The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.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...

Details The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

TitleThe Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
Release DateApr 30th, 2013
PublisherMulholland Books / Little, Brown and Company
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime

Reviews The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

  • Emily May
    Feb 3rd 2014 - Extra things you should know: 1) This is a negative review. If you are looking for reviews that confirm what you are already certain of (that JKR can do no wrong) here are some examples of positive reviews for you - 1, 2, 3. 2) I used some Mary Poppins gifs to make my point in this review. It seemed funny at the time. If you find MP gifs stupid/annoying/beneath you, then please feel free to go to the reviews I linked before. 3) I w...
  • Jane Stewart
    Dull & tedious. I was frustrated with the style of writing. There’s no action. It’s all conversation. I wanted it to be over.COURTROOM STYLE CONVERSATIONS - TELLING NOT SHOWING:Private eye Strike is investigating a death. Throughout the book Strike has long conversations with many different characters. It felt like a courtroom, asking witnesses 30 or more questions one right after the other. Many of these were discussions about what “might ...
  • Jayson
    (B+) 79% | GoodNotes: A prototype yet to find its footing; its complex, interview-heavy plot poker-faces all clues until a bursting end reveal.
  • Jason Lalljee
    UPDATE 2: This is my final review of the book. Most of what I included in my preemptive thoughts is here, so you don't have to read this whole... thing. Potential television series title #21: LONDON STRIKE Alright, let’s address the hippogriff in the room: finding out that J.K. Rowling published a book under a pseudonym is something that I had I expected might happen post-Potter (and, embarrassingly, searched for), but when the question was bro...
  • Susan
    This is a wonderfully entertaining new crime debut, which although it contains nothing amazingly original, works really well. Firstly, there is the main character, Cormoran Strike - a wounded war veteran, with a troubled past, damaged love life and financial woes, which see him sleeping in his office when we first meet him. Strike has left the army, which provided him with the structure and home life his mother never could, and set up as a Privat...
  • Namratha
    A first-time author who goes by the unassuming name of Robert Galbraith comes out with a mystery novel called The Cuckoo’s Calling . The book receives favourable reviews and is wholeheartedly accepted by the fraction of the populace that reads it.And then (and this I borrow from reliable old Wikipedia), the Sunday Times scratches it’s stubbly chin and wonders how a first-time author with a background in the army and the civilian security ind...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    Meet Cormoran's First Strike..His first 'Mystery' which haunt me from the early beginning,even the epigraph. Why were you born when the snow was falling? You should have come to the cuckoo’s calling, It starts When snow was falling..and a 'Cuckoo' fell...A famous model star fall off the balcony to her tragic death..the paparazzi gather around her body just as they did when she was alive..Her neighbor assert that she heard her arguing and shouti...
  • Nataliya
    “He had never been able to understand the assumption of intimacy fans felt with those they had never met.” I'll venture a guess that J.K.Rowling is not a stranger to this feeling. Propelled to household-name fame for her lovely gift of imagination, she gets to experience the uglier side of fans' adoration - the side that comes with suffocating hard-to-meet expectations and stifling atmosphere of demanding hype. Is it any wonder she'd look for...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    SOLID.It was a bit too long for my taste (I feel like it could have had a little less dialogue and such), but I really liked the characters! Strike and Robin all day.
  • Alejandro
    I like detective novels and I am a fan of J.K. Rowling, so when I found out that this "Robert Galbraith" was a pseudonym of Rowling, I thought that it was the perfect combination of elements that I have to read the book as soon as possible.I have to admit that in good amount of the book I wasn't enjoying it so much. I was feeling it too slow, and nothing exciting was happening, since Cormoran Strike, the detective, wasn't doing much just asking q...
  • Jane Walker
    I'm a bit puzzled by the rave reviews. It's okay, but a fairly run-of-the-mill detective story. A private eye with a silly name solves a murder mystery, and there is a long exposition at the end of the how and why. The characters are quite well drawn, and the writing is competent, but I wouldn't seek out any further books with the same star.I didn't know, when I reviewed this, that it was written by J K Rowling! But it doesn't change my view.
  • Diane Wallace
    Enjoyable read! good detective work,action pact,little mysterious and some interesting storyline..the only negative about this book-the plot was slow to get into but picked up eventually..nice ending which only leads to this story continuing..can't wait to see what happen in book#2 (paperback!)
  • Crumb
    A hard-boiled mystery about the suspicious suicide of a supermodel and a curmudgeon as the detective, who delves into the underground world of the rich and famous, daring to ask questions no one else will.This was the first book I've ever...wait for it... read by J.K. Rowling writing under a pseudonym as Robert Galbraith. Is this your reaction?Or perhaps, you look a little like this?I know, I know.. where have I been? How could I have never read ...
  • Philip
    3.5ish stars.Far from perfect, but far from awful. Despite its many faults it's never less than highly readable and fluid. It's never particularly pulse-pounding but it somehow always held my attention.It honestly isn't twisty or suspenseful enough for me. It's super streamlined and reads more or less like a series of neat, orderly interviews with each of the various players in the mystery. Even at the 11 o'clock reveal, there's never a sense of ...
  • Kai
    “How could the death of someone you had never met affect you so?”I remember being utterly and absolutely excited when I heard about a new J. K. Rowling. London, a detective and a dead topmodel. Yup, I was head over heels. So naturally I ordered it rightaway and started reading as soon as it arrived.I wasn't let down. While I remained a little skeptical about A Casual Vacancy (which in my eyes is unfairly rated - it's a great novel), I fell in...
  • manda
    16 Jul' 2013 Full confession: Pfft yeah, I totally did grab this after I heard it was written by JK Rowling? Mostly because I hadn't even heard of this book prior to the news. But the blurb itself makes it sound like my type of novel on a cold, rainy day, regardless of the author.Look, I'd like to pretend as if I were one of those people who wouldn't give a limp banana that Rowling wrote this book. I'd love to have the same level of self-restr...
  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    I’m about to reveal my secret!!!!!!!! I have purchased lots and lots of Harry Potter’s books – you know the time that every small and big kid wanted one….well, I gave them out as birthday and Christmas presents….but me…. I haven’t read any of them….though my son devoured each book and I have the entire series in my bookcase…I just haven’t had that “read me, read me” pull….Yes, truly!!!. I started book #1 and gave up afte...
  • Jon
    Check out Scott Reads It! for reviews, giveaways, & more! When it was revealed that J.K. Rowling had written a novel under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith; I knew I had to read it. Rowling filled my childhood with magic, intrigue, and beauty with her Harry Potter series so I was eager to read her sophomore adult novel. It angers me how Rowling was betrayed by a friend who had revealed that she was the genius behind The Cuckoo's Calling. Every cl...
  • Melindam
    I admit that I am not a great fan of contemporary detective fiction. I find most books are too grim, even perverted with gratuitous violence, or unnecessarily long-winded with too much forced, fake-philosophical contemplation from detectives instead of actual action.So I am happy to say that I enjoyed JKR's debut detective novel a lot. The minus 1 star is for the writing, which had a superfluity of totally awkward metaphors & "artistic" descripti...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    Oh, wow. I’m speechless. I am speechless at how bad this was. The only thing that kept me from quitting altogether was the characters. The only two, to be precise. I was more interested in Strike and Robin’s personal lives than that sorry excuse for a mystery plot. The entire mystery/thriller (?) element of the book and the investigation process were so painfully and mind numbingly boring that not only did I forget every single character the ...
  • Warda
    Book, I'm sorry I ever doubted you. Wow! This exceeded my expectations. I absolutely loved it! Why I was hesitant about it in the first place, I don't know, but I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I have. Such a fantastic start to a crime series I know I'll love. Should've known, really. As if you could expect anything less than remarkable from J.K. Rowling herself. Her majesty, the queen.
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Sale Alert: 19May19 Kindle Daily Deal $4.99After reading The Casual Vacancy I had decided that I probably wouldn’t read any of her adult fiction books. I didn’t expect it to be like Harry Potter but I really wasn’t expecting it to be more of a character study and it was really bleak. I was depressed after reading it. I mention this because I didn’t have very high hopes going into The Cuckoo’s Calling and therefore I am pleasantly surpri...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    1.) The Cuckoo's Calling ★★★★2.) The Silkworm ★★★--------------------------------------------------SO GOOD. I literally had NO IDEA who the killer was until the very end. Jo is such a clever woman!
  • Gail
    Two words for this: simply stunning.Cormoran Strike is my new hero. What an absolutely fantastic character Robert Galbraith has created. I just love everything about him, his size, his lovely caring attitude and his fearless quest to uncover the truth of the apparent suicide of Lula Landry, supermodel. Coromoran is hired by Lula's adoptive brother, John Bristow, to investigate her death as he doesn't believe she committed suicide, albeit the Poli...
  • Ships
    For me 5 stars, I stumbled on this by accident and glad I did..Strike ia a Cornish ex-military policemen, based in London, at a very low point in his life, Strike is sinking fast. I loved his clever, sharp stubborn character, especially the prickly ebb and flow relationship with his quick witted sidekick secretary Robin.The other plus for me was the twisty, story line, I did not guess who did it at all! was rather shocked in the end but in a good...
  • Reading Corner
    For me, this book didn't stand out especially in this genre. The plot wasn't very interesting and I only really found it exciting towards the last hundred pages. The best bit for me was the characters as I loved how well they were developed and how they interacted with others, especially Cormoran Strike.The story follows Cormoran Strike, a private investigator and ex military man who has been left with a severe injury as a reminder and has to cop...
  • Michael
    I root for this author to make a successful genre break from fantasy to mystery. The plot is clever and the characters wonderfully drawn, but the slow build-up and a bit of overreaching in the prose kept my overall pleasure level at about average. I am eager to see this novel grow as a series and have confidence it will do so. It seems fitting that just as a favored literary mystery writer, Kate Atkinson, moves into fantasy, this favored fantasy ...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    This novel begins slowly. I actually almost put it down but then I thought it's JK Rowling-give it a chance. Cormoran Strike is a down on his luck private detective. He has a famous father who he has no contact with, his live in girlfriend and he split up, he is living in his office, no money, one leg..the list goes on. He doesn't play the pity party though. It's just statements of life. He actually doesn't like people finding out those facts. He...
  • Eliza
    DNFAh, come on. Why couldn't I just enjoy a different series written by J.K. Rowling? I was really expecting to love this, which may be why I pretty much came to hate it. Or, at least I think so. What I'm trying to say is that my expectations were really high. I mean, really high. Still. I was so bored reading this that I opted to just sit and listen to music rather than read. And that literally never happens with me. I always read if I have time...
  • Kristina Horner
    Guys, I don't know what took me so long. I finally read this book, and I absolutely loved it.The writing is excellent. I did not guess the ending. The audio narration is superb. It reminded me of a sort of Doctor-and-companion meets Veronica Mars and I can't wait to read the next two.