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The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike #1)

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The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.

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 credito
Hardcover, 455 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Mulholland Books / Little, Brown and Company (first published April 18th 2013)
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Jennifer Maloney I think it was because she wanted to see if she could be a mystery writer because she's good at it, rather than because she's the writer of the…moreI think it was because she wanted to see if she could be a mystery writer because she's good at it, rather than because she's the writer of the best-selling series of all time. Same reason Stephen King has an alias. Something about the fame makes people wonder if audiences actually like their work or are just buying it because of who they are.(less)
Marisa I've just listened to the part where Lucy tells Strike he should have married Tracey, so you're right. I also remember earlier when Strike was talking…moreI've just listened to the part where Lucy tells Strike he should have married Tracey, so you're right. I also remember earlier when Strike was talking about a picture (I think?) of some people from the army and Tracey was in the picture. He made a comment about how Tracey had married a mutual friend and had at least one kid now.(less)

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Emily May
Feb 3rd 2014 - Extra things you should know:
1) This is a negative review. If you are looking for reviews that confirm what you are already certain of (that JKR can do no wrong) here are some examples of positive reviews for you - 1, 2, 3.
2) I used some Mary Poppins gifs to make my point in this review. It seemed funny at the time. If you find MP gifs stupid/annoying/beneath you, then please feel free to go to the reviews I linked before.
3) I will no longer reply to comments saying I am stupid
Jane Stewart
Aug 02, 2013 Jane Stewart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Dull & tedious. I was frustrated with the style of writing. There’s no action. It’s all conversation. I wanted it to be over.

Private eye Strike is investigating a death. Throughout the book Strike has long conversations with many different characters. It felt like a courtroom, asking witnesses 30 or more questions one right after the other. Many of these were discussions about what “might have happened. For example “I don’t think he would h
Jason Lalljee
Jul 13, 2013 Jason Lalljee rated it really liked it
UPDATE 2: This is my final review of the book. Most of what I included in my preemptive thoughts is here, so you don't have to read this whole... thing.

Potential television series title #21: LONDON STRIKE

Alright, let’s address the hippogriff in the room: finding out that J.K. Rowling published a book under a pseudonym is something that I had I expected might happen post-Potter (and, embarrassingly, searched for), but when the question was brought up as to whether or not she'd write under one,
Mohammed Arabey
Jul 14, 2013 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing
أولي تحقيقات كورموران سترايك

في رواية ستـأسـرك من مشهد البداية
بالنسبة لي فقد أعادت ذكري حادث مثلها احزنني جدا والكثير من محبي السينما المصرية..حادث مقتل السندريللا

حيث تبدأ الاحداث في لندن بوفاة نجمة عروض ازياء"موديل" شهيرة إثر سقوطها من شرفة منزلها في الساعات الاولي من صباح شتاء لندن القارص بأحد الأحياء الراقية

يتزاحم المصورون علي جثتها لتصويرها لأخر مرة، كما تزاحموا عليها دائما بحياتها

جارتها تؤكد إنها سمعت صوت احد ما يتشاجر معها ثم رأتها تسقط..-وتكافأ جارتها بصورة صغيرة لها علي استحياء مع صورة ا
May 31, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderfully entertaining new crime debut, which although it contains nothing amazingly original, works really well. Firstly, there is the main character, Cormoran Strike - a wounded war veteran, with a troubled past, damaged love life and financial woes, which see him sleeping in his office when we first meet him. Strike has left the army, which provided him with the structure and home life his mother never could, and set up as a Private Detective. The only problem is, a lack of paying ...more
A first-time author who goes by the unassuming name of Robert Galbraith comes out with a mystery novel called The Cuckoo’s Calling . The book receives favourable reviews and is wholeheartedly accepted by the fraction of the populace that reads it.

And then (and this I borrow from reliable old Wikipedia), the Sunday Times scratches it’s stubbly chin and wonders how a first-time author with a background in the army and the civilian security industry, could write such an assured debut novel.

So, af
Mohammed Arabey
Meet Cormoran Strike..on BBC

Tom Burke, he's hot but I'll miss picturing him as Hugh Jackman :)

His first 'Mystery' which haunt me from the early beginning,
even the epigraph.
Why were you born when the snow was falling?
You should have come to the cuckoo’s calling,

It starts When snow was falling..and a 'Cuckoo' fell...
A famous model star fall off the balcony to her tragic death..the paparazzi gather around her body just as they did when she was alive..

Her neighbor assert that she heard her arguin
Jul 20, 2013 Nataliya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
“He had never been able to understand the assumption of intimacy fans felt with those they had never met.”
I'll venture a guess that J.K.Rowling is not a stranger to this feeling. Propelled to household-name fame for her lovely gift of imagination, she gets to experience the uglier side of fans' adoration - the side that comes with suffocating hard-to-meet expectations and stifling atmosphere of demanding hype. Is it any wonder she'd look for a respite in releasing a book under a pseudonym?

Raeleen Lemay
Jul 14, 2013 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, own

It was a bit too long for my taste (I feel like it could have had a little less dialogue and such), but I really liked the characters! Strike and Robin all day.
Jul 19, 2013 Alejandro rated it really liked it
Shelves: detective, novel
I like detective novels and I am a fan of J.K. Rowling, so when I found out that this "Robert Galbraith" was a pseudonym of Rowling, I thought that it was the perfect combination of elements that I have to read the book as soon as possible.

I have to admit that in good amount of the book I wasn't enjoying it so much. I was feeling it too slow, and nothing exciting was happening, since Cormoran Strike, the detective, wasn't doing much just asking questions to each witness and the events was gettin
Richard Denney
Jul 13, 2013 Richard Denney marked it as to-read
Did J.K Rowling out herself that she was the author of this book using a pen name or did someone else do it? I'm pretty sure she would have told the world if she WANTED people to know she wrote this, obviously she wanted the old feeling of people not knowing who the author is and now I feel bad for her. I'll read this eventually but I'm not shitting my undies looking for a copy.


yup, she didn't want her secret out yet:

"I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer," JKR said, "because be
Jane Walker
Jun 17, 2013 Jane Walker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm a bit puzzled by the rave reviews. It's okay, but a fairly run-of-the-mill detective story. A private eye with a silly name solves a murder mystery, and there is a long exposition at the end of the how and why. The characters are quite well drawn, and the writing is competent, but I wouldn't seek out any further books with the same star.

I didn't know, when I reviewed this, that it was written by J K Rowling! But it doesn't change my view.
Jul 13, 2013 Jon rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
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When it was revealed that J.K. Rowling had written a novel under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith; I knew I had to read it. Rowling filled my childhood with magic, intrigue, and beauty with her Harry Potter series so I was eager to read her sophomore adult novel. It angers me how Rowling was betrayed by a friend who had revealed that she was the genius behind The Cuckoo's Calling. Every cloud does have it's silver lining and now, mi
Jul 16, 2013 manda rated it really liked it
16 Jul' 2013

Full confession:
Pfft yeah, I totally did grab this after I heard it was written by JK Rowling?

Mostly because I hadn't even heard of this book prior to the news. But the blurb itself makes it sound like my type of novel on a cold, rainy day, regardless of the author.

Look, I'd like to pretend as if I were one of those people who wouldn't give a limp banana that Rowling wrote this book. I'd love to have the same level of self-restraint to cringe my nose in disgust and walk away f
Mar 26, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it
it was a good detective,action pact book,,,just a little slow to get going but ended good to move on to the next series ..can't wait to see what happen in book#2
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Oct 25, 2016 April (Aprilius Maximus) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
SO GOOD. I literally had NO IDEA who the killer was until the very end. Jo is such a clever woman!
For me 5 stars, I stumbled on this by accident and glad I did..

Strike ia a Cornish ex-military policemen, based in London, at a very low point in his life, Strike is sinking fast. I loved his clever, sharp stubborn character, especially the prickly ebb and flow relationship with his quick witted sidekick secretary Robin.
The other plus for me was the twisty, story line, I did not guess who did it at all! was rather shocked in the end but in a good way, having just read 2 out of 3 of the Larson Mi
May 07, 2013 Gail rated it it was amazing
Two words for this: simply stunning.

Cormoran Strike is my new hero. What an absolutely fantastic character Robert Galbraith has created. I just love everything about him, his size, his lovely caring attitude and his fearless quest to uncover the truth of the apparent suicide of Lula Landry, supermodel.

Coromoran is hired by Lula's adoptive brother, John Bristow, to investigate her death as he doesn't believe she committed suicide, albeit the Police do and have ruled it so. There is also the very
Reading Corner
For me, this book didn't stand out especially in this genre. The plot wasn't very interesting and I only really found it exciting towards the last hundred pages. The best bit for me was the characters as I loved how well they were developed and how they interacted with others, especially Cormoran Strike.

The story follows Cormoran Strike, a private investigator and ex military man who has been left with a severe injury as a reminder and has to cope mentally and physically with his injury. John Br
Apr 02, 2015 Kai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
“When you are young, and beautiful, you can be very cruel.”

I remember being utterly and absolutely excited when I heard about a new J. K. Rowling. London, a detective and a dead topmodel. Yup, I was head over heels. So naturally I ordered it rightaway and started reading as soon as it arrived.
I wasn't let down. While I remained a little skeptical about A Casual Vacancy (which in my eyes is unfairly rated - it's a great novel), I fell in love with The Cuckoo's Calling at first sight. The plot and
Robin (Bridge Four)
Jul 19, 2015 Robin (Bridge Four) rated it really liked it
After reading The Casual Vacancy I had decided that I probably wouldn’t read any of her adult fiction books. I didn’t expect it to be like Harry Potter but I really wasn’t expecting it to be more of a character study and it was really bleak. I was depressed after reading it. I mention this because I didn’t have very high hopes going into The Cuckoo’s Calling and therefore I am pleasantly surprised.

This is a pretty straight up who-dun-it. There isn’t a lot of action or anything like that it is an
Kat O'Keeffe
Jul 13, 2013 Kat O'Keeffe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic writing, wonderful characters, and a very clever & compelling mystery! Video review to come in the next few days! :)
Nov 30, 2013 Michael rated it liked it
I root for this author to make a successful genre break from fantasy to mystery. The plot is clever and the characters wonderfully drawn, but the slow build-up and a bit of overreaching in the prose kept my overall pleasure level at about average. I am eager to see this novel grow as a series and have confidence it will do so.

It seems fitting that just as a favored literary mystery writer, Kate Atkinson, moves into fantasy, this favored fantasy writer makes an excursion toward literary mystery.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was FANTASTICALLY well written. But I mean, no surprise there seeing as it was written by the queen. Only taking off a star because I wasn't completely wowed by the premise at first, but it definitely grew on me. I am SO excited to carry on and read more from Cormoran in the future.
Apr 01, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Into every crime fiction reader's life something like THE CUCKOO'S CALLING should sneak. Quietly delivered to the front door, unheralded (apart from a blurb comment from Val McDermid that should make you sit up and pay attention), decorated with a nicely atmospheric cover, with a blurb that doesn't quite telegraph exactly what is about to happen.

But you know it when it is happening. A feeling that this is exactly the sort of book that you've been looking for. It's the sort of book that makes you
The moment I came to know that this book was written by JK Rowling my reaction was something close to –


Frankly, would I have picked this novel up if I hadn’t learnt that this was written by JK Rowling? I don’t know. The cover isn’t eye catching and the blurb sounds like run in the mill.

On a cold night famous super model Lula Landry plunges to her death. After initial speculations of murder, the police rule the death as a suicide. But Lula’s brother, John Bristow refuses to accept that his sister
I went into this expecting very little but I came out of it, like a grinning kid, that has been given a pot full of candy. This book was Great!!! I love all the characters and the general pace of the book. Cormoran Strike has most certainly become one of my fave Private Detective. It was really refreshing to see that his character was one that was beautifully flawed. I really get tired of writers having all there protagonist as dazzingly handsome prince charming that are misunderstood. Strike's ...more
**4.5 stars**

The Cuckoo’s Calling is an excellent mystery with intense characters, beautiful imagery and an intricate plot that expertly melds the consequences of fame, psychological issues and questions of race. Before you continue reading, I’ll point out that this is a MYSTERY. If you don’t like the genre, you will probably not like it even if you are a great fan of Harry Potter. As the description points out, this is a mystery in the classic vein so there are no serial killers. Most of the bo
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike #1), J.K. Rowling, Robert Galbraith
عنوان: آوای فاخته کتاب اول؛ جی.کی رولینگ؛ مترجم: ویدا اسلامیه؛ تهران، کتابسرای تندیس؛ 1393؛ در 656 ص؛ چاپ چهارم زمستان 1394؛ شابک: 9786001821196؛
مترجم: حامدحسین دیزبند؛ تهران، نشر دامون؛سال 1393 ؛ در 214 ص؛ شابک: 9789642714377؛
کتاب دوم این سری: کرم ابریشم؛ و کتاب سوم: رد پای شیطان است
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دهم ژوئیه سال 2015 میلادی
نخستین رمان از مجموعه داستانهای جنایی کورمورن استرایک است؛ که به گفتهٔ نویسنده بیش از هفت جلد خو
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This is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.

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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
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