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Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find...more
Hardcover, 455 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Mulholland Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Alejandro
Wicked brilliant! ( Yes ;) Pun intended! )

If you are respectably active on the reading community, it will be no surprise that this "Robert Galbraith" is really the mega-famous writer J.K. Rowling, author of the ultra-mega-famous book series of Harry Potter. Why bother on making up the pseudonym when it was revealed after like two weeks when the first novel of this different series got out, that's a mystery to me! (Yes, another pun intended :P ).

Evidently the genre, topics and setting of the Cor...more
Aisling
J.K Rowling releases a novel under a pseudonym? Then announces that said novels sequel is already written and will be released in 2014??

This is how I imagine she looks right now.



Edit Feb 2014: We have a name, release date AND a synopsis?!?! Bloody hell!
Roch
Feb 17, 2014 Roch marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist
Mohammed Arabey
Welcome back to 12 Bar Cafe.. to Cormoran Strike's.
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Welcome back in London,and to actually Being Strike.
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I still see him as "Hugh Jackman" :),with some hair style to match..and Emma Watson as his adorable blonde, smart secretary, Robin.
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And Welcome to The Case of the Manuscript of....
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...Bombyx Mori
“...writers are a savage breed, Mr. Strike. If you want life-long friendship and selfless camaraderie, join the army and learn to kill. If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will g
...more
Nataliya
"...Writers are a savage breed, Mr. Strike. If you want life-long friendship and selfless camaraderie, join the army and learn to kill. If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will glory in your every failure, write novels."
And just like that, J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith takes on the familiar to her world of writing and publishing, bringing to light the petty conflicts, backstabbing attitudes, hurtful gossips and inflated egos. The bared claws and a...more
Ingzi Yan
How did the people rate a book not yet published? I am confused.
Krista
I love a good detective story and Galbraith really delivered on this one. Either she is a master of the red herring or I am an incurably gullible old sod because I was firmly convinced I knew who it was for two thirds of the book, only to have it turn out to be someone I never even considered suspecting. There were several twists that were surprising and intriguing. She plays with the concept of the manor house mystery by staging a convenient party for all of the suspects to attend where the det...more
Ashley
Update 7/29/2014: Ugh, this is going to be one of those reviews where I just flounder for things to say because a) I waited too long to write it, and b) I can’t really sum up my feelings into precise words.

The short of it: I really, really, really liked this book. I still don’t quite LOVE it, but I’m allllmost there. A couple more books should do the trick. (In fact, I did like it better than The Cuckoo’s Calling, although at certain points it was much more uncomfortable for me to read.) So, no...more
Jason
Reading J.K. Rowling’s writing for adult audiences reminds me irresistibly of bumping into grade-school teachers on the street. There’s the obvious comparison, of course, which is not having to pretend that sex and crass language don’t exist anymore, realizing your former educator is an actual human being, an experience, for some, that can feel surreal. If you’re really lucky, of course, you make friends with your old teacher, have coffee together. You start to view them complexly. Now that you’...more
V!cky
Update 21/09/14:
Rating: 4,25 stars.

My overall thoughts on The Silkworm were similar to those I had about The Cuckoo's Calling. It started out pretty slow-paced (the course of the investigation requiring many descriptive parts) and for a while there was a lot of random-sounding information, but once it picked up and I started connecting dots and making predictions (all of which turned out to be wrong; I royally suck at solving mysteries) I was totally HOOKED.

The mystery was very intriguing (a mi...more
Jill
The Silkworm is the tenth J.K. Rowling novel I’ve read. I believe that after ten often gargantuan novels I can make fairly accurate generalizations about her writing. And it saddens me to say that she keeps making the same mistakes.

Most glaring is her treatment of female characters. In the Cormoran Strike mystery series, we have another female character of much greater intrigue shunted to the side in favor of a male protagonist, aka Hermione Granger Syndrome. Robin is Strike’s young personal ass...more
Karl
As much as I enjoyed the first Strike book this second venture was rather a let down. What we have in "The Silkworm" are alternating chapters of the main character lamenting about the pain he is suffering from his injured leg, and his assistant Robin suffering from angst about her relationship with her soon to be husband. These concepts were rather new and interesting in the first installment, but have grown weary and tiresome being constantly replayed in this second. The pair travel from bar to...more
Michael
This was great for solidifying my affections for the characters of private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin. The task of solving the mystery of the disappearance and murder of an egotistical writer was not so compelling for me. Something in the author’s latest submission, a vicious fantasy, may hold clues to a motive of revenge over truths exposed in it. Strike’s investigations put me in the middle of the incestuous world of writers, their agents and groupies, and publishers. I...more
MwN2
When Val McDermid reviewed the first Robert Galbraith novel, she praised the book saying that it incorporated the best of the traditional mystery fiction and private-eye pace. The first one was good, but the second one was prone to get bogged by the 'Second Book Syndrome'. But once again proving Val McDermid’s opinion right, nothing as such happened, and the book proved to be fast and highly entertaining. Cormoran Strike, professionally busy and more famous after solving the Lula Landry case, ge...more
Ferdy
2.5 stars - Spoilers

Disappointing, it wasn't awful but it wasn't good either. It was all rather predictable and generic, I wouldn't have minded the cliches and obviousness of it all if the main characters (Strike and Robin) had stood out in some way. Sadly, they didn't. I didn't care about either of them… I actually kind of hated both.

-I wasn't a fan of the writing, there were a number of times where I came across sentences that didn't flow very well. Some of the more 'difficult' words seemed t...more
Phrynne
I think I probably enjoyed this even more than I did The Cuckoo's Calling because now I know and like the characters, especially Cormoran and Robin, and I love the interactions and dialogue between them all. The English setting of the book made me a little homesick for the land of my birth! I know Yorkshire and Cornwall very well so as the action moved from London to Masham to St. Mawes I was in my element. As well as all this The Silkworm is a great story, full of intriguing twists and turns an...more
Raely Qiu
I'd say the journey was 3/5 and the resolution was 4/5 in The Cuckoo's Calling. In The Silkworm, the journey was 4/5 and the resolution 5/5. With a stronger build up, more intense (and interesting) mystery, and a much more shocking twist (that was better executed/set up in retrospect), I'd say that The Silkworm is proof again that a smart book need not be boring. There's a lot I could say about how much I admire Rowling for writing with a truly different voice, but the work truly speaks for itse...more
Mickey
Jul 10, 2014 Mickey is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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I AM SO FREAKIN' EXCITED.

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This is how I imagine Rowling picked up this pseudonym.

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Pretty please, give me a copy of The Silkworm. I want to read it. Now.

''I don’t like to be kept waiting''

-Hermione Granger

Edit 6/4/2014: Only 15 days for the publication date!

Edit 6/5/2014: Here's the excerpt of the book: my link text

Lisa Vegan

This was so much fun to read as a buddy read with my Goodreads friend, Laura. She kindly waited for my library copy to arrive and then was very patient with my reading pace; we stayed practically in sync the entire way through the book, and that made the experience really fun.

I love J.K. Rowling, as a writer and a storyteller, and as a person, and I’ll most likely read any book she writes.

I do prefer cozy and/or humorous mysteries. This one had too much gore for me, though thankfully the violen...more
Ivonne Rovira
J.K. Rowling returns with The Silkworm, her second novel written as Robert Galbraith and featuring the damaged but good-hearted soldier-turned-private detective Cormoran Strike; despite all the palaver about disappointing sophomore efforts, The Silkworm proves even better than The Cuckoo’s Calling.

That’s perhaps because Rowing explores territory that’s much more familiar: Rather than the modeling world examined in The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm explores the backbiting, insular world of publi...more
Carole
Damn! Back to reality, now that I've finished this book. The Silkworm is great, better than great, actually, it's a brilliantly executed murder mystery with a thumping pace, witty plot and decent characterisation.
Set in the murky world of writing -and more pertinently publishing - Galbraith (yeah, I know it's JKR really) delivers clever asides about that world and its people that had me alternately grinning and cringing. I don't want to spoil, so I won't, but the description of a male writer wh...more
Wart Hill
This is such a great book.

Such a great series.

Strike and Robin continue to be wonderful characters with great interaction. I love that Robin has Matthew and there's nothing between her and Strike besides wonderful camaraderie and friendship.

I love the mystery. The colorful cast of characters who come into the scene from the victim himself to Michael Fancourt in all his awfulness to Orlando. OH ORLANDO! <3. I love Leonora. Omg I love her. I love her personality.

God. This book is brilliant. I c...more
Stephanie
Wow, that Robert Galbraith can really write!

Hahaha, we all know JK Rowling is the gal behind the pen of Robert Galbraith, and she has done it again with a second novel featuring Cormoran Strike and his lovely assistant, Robin Ellacot. This time Cormoran is contacted by a woman who would like him to find her missing husband. The missing man is former literary celebrity Owen Quine, who long ago wrote a bestseller but whose fame has now faded, much to his dismay. Quine has been known to disappear f...more
Linds
Oct 31, 2013 Linds marked it as to-read
I'm so glad there's a sequel planned Strike (and Robin) are great and I'd love to see more mysteries with them in it!
Kacey Gilpin
Cormoran Strike is becoming one of my all time favorite literary characters. His grit, shrewd observation skills, and even his less-than-perfect life, leave the reader surprisingly charmed, and ultimately dumbfounded as he solves the murder case. In this installment of the Cormoran Strike series, we also become more familiar with Strike's assistant, Robin. She becomes more central to the investigative work than she was in the last novel, as she and Strike start becoming more of a team. As always...more
Lady*M
4.5 stars

I wrote a LONG, detailed review and then accidentally hit refresh... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!

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I will probably write the review again... when I get my temper under control again.

Until then, in a nutshell...

It's a good book, good mystery, Cormoran rocks, read it.

EDIT: One HAPPY fact - there will be seven Cormoran Strike books.

Review at last:

As a long-time mystery fan, I can attest that The Silkworm is a very good mystery. The new Rowling as Galbraith fan can tell you that she makes book exce...more
Mith
The characters! My god, the characters!
Kaethe
Rowling continues to impress me. She's got a good set-up for her series: Cormoran has an elaborate backstory, Robin has an elaborate backstory, and they both have somewhat complicated romantic lives during the events of the book (by way of contrast, we never learn much about Marple or Poirot as people outside of their detection). And then she comes up with a complicated plot about publishing, a white male dominated business about which she surely knows a great deal, at all levels. And on top of...more
SC Author
Feb 16, 2014 SC Author marked it as to-read
I AM SO SO SO EXCITED!!!!!
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This is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.

NOTE: There is more than one author with this name on Goodreads.
Robert Galbraith - Marine Biologist

Rowling was born to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Rowling (née Volant), on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Bristol. Her m...more
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“...writers are a savage breed, Mr. Strike. If you want life-long friendship and selfless camaraderie, join the army and learn to kill. If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will glory in your every failure, write novels.” 34 likes
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