Book Review – The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith


(My Rating: 3/5)

In The Cuckoo’s Calling, which is the first of the Cormoran Strike detective series by J.K. Rowling writing under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, Strike is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of a supermodel who has fallen to her death from her apartment balcony in Mayfair.

I generally prefer to watch TV shows such as Midsomer Murders, Inspector Morse, Miss Marple and the like, rather than read Crime/Mystery novels, so this is a new area for me. I enjoyed it and I think it’s a good genre to intersperse my usual reading with.

It was a very readable novel, paced well enough that you want to know what happens next, yet it does not hurtle along so fast that you’ve forgotten what happened five pages ago. I felt that the attention to detail Rowling paid while creating the wonderful magical world of Harry Potter for us is here translated into meticulous attention paid to creating numerous interesting characters and their interactions, a good plot and a well rounded story, that doesn’t cut corners just to make it go faster. And of course, as we already knew, she writes well and knows how to tell a good story!

I would definitely read more Cormoran Strike.

And finally, amidst getting all caught up in the story and eager to find out whodunit, there was a paragraph towards the end of the book that made me stop and re-read it a few times. I thought it was so true and so distressing, because it was so true:

“How easy it was to capitalise 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.”


Reading Challenge 2016 – Book 8: The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith


(My Rating: 4/5)

After reading the fourth book in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, I believe that every time one wants to take a break from one’s hectic life, but cannot physically ‘get away’, reading a book from this series is just the prescription required!

McCall’s writing, as I’ve mentioned in my review of the first three books of the series, is soothing, gently drawing you into a wonderful world of mystery, humour, good people and life’s simple pleasures.

In the fourth book, Mma Ramotswe has to contend with the opening of a competing detective agency, while she utilises her detection skills to help her latest client – a man who has had a revelation after being attacked by ostrich wranglers and wants to atone for the wrong he committed in his youth. Continue reading