The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
Mulholland Books, April 2013
455 pages, 4 stars
ABOUT THE BOOK: A gorgeous biracial super model, Lula Landry, dies in a supposed suicide when she falls from her balcony. Unable to believe that his sister committed suicide, John Bristow hires Cormoran Strike—a private detective—to find out who murdered her. Strike has hit upon hard times. After a stint in Afghanistan, he lost his foot. He’s unable to pay his bills, and his fiance has recently thrown him out of their apartment. John Bristow’s offer to pay double Strike’s fee is just what Strike needs. But how should go about investigating a crime that is so clearly a suicide? (Read the Goodreads.com synopsis here.)
This is a good old fashioned mystery novel. The PI, Strike, is down in the dumps and a barrel of a man, who I couldn’t help but sympathize with. The variety of characters are well developed and they are all very different. Rowling is wonderful at weaving complex stories that somehow don’t seem to lose the reader (re: Harry Potter). Apparently this is the first of her Cormoran Strike novels—so we can look forward to more!
ABOUT THE OUTFIT: My dear little cuckoo, you are hell bent on finding your birth father. Your birth mom told you he was an African student. In an effort to get back to your roots, you adopt African print accessories like this African wax fabric clutch.
This green leather bracelet looks like one that Guy Some made especially for you—as his favorite model, you get some serious special treatment.
In this slinky shirt you can lounge around your giant apartment or go out and catch your boyfriend flirting with every girl in the bar. Pair it with this flashy skirt, which is just fancy enough for you to get into the hottest boutique where you trick the sales people into giving you information on Lula Landry. It’s also business casual for days working as a temp in Strike’s office.
These practical flats are great for running around London grabbing coffees and sandwiches for the boss. And their pattern shows your wild side (the wild part possibly coming from your bipolar disorder). Finally, this cuckoo clock necklace is your name sake—it pulls the outfit together and makes it yours.