Crime Fiction Recommendation #1 : The Cuckoo’s Calling
One genre I never really step foot in was crime, I could never find a series that I really enjoyed the story of and the characters or didn’t work out who the killer was and how the crime was committed – which was my biggest problem with The Girl on the Train. So I stayed away knowing that reading bad books was a waste of my time, however, I have found a couple of series and I wanted to share at least The Cuckoo’s Calling with you today!
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.
So if you don’t know the whole pseudonym saga around this series, they were all written by the one and only J K Rowling. I was a little dubious about this whole series going in – I wasn’t a huge fan of The Casual Vacancy and I feared that The Cuckoo’s Calling was going to be the same. The characters are well rounded and interesting, their backstories are enjoyable and there are relatable qualities in all of them. I enjoyed learning more about them almost as much as I loved reading about the crime and the mystery surrounding it.
I think the best thing about The Cuckoo’s Calling is that I never see the ending coming. I’m always surprised and I never see the ending coming. I always try my hardest to figure out who did what but I have yet to make it before the end of the book. It’s one of those things that makes me fall head over heels in love with the stories, they were never expected. They are well written and well formed, something I really appreciate in my murder mysteries.
If you want a crime thriller that you won’t see the ending coming then this is the book and the series for you! They have a little bit of everything for everyone and I just really enjoy learning about all the characters and their lives. Plus the mysteries are always complex and well formed.
Have you got any recommendations in the crime genre that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments below! Maybe you can change my mind on the genre!