As a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, I eagerly purchased this book as soon as I found out it was by J K Rowling. I must admit I am a sucker for a good murder mystery. As a child I devoured all the 'Famous Five' and the 'Five Find-Outer' books by Enid Blyton, then moved on to Agatha Christie as a teenager. So, you can imagine how excited I was to have one of my favourite authors venturing into this genre!
I must admit that I did find it a little slow to get going at first. Yet, once I'd reached about a third of the way through, I was hooked. It isn't like a thriller where it's really fast-paced and there's loads of action packed into every page, but much more like a old-school murder mystery with a private detective, his sidekick and the police not getting it right. Although the concept and style was an old-fashioned murder mystery, the setting and plot were entirely modern. The mystery was based on the death of a young, famous model, and today's intrusive media and celebrity-obsessed culture is depicted all too familiarly.
I loved the two main characters; Detective Strike and his Secretary/ Side-kick, Robin. Both were polar opposites but complimented each other well, and I enjoyed reading about them and finding out more about their private lives and personalities. I would definitely like to see a series set up featuring these two!
The story itself kept me guessing until the very end. I suspected the murderer at one point but then dismissed the idea and so was surprised when all was revealed. I stayed up until 1 am when I got near the end, desperately turning the pages to find out what happened and who did it- definitely the mark of a good book!
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more in this detective series.
Has anyone else read The Cuckoo's Calling? What did you think? Does anyone fancy reading it now? What other mystery books would you recommend?