I’ll start with a confession.
My name’s Charly and I’ve never read a Harry Potter book.
I know, I know, the 90s were awesome and I work in publishing but the fact is I’m nearly 30 and have no experience of J K Rowling’s writing. Until recently.
As a fan of crime stories, thrillers and suspense I was delighted to learn that Rowling, as Robert Galbraith, had created the private detective Cormoran Strike, introducing him to the world in The Cuckoo’s Calling.
To be honest, Strike’s name alone was enough to win me over. But actually the story was interesting, entertaining and had enough threads to keep me reading keenly on.
I really enjoyed the characters, many of whom mirrored one or more celebs, and the plot itself was great, with ‘whodunnit?’ remaining a total surprise.
This is totally my kind of book. If (like me) your TV viewing choices include Lewis and Silent Witness, curl up with this book. You’ll love it.
So we slightly sucked in September. Bad us. October will be better, I promise!
We shall be reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith for October.
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 the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Date: Tuesday 21st October 2014
Time: 18:30 (though gather from 18:00 to eat food and gossip)