The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith

I got this when it was a 99p Kindle Daily deal - I didn't really like Harry Potter much but detective fiction is more my thing so I thought it would be worth a go.

And I quite liked it. I'm not sure it's fantastically great - it has a similar feel to Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie books but I wouldn't say it was any better than that. The protagonist, one Cormoran Strike, is the sort of thing you might expect: successful at what he does but with a mess of a private life, and a complicated history that makes for interesting diversions and plenty of old mates who owe him favours.

The case described here involves of the death of a supermodel, which means that Strike and his (supposedly temporary) assistant Robin bump into various celebrities during their investigation. And some of these felt a bit like they were actual people (e.g. Russell Brand) who'd been given different names in the book, rather than novel creations. That reminded me a bit of what Jonathan Coe did in The Closed Circle although maybe not so blatant as that.

But it was pretty enjoyable so well worth 99p.

Completed : 19-September-2015

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