The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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"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" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781478980841
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital
Additional Contributors: Glenister, Robert
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Feb 14, 2021

It isn't any secret that the author of the HARRY POTTER series is using a male pseudonym to write books that are geared for adults. I was never entrenched in the Harry Potter cult fan club but I did enjoy THE CUCKOOS CALLING (written under pen name Robert Galbraithe).

This book is the first in the series about a private detective named Comoran Strike. The mystery itself was not as interesting as the detective himself. Strike is a down and out detective, injured in Afghanistan, newly separated from his long term girlfriend, homeless and heavily in debt. When the brother of an old school chum hires him to prove that the Suicide of his 19 year old Super Model sister was actually murder, noone thinks he can uncover anything that hasn't already been reported exhaustively in the media frenzy that was triggered by her death.

Strike is a seasoned investigator with a very sharp mind who It is hard not to love. He is soon slowly revealing things overlooked by the police and casting doubts on the "suicide ruling". He is aided by a gal hired from a temp agency that has always wanted to be a sleuth. Her efficiency is one of the few bright lights in Comoran's life. They are just getting to know each other as we are getting to know them and during the process they managed to worm their way into this readers heart.

The story is a good one, but it is so richly detailed that I feel like it was a little longer than necessary. All in all, I enjoyed it and will most likely read the next book in the series.

Jan 30, 2021

Some characters and some pieces of the book are done real good. At certain points I was really engaged and excited while reading. But - (may be this is a problem with all detectives?) - the end was somewhat - boring? And somewhere middle the road I even guessed the criminal right. And then some "too much a stretch" in how the murder was done/uncovered.

Oct 15, 2020

I've missed reading a good, solid mystery novel. And I've also missed JK Rowling's signature style of narration and description. I don't think I've read anything by her since Harry Potter, and that was over a decade ago. The Cuckoo's Calling was like coming home in a way.

Successful mystery novels all share a trait that, in my opinion, is one which makes or breaks them. Of all the details and clues thrown at the reader, the important ones need to stick. But not overtly. They need to subtly fuse themselves just inside the subconscious, ready to be retrieved at a later point when putting the whole mystery puzzle together. When some new mystery novel is lauded in the media as a must-read, I often assume it successfully figured out how to navigate that delicate balance of story, clues and revelation.

Sep 29, 2020

Really, really great book! My first time listening to this author and am greatly looking forward to the next books in the series! Highly recommend it!

Sep 02, 2020

Mystery lovers who like a clever, well-organized puzzle will definitely enjoy this.

Aug 09, 2020

I liked the book. Interesting story and characters. I was a bit put off by the amount of foul language though. That's why I took 2 stars. I understand the 'trying to be "realistic" Nevertheless, I read a lot of detective thrillers and the likes and have enjoyed books that I can't put down that doesn't necessarily exploit this resource to a limit. I respect her as a writer. Is my first read under this pen name. I will continue to explore the series and see.

Jun 22, 2020

Really enjoyed this book. A little different from your regular detective read. Interesting characters.

May 06, 2020

As with most mysteries, it’s not until the very end that I figured it out. Fun read.

sapl3 Apr 09, 2020


Cormoran Strike is having a bad day. He has just broken up with his fiancée of 15+ years and is now virtually homeless, resorting to sleeping in his office. His PI business is floundering, and he is up to his eyebrows in debt. His prosthetic leg (the result of his tour in Afghanistan) is giving him grief and the temp agency has sent him another secretary who is surplus to his needs.

And then John Bristow walks through the door. Wealthy, and the brother of Charlie and Lula, both now deceased, Bristow could just be Cormoran’s ticket out of his troubles. Charlie, a school mate of Cormoran’s, died years ago when he rode his bike into a quarry; Lula Landry, the famous model, committed suicide a few months back by jumping out of her apartment window – or so the police concluded. It’s Lula’s death that Bristow wants Cormoran to investigate because he believes it was anything but suicide.

So Cormoran insinuates himself into the world of high fashion, rock stars, and dysfunctional families (the least of which is his very own).

Galbraith (the pseudonym of J. K. Rowling) has created a fresh new character in Cormoran – someone who endears himself to the reader after the first chapter. I enjoyed every page of this novel – the humour, the cleverness of the plot, and the well formed characters. Cormoran is a character I want to read more of!

Mar 02, 2020

A classic J.K. Style novel with twists and turns and a very long plot. Need to stay invested for what you hope is a good plot payout

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Aug 29, 2013

“Humans often assumed symmetry and equality where none existed.”

JCLHunterSt Aug 01, 2013

How could the death of someone you had never met affect you so?


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DanniOcean Aug 12, 2013

Unless you have been taking an extended tech and media vacation this summer, you will have heard that J.K. Rowling – author of the über-successful Harry Potter series - was outed as the true name behind Cuckoo’s Calling, using pseudonym Robert Galbraith. As any high-powered author would do, she sued the law firm that leaked her identity for a six-figure sum and then donated it, plus proceeds from the sale of the novel for the next three years, to The Soldier’s Charity, an organization that supports veterans and their families in Great Britain. She did this as a thank-you for those in the military who helped her with her research, leading her to create one of the most hard-boiled detectives to hit pages since Sam Spade, Cormoran Strike (how could he not be hard-boiled with a name like that?). A wounded veteran with an infamous set of rock parents, Strike grew up with his half-sister in care of his aunt and uncle. He joined the military as an investigator, went to Afghanistan and came back missing part of a leg (but is far too proud to admit it to those who don’t know him), and opens a detective agency. Unfortunately he has some hard luck with women and alcohol, until he literally runs into (and nearly knocks to her death) fresh-faced, and newly engaged Robin Ellacott, recently arrived in London from Yorkshire, who is assigned as his new temporary office worker. Robin, secretly thrilled to be working for a PI, by far the most efficient tem Strike has ever been assigned, and she proves herself both resourceful and intrepid as Strike gets his first big case – a model falls to her death and three months later her brother shows up, asking Strike to prove it was murder and not suicide. Strike is no hack – he is thoughtful, driven and methodical – much like his creator, Rowling. She slowly unveils the threads of the mystery with great care, precision, a host of fully-formed characters, more than a few red herrings and loads of wit. In fact, it is a far better book than Rowling’s last non-Potter novel, Casual Vacancy, and leaves the reader wanting to know more about Cormoran Strike. Let us hope that being outed as Robert Galbraith does not keep JK Rowling from creating further mysteries for him to solve. Cuckoo’s Calling is a first rate mystery, no matter who the author really is.


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