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Excellent mystery story
on 12 May 2017
I’m an obsessive reader of crime fiction and thrillers, and can say that this is one of the best I’ve ever read. This isn’t surprising, given that “Robert Galbraith” is the pen name of J.K. Rowling.
Cormoran Strike is an ex-military policeman, badly injured in Afghanistan, now starting up as a private detective. Although the son of a very famous and rich father, he’s almost penniless. He employs a series of temporary secretaries, the latest of which is Robin. He can’t really afford her, but she turns out to be hugely efficient and full of initiative. The book is enriched by the backstories of these two, and the way they are brought to life. I was as interested in Cormoran and Robin as in the crime story itself. It’s very rare to find such high quality characters in a mystery story and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series, to see how they evolve.
The mystery itself begins when the brother of a suicide begs Cormoran to prove that his sister was murdered. She was a famous model at the height of her popularity. They are adopted children of a rich family, so we get drawn into the world of high fashion and very rich people. I don’t want to say any more about the mystery, for fear of spoiling it for you. But rest assured that there are red herrings and twists, and the mystery is very cleverly put together.
If this was an attempt by Rowling to see if she could be successful at writing a book in a different genre, then as far as I am concerned the answer is a definite “yes”. If you like classic mystery novels in the Midsomer Murders or Agatha Christie style, you’ll love this.