The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling

By , July 21, 2013


The Cuckoo’s Callingby Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling

The publishing world spent the last week catching up to the news that The Cuckoo’s Calling, a highly regarded first novel published this past April by first time novelist Robert Galbraith, was in fact written by J.K. Rowling. Bookstores and libraries are scrambling to replenish their stock of The Cuckoo’s Calling.

As the publisher,  Mulholland Books, restarts the presses here are a few titles to keep you mysteriously satisfied as we wait to read this summer’s surprise hit.

Before the world knew the famous author behind the pseudonym, reviews had come in singing the praises of the The Cuckoo’s Calling. Here are three astute authors who recognized the world class talent, hiding behind the veil of Robert Galbraith:

The Cuckoo’s Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place”, wrote Val McDermid, bestselling author of The Vanishing Point.

“…it’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. A beautifully written debut novel introducing one of the most unique and compelling detectives I’ve come across in years” - Mark Billingham, author of The Demands

“A remarkably assured debut. Robert Galbraith’s portrayal of celebrity-obsessed modern London is at once beautifully written and utterly engrossing, his characters so real you could eat dinner with them, his ever-coiling plot guaranteed to keep you up past your bedtime. I couldn’t put it down“,Owen Laukkanen, author of The Professionals.

Here are two world class mystery series to enjoy:

Check out Robert Crais’s series featuring  P.I. Elvis Cole, a Vietnam veteran, and his unusual partner, stone-faced mercenary Joe Pike.  This series is set in celebrity-obsessed Los Angeles.  The likeable Cole has a complicated personal life, as does Rowling’s protagonist, Cormoran Strike, a wounded Afghanistan war vet.  The award winning Monkey’s Raincoat is the title to start with here.

Jo Nesbo’s sophisticated crime series features Norwegian Inspector Harry Hole, a disorganized alcoholic who is nevertheless a brilliant crime-solver.  He often employees unorthodox methods to investigate crimes rooted in the modern social issues of Norway- including heavy drug use, prostitution, rape and organized crime- and Nesbo’s writing is superb.  The middle of a sultry southern summer is the perfect time to become acquainted with one of the leading crime writers of Scandanavia.  Start this series with The Bat.

Finally, two stand-alone, brand new mysteries to enjoy:  the nail-biting Silent Wife by S.A.Harrison  and the widely heralded Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda.

“The true mystery of the world is the visable, not the invisible.”  Oscar Wilde

- laurie & julie

One Response to “The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling”

  1. Bryan says:

    We have a podcast in the can wherein Mike discusses reading Cuckoo’s Calling when if first came out just because it looked like a good book. Look for that to go live in this space in early August.

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