The Cuckoo’s Calling

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The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

Published September 25, 2013 by bibliobeth

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

What’s it all about?:

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 is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

What did I think?:

There’s been a lot of publicity about this book, as there always is when a psudonym is revealed to be one of our most famous authors, trying her hand at a spot of adult crime fiction. Our main character, Cormoran Strike, is one of the most mysterious and compelling main characters that I have read in recent times. He works as a private detective, but business has been a bit on the quiet side, so when John Bristow walks into his office, requiring his services to investigate the death of his sister, supermodel Lula Landry, which he considers to be suspicious, Strike is propelled into a world of broken families, the insistent paparazzi, dodgy deals, drugs and a bit of rock and roll, which Strike is no stranger to himself.

However Strike has more than a few skeletons in the closet himself. The author teases us with tidbits of his life, without every saying too much so the reader is kept intrigued and on tenterhooks as to what is going to be revealed next, if at all. His main issue at the moment is that he has a prosthetic leg, after part of it was blown off while he was serving in Afghanistan, but he is desperately secretive about this fact, and tries to keep his limp under wraps when in company. We also learn that he has just escaped from a toxic relationship, and as a result, has to live in his office, with just a camp bed as his luxury, but again, not many details are given about the woman he has left, leaving the reader craving more. What else? Well, he had a relatively disrupted childhood with an unfit mother, he has a rock and roll father that he never sees, and numerous half-siblings dotted about the place. There is so much depth and layers to this character that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about him and definitely cannot wait to find out more – I get a sense we have only just scraped this surface with this one!

As for the plot in general, I thought it was a brilliant and exciting read, which put me in mind of some of the real classic crime fiction that we used to see. No frills, nothing fancy, no head-spinning twists, but just a good, clean mystery to unravel which was very refreshing. In fact, I only have one little niggle with this book, I would have loved for the character of Robin, Strike’s secretary to be a little stronger. Perhaps it was because Strike is such a prominent character himself, but it would have been nice if she had been better defined. As for the author writing under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, I completely understand her reasons behind it  (why should you be so negatively or positively rated on just your name anyhow?) and sympathise that it came out before she was ready for the world to find out. I’m hoping that this is going to be a series of books, as it is advertised as Cormoran Strike #1, as I can’t wait to delve a little deeper into Strike’s enticing world.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):


WWW Wednesday #18

Published September 18, 2013 by bibliobeth

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading, thank you MizB!

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?


This is an “add-on” novel from the Uglies series, which I have thoroughly enjoyed so far. Not sure about this one to be honest when compared with the other three books in the series, but I shall persevere!

What did you recently finish reading?


Karin Slaughter is one of my favourite authors, and this is one of her shortest stories, in keeping with my Short Stories Challenge this year. My review will be up soon.

What do you think you’ll read next?:


I’m ever so excited about getting round to this one. For anyone who has been living under a rock, it is a very famous author pseudonym!

What are you reading this Wednesday? Please leave your link and I’ll come visiting! Happy Reading Everyone.

A-Z Book Survey

Published August 15, 2013 by bibliobeth


I came across this survey from my sister’s blog and it looked like a lot of fun! You can see her answers HERE.

This survey was initially compiled by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. Thank you to her! Check out her post HERE

Author you’ve read the most books from:

No surprise here, Stephen King. For me, there is a reason why his surname is KING.

Best Sequel Ever:

This is an easy question for me, it would have to be Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons. Her first book is The Bronze Horseman and to be honest, took my breath away. The sequel definitely complemented the first book!

Currently Reading:

The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Simon Mawer.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Tea, tea and more tea!

E-reader or Physical Book?

Both! Kindle for convenience, real book for looky, smelly, touchy. (oh dear)

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Fitzwilliam Darcy – Pride and Prejudice. (SIGH) His attitude might actually have made me more interested!!

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I really didn’t expect Sherlock Holmes to be this exciting!

Hidden Gem Book:

Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn. Ancient Rome, gladiators, a bit of gore and romance. What’s not to like? LOVED this book.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

I have to say, it’s the same as my sisters. Starting this blog has been one of the best things I’ve done literally speaking (haha). I read from so many different genres that I wouldn’t have touched before, I’ve had some great recommendations, and met some really nice people!

Just Finished:

I’ve just finished Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver which was excellent.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’d like to think I read quite a wide selection of things, but I don’t really enjoy anything too fluffy or chick-litty. A bit of fluff is okay (I suppose) but not if it edges into mature cheddar cheese!

Longest Book You’ve Read:

The Lord of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien at 1,216 pages, individually Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

Major book hangover because of:

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. I loved that book so much I just wanted it to go on and on.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Uh-oh. This is where my book obsession borders into insanity. Two large ones in the sitting room jam packed to bursting. (I call it Book Corner). Two slim tall bookcases in the bedroom and er…. maybe one or two bookcases worth at my parents house?

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

It – Stephen King. Amazing and terrifying and never fails to give me chills every time I read it.

Preferred Place To Read:

I have quite a long journey to work so I love to just escape into a book on the tube. Saves me having to make eye contact with any dodgy people as well, haha.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

 “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
―     Eleanor Roosevelt,     This is My Story    
A great motto for life as well I think!

Reading Regret:

Spending so much time reading thrillers. Not that I hate thrillers, I love them! But at one time, they were all I read, I’m so glad I now read a mixture of different genres.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

I need to finish the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. Pandemonium is coming up on my list pretty soon but I’ve just got so many books to read.

Three of your All-Time Favourite Books:

In no particular order..

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  3. The Green Mile – Stephen King

(Wow that was hard! I have too many all time favourites!)

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Quite a few people (I promise I won’t mention King again…). I’ll say Philippa Gregory, I love almost all her novels and get very excited when one is due to be released.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Dr Sleep – Stephen King. The follow up to The Shining. Oh damn, I mentioned him again.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Being maybe a bit TOO control freakish with lending my precious books. Please don’t break their spine, I can’t take it!!

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

This is based on my Kindle in alphabetical order as I’m not at home at the moment: Annexed by Sharon Dogar.

Your latest book purchase:

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (spoiler alert) J K Rowling!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Amazing!
Please feel free to leave your link to your A-Z book survey and I’ll come take a look, I’d love to see some of your answers!