So I’ve been trying to set loose reading goals every year for specific genres in order to attempt to widen my reading habits. The first time it was romance, and I was wildly successful in reading tons of new authors. Last year I meant it to be fantasy, but that’s spilling over into this year as well. Oops. But this year is mystery. And I’ve started off with a bang!
The Cuckoo’s Calling is the first in the Cormoran Strike series. Cormoran Strike is a slightly down on his luck ex-army PI who ends up taking the case to reinvestigate the suicide of Lula Landry, supermodel. Helping Cormoran in his endeavors is his plucky temp Robin. There’s a whole cast of would be murderers to choose from, and I thought it could have been any of them at one point or another.
This one was great! I did the audiobook and the narrator, Robert Glenister, was delightful. He really captured the spirit of the story. I really enjoy a good mystery as long as it’s not gruesome and doesn’t involve children. This one really fit the bill. At one point I guessed correctly who the murderer was, but proceeded to change my mind then another half dozen times at least. That’s how you know it’s a good mystery, it keeps you guessing. The imagery overall was fantastic, the characters were all three dimensional, and I enjoyed every second. I’m already in the middle of the next!
Anywho if you’re looking for a good mystery series I can’t recommend the first of these enough. Fascinating in a Sherlock Holmes way, but Cormoran is no Sherlock. He’s clever, but he puts in a lot of work to solve his cases. I’m really loving the world building of these and can’t wait to see what happens next.