom line The Cuckoo’s Calling incorporates potent mystery writing intricate plotting and likable characters showcasing some of Rowling’s best skills as a writer even if her others don’t appeal entirely to the target audience hereUPDATE I've finished the book and I was right about Rowling's deftness at mystery writing particularly around the part about The Chamber of Secrets Full review to come but highly recommended Not phenomenal or on par with Potter but all the things that didn't work in Vacancy are very much present except that they work in a mystery setting and that it's all very very good Tightest most intricate plotting I've ever seen in a mystery novel So finding out that JK Rowling published a book under a pseudonym is something I'd always expected and embarassingly searched for but when the uestion was brought up as to whether she'd write one she said everyone would figure it out right away which after reading The Casual Vacancy I concur with as the tagline could have been WELCOME TO DURSLEYVILLE so the idea was sort of debunked for me I'm slightly disappointed that I haven't heard of it which means that it hasn't received enough acclaim to cross over to the mainstream on its own which is less than I'd like But people a It's a JK Rowling book b We don't have to wait for it It's already out I liked The Casual Vacancy But I think that the main issue many fans had was that JK Rowling is an author who deals with morality on a huge scale epic battles of good vs evil friendship loneliness adolescent turmoil and every other drama you could think of set on a stage featuring dragons and ghosts and goblins Her knack for making rich as well as lovable characters is her hallmark so segueing into a world where the characters are not only clueless and blind but also distinctly unlikable couldn't have been very easy for fans Also her voice as omniscient third person narrator is certainly well written as a stream of prose but sort of diluted the significance of her characters; Vacancy also lacks the edge that made similar novels by Jonathan Franzen The Corrections and Maria Semple Where'd You Go Bernadette better After multiple re readings of Vacancy I've grown to like the book a lot or rather appreciate it because while the craft behind it becomes obvious with each read its overcast mood is unaccompanied by a payoffBut this is a crime novel Why am I excited for this? Because I've always always thought of The Chamber of Secrets as a mystery novel You don't even need to look at that book alone to know that Rowling is a master of mystery writing the seemingly meaningless details sprinkled throughout the Harry Potter series bearing much gravitas in later installments much to the chagrin of filmmakers cutting out important details due to lack of knowledge of said installments Red herrings and false trails are an essential component in mystery writing which she is undoubtedly skilled at creatingSo I'll be much wary of you now Ms Rowling and I while I would still prefer that you return to fantasy or even science fiction and even though I sense that you're becoming a very hit or miss author your hits are still potent enough for me to want to read anything and everything you'll ever write again This is a wonderfully entertaining new crime debut which although it contains nothing amazingly original works really well Firstly there is the main character Cormoran Strike a wounded war veteran with a troubled past damaged love life and financial woes which see him sleeping in his office when we first meet him Strike has left the army which provided him with the structure and home life his mother never could and set up as a Private Detective The only problem is a lack of paying clients He then receives a new temporary secretary Robin Ellacott with her slightly stuffy fiance and her secret desire to be a detective Both Strike and Robin are fully fleshed out characters that we care about deeply by the end of the bookThe crime Strike is asked to investigate involves a famous supermodel who falls or is pushed from her balcony on a snowy London night Lula Landry is the adopted daughter of a wealthy family and her adopted brother is insistent that she had no suicidal feelings when he met up with her that day As Strike sets out to investigate we are introduced to a cast of identifiable characters the effeminate dress designer drug taking Paparazzi avoiding boyfriend disgrunted 'wannabee' film star chauffeur elderly dying mother disapproving family members etc Although the plot is really uite a simple one it works very well The author has created a totally realistic scenario with London almost becoming an extra character as Strike walks the streets and a satisfactory plot with a good cast of suspectsI would say that Cormoran Strike is the best new addition to the P I genre that I have read for a long time He certainly deserves a series and I hope to see him appear in many books There were tantalising glimpses of his past which need much further exploration and perhaps the author can be kinder to him in the next book and at least get him a proper place to sleep I feel he will serve the author well and deserves a little looking after If you enjoy really intelligent well written crime novels P D James etc then this will be a book you will love Great start to what will hopefully become a long running series Have just found out this was written by J K Rowling I am glad I didn't know that when I read it and I hope it doesn't put her off continuing the series now she has been 'outed' as the author It is a good read on its own merits A first time author who goes by the unassuming name of Robert Galbraith comes out with a mystery novel called The Cuckoo’s Calling The book receives favourable reviews and is wholeheartedly accepted by the fraction of the populace that reads itAnd then and this I borrow from reliable old Wikipedia the Sunday Times scratches it’s stubbly chin and wonders how a first time author with a background in the army and the civilian security industry could write such an assured debut novel So after much sleuthing and an inuisitive followed by a generous bit of loose lips launching the ueen Ship it was revealed that Robert Galbraith was in fact JKRowlingI could almost imagine Tom Riddle’s wand swishing blood red curlicue letters in the air Robert Galbraith is JKRowling JKRowling is Robert Galbraith Ofcourse all hell promptly broke loose after that I am also pretty sure that Madame Rowling went Loki at Comic Con in the privacy of her tastefully done up living roomFor me laying my hands on the book courtesy the best Hufflepuff in the magical and muggle world Mith was nothing short of the Almighty smiling benevolently down at me with a new commandment Thou shalt read the new Rowling tablet Forsaking all others thou shalt not stir till thou has reached ye last page Thou shalt be rewarded for thy loyalty And believe me it was a wholly rewarding experience SYNOPSISSuper Model Lula Landry has plunged to her death from her posh Mayfair balcony While the media has pegged it down as a suicide by a troubled star her half brother is convinced that she has been killed And so he hires Cormoran Strike a down on his luck detective to investigate the caseAs Strike aided by his new albeit temporary secretary Robin; gathers clues gets sidetracked and traverses the length and breadth of London to unravel the truthhe faces his own demons and realizes that things can get really ugly really fast REVIEW The Cuckoo’s Calling is a delightfully straightforward murder mystery And at it’s helm is the eually delightful Cormoran Strike Cormoran is not your conventionally good looking lit cheroot hanging seductively from his lower lip lady slaying Private Eye He is a massive rugby player sized man not so easy on the eye and burdened with a prosthetic leg Mad Eye Moody lives? a vindictive ex a grimy family background and dire finances But hell’s bells he is plain out adorable His innate decency his blustering efforts to not sully the sexual waters with his attractive new secretary his attention to detail and his flashes of vulnerability make him a well rounded main leadHe is not a fabulously perfect hero and so I have the biggest crush on him And therefore if the book translates into a movie please please please I would fervently hope that Nathan Fillion would fill Cormoron’s shoes I mean yes Fillion is a dreamboat but he has the whole clumsy yet suave air down to a tee and we have already seen how perfectly adeuate he looks cast as a film noir detective in CASTLE’s The Blue ButterflyI mean look at himComing to Cormoran’s new secretary Robinshe is an absolute star Robin is freshly engaged to a very proper young man and is gooey eyed enough to settle for a two point five existence But she craves excitement Not the sordid excitement of a secret fling but the childish glee of solving a mysterious mystery And she’s the perfect foil to Cormoron’s elegant hippo act Infact with her strawberry blonde hair and her transparent need to Run with the Doctor Detective she reminded me of Amy Pond Will love transpire between Robin and Cormoran? If it does I for one will be knitting booties for their bonnie babiesThe Supporting cast of characters is rich and varied I loved each one of them From the coke snorting Tansy to the meticulous security man to the slightly unhinged half brother to the wolf masking wearing boyfriend and prime suspect to the ego boosting Ciara Porter to the larger than life rapper to the maliciously camp designer; I loved all their character profiles Everyone had a solid role to play and everyone was infinitely readableMinion kisses for allFor all the Britophiles out there this is a treat Modern day London effectively wears the garb of a smoky 1940s lamplit whodunnit You are utterly charmed and steadily soak in the atmosphere like a comforting soak in a hot tubAs for the pace of the plot it is slow and steady There are no cliff hangers the staple of mystery novels at the end of each chapter There are no high octane moments There are no unexpected plot twists And yet you carry on Your interest never wanes The story builds up steadily from a strong skeleton to a steady fleshing out of detail coupled with a handful of sinews worked in with precision and finally the end result is a fully functioning thriller The story is no great shakes If you have been a mystery enthusiast you will figure out the baddie pretty soon But the joy of reading a good crime novel is to rub your hands in glee as you poke your head over the long suffering detective’s shoulder and go in your head “Ooh ohhI KNEW IT” Rowling’s writing is flawless witty and generously peppered with some choice abuses Ron Weasley would approve Her skill is strong as ever and shorn of any pretensions Her observations on human fallacies are uncomfortably accurate She holds what could be a rambling storyline together purely on the strength of her intuitive grasp on her characters' emotionsAt the end of the day she justifies her right to the Writing ThroneI come away utterly and completely enchanted Fun fact Robert Galbraith was a scientist who did experiments on humans to advance gay conversion therapyand JKR thought it was a great idea to use that as her pen nameOh something else that needs to be mentioned trans lives matter Meet Cormoran's First StrikeHis first 'Mystery' which haunt me from the early beginningeven the epigraph Why were you born when the snow was falling? You should have come to the cuckoo’s calling It starts When snow was fallingand a 'Cuckoo' fellA famous model star fall off the balcony to her tragic deaththe paparazzi gather around her body just as they did when she was aliveHer neighbor assert that she heard her arguing and shouting with a man The Killer right before seeing her fallThe police declare that's a lie the DNA proves there was no stranger thereAll the evidences and investigation declare she was alone The result is what the police saw was clear from the beginningSuicide 'Celebrities always go cuckoodepression would drive them for that' Some say 'She was exciting about her new big contract and upcoming tripshe was far from suicide act' Others sayYou'll find thorough the investigations and evidences that no trace of a killer in the sceneso it's SuicideCase ClosedAnd then our Story begins3 Months laterRobin A beautiful blonde young lady living her Best Romantic days after getting engaged to her boyfriend Went to work as a Temp secretary for some office she surprised to find out the business of the office is her long lost childish ambition of workIt was an office of A Private DetectiveCormoran Strike An ex Military Private detective Living his Worst days of his life just separated from his fiance His office just got one clientwith all his debts; He just stuck with a new temp secretary he can't even afford paying her for her only weekunless he saved by a wealthy client John Bristow An unexpected new wealthy client to Strike's office as a favor for old friendship between Strike and the latter's brother He came for the detective to dig up a very famous case that he didn't agree with its resultsA case of his dead adopted sisterA Famous ModelLula LandryYesLula Landry Cuckoo is the famous Model we've witnessed her tragic death at the first scene Why were you born when the snow was falling? You should have come to the cuckoo’s calling Or when grapes are green in the cluster Or at least when lithe swallows muster For their far off flying From summer dying Why did you die when the lambs were cropping? You should have died at the apples’ dropping When the grasshopper comes to trouble And the wheat fields are sodden stubble And all winds go sighing For sweet things dying As I've said the story will haunt you from the very early beginning its first sceneeven from this 19th Century PoemAlthough I've never been into poems poetry But this haunting one may be cause I've heard it also on youtube makes me really into the mode of The Cuckoo's Calling Also I have to say that Rowling has a great epigraphs choices like in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with 2 epigraphs that fit with the final story of Harry Also It haunt me for a 'Déjà vu' for an accident that happened 12 years ago almost like the beginning of this novelalso in LondonA death of A SweetheartA Cinderella of Egyptian Cinemathat her case's investigations was almost identical to the case of Cuckoofrom the first scene I love also the glimpse for famous tragic death of celebrity which pushed by paparazzi or even cases closed wrongly as suicide There's also that great tribute for the soldiers who are trying to readjust with civilian life after leaving the military one for a reason or anotherSome may say it's a bit slow in the first half but I really respect even adore that detailed characters and eventsit makes me get to know about Strike and the lovely Robin as I'm with them in the Private Detective office and their cool 'professional' relationI've actually got into the case of Lula investigated with Strike the evidences and tried to interview everyone who was near from Lula the day of her deathAnd I've even got a GREAT experience decipher the Body Language while investigating some characters And by the half of the novel As I've written most of this review right now I've really wondered ; Is it really a suicideor a Murder?The Setting ; LondonI used to say in Dan Brown's Novels reviews That it's better to use Illustrated edition or keep searching in Google Image search for the places he describe brilliantly in his novels The same is here JK Rowling talent in creating a beautifully Magical world in Harry Potter or realistic fictional Pagford in The Casual Vacancy proved to be still great in describing the magic of real places as LondonYou'll really love to see the statue of Eros; Piccadilly Circus while Robin starts a new step in her romantic lifeYou'll walk up and down Denmark Street and 12 Bar Café with its Music Instruments and where The Detective office Locates You'll be in real famous Pubs and Bars in London with its Victorian faces And these pubs' windows view of the 1920s building decorated with statues by Jacob Epstein And on the top of all The elegant Victorian houses at the most wealthy neighborhood and streets like Bellamy Road and Mayfair The bottom line is you're invited to a lovely journey into the heart of London at the moment you start the novelThe CharactersOne time like all her work The author writes the characters even the secondary ones in very detailed way you discover about them and their past by each new chapter which really makes you as if you actually Living with themand in this caseyou're trying to solve a hidden mystery in a case with the Detective Cormoran Strike Make a lot of thinking who would play him specially it wasn't clear his age at till book two Alan Rickman is too old may be Robert Downey Jr but he's not English although it didn't stop him being Holmes and finally Hugh Jackman who I stuck with some suggested Hagrid without the costumes of course Ex Military still love discipline of the military life; Can't live with it any thoughand not because of his injuryPrivate Detective with big debtsjust a client or two in the best daysand not even investigate the crazy death threatens he got regularly Adore his ex fiancee Charlottebut can't live with her liesIllegitimate son for a famous starHates it'd be his fameA very complicated character that you'll love to know him better page after page Wanting to know about him and may you'd end up like meWaiting books for him Robin Ellacott A New Hermione type Super smartclever got the spirit of initiative And this timeSuper beautiful As if Jo this time assert that women are smart even those super pretty ones I love how she got a childish dream of her being a Detective herself and I got so attached with her complicated romance and nonsense free relation with Strike and I was praying she'd stay till the end and to see her again in the next books of the series Lula Landry Cuckoo Emma Stone was the first face come in mind when I saw the US edition's coverI know that at the novel she doesn't look like her at all“With all the gallons of newsprint and hours of televised talk that have been poured forth on the subject of Lula Landry’s death rarely has the uestion been asked why do we care?Why Do We Care?Well you'll know page by pageYou'll get into the real Lula or Cuckoo as she and her best pals calls her by the testimony of her brotherthe news and articles written about her that you know from Robin's internet search and the tales and testimonies of those who were near her one by one by how close to her they were as the story goesBut you'll get better look into her by reading with Strike her personal emails clear look as if you looking into her soulor ghostI promise thatbefore the half of the novel as in my case you'll really love to know about that lovely complicated character of LulaAnd you'll really Careand wonderHow Did Lula Landry really Die? The Propaganda Fame sometimes is a double edged swordThe Casual Vacancy's 500 was rated 'one star' in few hours after its release JUST because it's not Harry ish ; or some didn't like Harry Potter or Rowling herselfI guess that's why the decision of publishing under PseudonymAnd honestlyas the writer I wished it'd last longer Even I may never hear about it unless it get good publicity or hit the news of up coming movie based on it And I'm sure I'll still LOVE it even if I didn't know it's Rowling'sAnd if you saw the Goodreads main page of the book at 14thJuly 2013 you'll find all of the reviews very positive and even 41 rating and it didn't start getting a '1 Star' but after the announcement of the real authorAnyway I'm sure Rowling get GREAT researching Robert Galbraith bio as seen on About the Author in the 1st Printing of the book which get sold out after few minutes of the announcement and auctioned with hundredth of dollars and I was lucky to get one of these 1st prints for this small captions about the author that wasn't at any other later printings ROBERT GALBRAITH spent several years with the Royal Military Police before being attached to the SIB Special Investigative Branch the plainclothes branch of the RMP He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry The idea for Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world “Robert Galbraith” is a pseudonymYou'd feel Robert's really like Strike himselfIt's clearly that JK Rowling did a lot of research about the Ex Militarily officers and their lives You'll touch that at many points in the novel FinallyHaunting CaseCheck Catching introduction for the main characters Check Smart Investigations Check Real Exercise on reading the Body Language CheckMarvelous setting very realistic; still magical Check I fall in love with the mystery of this novel the characters and every thing I've read it slowly to keep it in my hand for as long as I can took me 4 weeks reading almost as the same duration of the plot And I'd really recommend it strongly to any crime thriller readersI love this praise The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place Val McDermid But in my caseThe Cuckoo's Calling is why I newly fell in love with crime fictionI loved investigatings and the detective workwith all the observation and reading the body languageI loved the characters Robin is wonderful Lula even we don't have any live scene for her even no flashbacks but I truly attached to her case Liked her so muchshe became a name for me and also Cormoran Strike Became a NameMohammed ArabeyReading from 2nd Oct 2013To 29th Oct 2013Start writting the review 18th Oct 2013ٍٍٍٍِْ 14 7 2013 The First Review The first impression about the news of the book My birthday surprise and I'd love to thank everyone like it or comment and I hope you'd like the final reviewthanks for your supportYesterday after Midnight it was 14th JulyMy 30th Birthday But this News MADE My DayAnd My YEARJK Rowling??What?This Book is JK Rowling'sNo wait day after day for the plot of her new book the cover release dates etcNo negative reviews just for her name only after just hours of the release of the books As what happened withThe Casual VacancyThat was what made me really Super HAPPPYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYAnd of course you know how anyone would react when He's 30I've Ordered it at the same day from And Truly can't wait THANK YOU ueen Joueen of wizard and witches ueen of MagicMohammed Arabey14th July 2013 “He had never been able to understand the assumption of intimacy fans felt with those they had never met” I'll venture a guess that JKRowling is not a stranger to this feeling Propelled to household name fame for her lovely gift of imagination she gets to experience the uglier side of fans' adoration the side that comes with suffocating hard to meet expectations and stifling atmosphere of demanding hype Is it any wonder she'd look for a respite in releasing a book under a pseudonym?And yet yours truly is selfishly celebrating the infamous leak of the unknown mystery writer's true identity since otherwise I would have been uite unlikely to pick up this tome given the ever growing size of my precariously balanced to read pile that is beginning to dangerously resemble the Leaning Tower of PisaLula Landry a supermodel falls to her death from her balcony; the police called it a suicide her brother feels it was foul play and hires Cormoran Strike a bear like ex soldier to investigate Propelled by his desperate need for money and aided by his lovely idealistic temporary secretary Robin Ellacott Strike plunges into the shallow world of celebrity culture and London's rich and wannabe rich slowly unraveling the threads of the mystery of Landry's fall The Cuckoo's Calling is an unusual mystery novel by today's industry standards It's lacking high stakes or important villains or breakneck fast pace or shocking twists that seem to have become almost a reuirement of the genre Its language is slow a bit formal and occasionally reminding me of the early years of the past century rather than modern times It's a slowly developing story uiet and observant focused not on the plot but on the wide tapestry of characters spending time with them through conversations and somewhat old fashioned 'detecting' in a way that to a certain point reminded me of the works of the ueen of the genre Miss Agatha Christie But only to a point as it's missing the annoying know it all smug detective and instead has a gruff but very human uite flawed war veteran tuned PI Cormoran Strike “Other people his age had houses and washing machines cars and television sets furniture and gardens and mountain bikes and lawnmowers he had four boxes of crap and a set of matchless memories” I can barely express the enjoyment I experienced from the interactions of Strike with the wide cast of potential suspects and witnesses most of them belonging to the world of British rich and famous; his ability to zero in on different aspects of their personalities to study their very essence to get them to slowly reveal their real freuently shallowly unattractive selves so often ugly and petty that satisfyingly replace any number of car chases or gunfights or mad dizzying dashes from place to place to place that I came to expect from the genre “How could the death of someone you had never met affect you so?” But what I really appreciated in this slowly developing character centered even keeled narrative was the ever increasing spotlight on Lula Landry a young woman whose death started it all who ends up being than just a springboard for the story but its heart its centerpiece as we get to glimpse of her through Strike's eyes as we see her morph from just a pretty face into a full fleshed presence behind the story “He had hoped to spot the flickering shadow of a murderer as he turned the file's pages but instead it was the ghost of Lula herself who emerged gazing up at him as victims of violent crimes sometimes did through the detritus of their interrupted lives” Lula may initially appear to have little substance to her to be little but a blank slate on which gossip hungry public is eager to project their desires and hopes and even spite But as the novel progresses we see the glimpses of her personality and the uglier sides of the world of fame she inhabits the world of flashing camera lights blinding your each step and every word you say having potential to end up in a yellow press column Rowling's disdain of such flipside of fame is palpable indeed “How easy it was to capitalize on a person’s own bent for self destruction; how simple to nudge them into non being then to stand back and shrug and agree that it had been the inevitable result of a chaotic catastrophic life” I uite enjoyed this book I liked the smart mystery the unexpected light humor the apt descriptions even if at times they would get a tad too wordy the stinging satire and of course the freuent grave seriousness when Rowling turns her eye to the 'real world' problems “The country was lumbering towards election day Strike turned in early on Sunday and watched the day's gaffes counterclaims and promises being tabulated on his portable TV There was an air of joylessness in every news report he watched The national debt was so huge that it was diffcult to comprehend Cuts were coming whoever won; deep painful cuts; and sometimes with their weasel words the party leaders reminded Strike of the surgeons who had told him cautiously that he might experience a degree of discomfort; they who would never personally feel the pain that was about to be inflicted” I'll easily recommend this book for anyone who'd like a few enjoyable afternoons with a brainy delicious story 4 stars and an excited anticipation for offerings from Rowling Galbraith or whatever name she chooses to use for her future writing endeavours My old pre review the one responsible for the discussion in the comments is below in a spoiler tagview spoilerHere's what's puzzling me If you are Joanne Rowling and have traveled the path from rags to riches and have created such a strong brand name at this point thanks to your amazing imagination why in the world would you want to hide behind a pseudonym? You have earned the recognition your name bringsI wonder if that's the result of a backlash The Casual Vacancy received from Harry Potter fans for not being well like 'Harry Potter'?But in this case wouldn't writing books unlike Potter under your own name eventually lead to people associating you with literature that is not about young wizards? hide spoiler I like detective novels and I am a fan of JK Rowling so when I found out that this Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym of Rowling I thought that it was the perfect combination of elements that I have to read the book as soon as possibleI have to admit that in good amount of the book I wasn't enjoying it so much I was feeling it too slow and nothing exciting was happening since Cormoran Strike the detective wasn't doing much just asking uestions to each witness and the events was getting over and over it was tediousMy anchor to keep reading it was Robin the secretary of Strike since she is a wonderful character that gives a way positive and radiant atmosphere to the book when she is in the scene I think that besides that she is smart proactive and good hearted also she gets excited about being in the world of private detectives and that exciment was contagious with meThere are some detective teams that the lead character is so great that sometimes the sidekick doesn't get the proper credit but here I have to tell you that Robin is as important to the effectiveness of the novel as Cormoran the lead characterIf you took her out of the formula the magic pun intended would dissapearOkay as I was saying the book was slow and there were too much details about the private life of Cormoran I mean why do I want to read about his nephew's birthday party or all the times that he goes to get a shower in the university campus? Geez I want to read about the case and I really think that the book could have less length but I guess that when it's an author with the reputation of Rowling they can't let to print a good book with a 300 pages no it has to be 400 or nothing I wouldn't be surprised if the second book will get 500 pages But I really do hope that it would be with less pagesSo the book was slow real slow tedious interviews but right when I was like 20% of finishing the book bam the tempo changed and all the pieces of the puzzle were starting to get into place you get a good speed of narrative and then you see Cormoran Strike as an awesome detective worthy to be side by side with Philip Marlowe and Sam SpadeAlso I like that the character is smoking cigarrettes I am not pro or against smoking I just think that it's silly that nowadays almost all authors are like too much afraid of using characters with the habit of smoke like if that would alienate the readers I am not here to discuss about medicine and health I just say that a private detective looks cool smokingSo if you decide to read this book please finish it don't leave it in the middle of the reading because you're getting bored I can guarantee you that the smashing ending with be worthy of keeping with the book until the great endBravo Rowling you did it again ; If there is a second book in this series I'll be there to read it too Update June 24 2014 Indeed there are now a second novel and I am man of my word ; I am reading the second book now