The Cuckoo’s Calling is the detective novel J.K. Rowling wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The book features a number of the elements of the genre, as it primarily follows Cormoran Strike, a down on his luck detective, as he investigates the apparent suicide of a young supermodel. Assisting him is his Girl Friday temporary secretary, Robin Ellacott. I grew to like both Strike and Robin. Strike is a sympathetic, well fleshed out character that I couldn’t help rooting for.
The story develops slowly, and while I was interested, I wasn’t what I’d call sucked in until about two thirds of the way through. However, that could have been because I read an ebook rather than ink on paper. I was also pleasantly surprised by the ending, but my surprise may say more about me than anything else.
I can see why Rowling chose to use a pseudonym, as I found myself comparing the book to the Harry Potter series. This is clearly not a book for kids, as it has plenty of profanity and some mature subject matter. It is solidly written, however, and I would like to see Rowling write more of Strike’s adventures.