Robert Galbraith
The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike Book 1)

The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike Book 1)

In this murder mystery, British detective Cormoran Strike and his trusty sidekick Robin Ellacott investigate a supermodel's suspicious suicide. I found the plot compellingly twisty, the characters interesting, the rapport between the two investigators my favorite part. For Harry Potter fans, there's good news and bad news: Rowling (under the pseudonym Galbraith) still has the touch, but there is nothing to remind you of Harry in these stories. The third (and grizzliest) book Career of Evil, published October 20, 2015, ended on a massive cliffhanger, and readers are impatiently awaiting book 4, which Rowling promises will begin right where she left us hanging. First-rate murder mysteries; highly recommended for Louise Penny fans.

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Career of Evil
The Silkworm

The Silkworm

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From the publisher: "When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes." I love this series, but proceed with caution: there are some pretty gruesome descriptions. I did a lot of skimming to get through the grisly parts. (This wasn't the case with The Cuckoo's Calling.) Add Audible narration for $12.99.

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Lethal White

Lethal White

This book turned around my sagging reading life in October: I read 400 pages in a day while camping! I enjoyed the mystery aspect, which begins when a mentally ill man bursts into Cormoran's office raving about a murder he witnessed as a child. But my real interest in this fourth novel lay in the personal lives of the detectives, especially after book three's cliffhanger ending. (Sensitive readers will want to know that <em>Lethal White</em> is much less gruesome than books two and three. It's intense, but not gory or graphic.) An altogether satisfying addition to the series. Robert Glenister's narration was fantastic, even though I switched to the hardcover so as to get to the ending faster.

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