Book #81: Career of Evil

Robert Galbraith, Career of Evil, 2015, 489p

Since kicking off this blogging adventure, I have read all three of Galbraith (aka Rowling)’s books. (see reviews here and here.) One I enjoyed, the other not so much. So I was interested to see if the third time was the charm.  (Yes, Prisoner of Azkaban was actually my favourite of the series, so I had high hopes.)

In this case, book three seems to be my sweet spot.

Our unlikely heroes Strike and Ellacott are at it again. When Robin receives a severed leg in the mail, the daring duo set out to find the sicko killer, all while the police department put it on the back burner. Strike soon realizes this case is personal and narrows it down to three suspects – all from his deep dark past.

I REALLY liked that we got to know Cormoran and Robin better in this book. Robin always seemed flat to me until this book. The will they?/won’t they? game is STRONG with this one – culminating in a cliffhanger ending. (Is it all really over?!? Obvi not, when there is a fourth book in the works). And FINALLY Cormoran has given up on Charlotte – which is refreshing.

All in all, I liked this book best of the series. Character development ALWAYS wins out for me over grossness.



Book#71: The Silkworm

Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm, (2014), 455p

I don’t know how I became a fan of mysteries again. Likely due to these Cormoran Strike novels, I suppose. I used to LOVE mysteries. And by mysteries, I mean that Mary Higgins Clark used to be my preteen jam. Her Stillwatch novel was the first adult book I ever ordered from Scholastic. (But like seriously, how was that even an option to order?!?) I devoured many of her books (and typically figured out who the killer was at the beginning due to her cookie-cutter plots).

But, enough reminiscing. Back to this book.

Cormoran is back. This time, Strike and his faithful sidekick, Robin, are hired to track down the ghosted Owen Quine, super pompous writer extraordinaire, by Quine’s wife. He’s disappeared before, but typically comes home with his tail between his legs soon after. But there is more than meets the eye to this case, when Strike discovers that Quine has completed his latest novel – complete with rank and divisive characterizations of himself, his friends and coworkers. When Quine is found in a similar situation to his self-penned persona, Strike and Robin must uncover who had the most to lose.

I will admit this novel is my least favourite of the bunch. Likely due to it’s confusing as all hell characters. It reminded me of Game of Thrones, in that I needed a character cheat sheet listed in the back (Seriously, I used that list in GoT likely a million times). It was dark and twisty and angsty, but didn’t grab me like the previous book.

Still a far cry from Harry Potter though.

Book #41: The Cuckoo’s Calling

Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling, (2013),455p

I swore I wouldn’t read this book. I honestly don’t know why I was so against it – probably due to the fact that Harry Potter holds such a perfect little place in my heart. I hated the hype around this book. It basically came out as a nothing release until it was “leaked” that it was by JK Rowling (ie. clearly announced by the publisher to gain attention and in turn, have huge sales).

But, I was browsing eBooks to read on my vacation and it was actually available. So naturally I downloaded it to read on my trip and naturally I finished it before I was even at the airport.

When supermodel Lulu Landry turns up dead, apparently by suicide, private detective Cormoran Strike is hired by her brother who believes there was foul play. Strike is down on his luck (and down one leg) and will take any chance to make some real money. With a new receptionist by his side, Strike jumps into the case.

Honestly, this was a decent mystery. Yes, it was a little predictable and yes, it was a little convoluted at times, but it captured my interest. Enough for me to power through it and have to find new reads for my beach vacation.

I will pick up the next Cormoran Strike novel. I typically root for the underdog.

2015 Reading Challenge: Mystery or horror novel

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂