Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Good Read

Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in The Silkworm a new mystery by Robert Galbraith, author of the bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling

Never heard of Galbraith you say?

Well, you may have, IF you know that it's the pseudonym of J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. Pat and I read this Potter books which are  geared to juveniles and adults. Unlike those, this read is only adult reading in theme and language. It continues the investigative adventures of private investigator (PI) Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott.

Strike's PI business is on the upswing after he out-detected the police in solving the murder of a famous supermodel in The Cuckoo's Calling, Robert Galbraith's first book

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife, Lenora seeks Strike's help in finding and bringing him home. She's reluctant to contact the police as Quine has disappeared and returned before. When Quine is found brutally murdered in an abandoned house under bizarre circumstances (mutilated and doused in hydrochloric acid), this missing persons case becomes a murder investigation. Before his going off and subsequent murder, Quine had completed a Gothic fantasy manuscript, Bombyx Mori (latin for silkworm). It had the potential to ruin many lives — his wife, mistress, literary rival, alcoholic editor, and sexually repressed publisher as it contained libelous portraits of each and more. If published, many people might well have wanted Quine out of the way.

Quine had regarded himself as a genius, notwithstanding the publishing world's view of him as "arrogant" and "deluded." No one would have noticed his disappearance or even cared, if he  had not left this mysterious typewritten novel behind after telling his agent about it. Strike’s inquiries involve the world of writers, publishers, and agents with many twists; Ms. Rowling knows HOW to keep the reader guessing and does so in this lengthy novel.

A Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm are both self-contained novels with no
cliffhangers that required consecutive reading. Ms. Rowling can serialize better than most authors and puts forth enough details to move the plot, but holds back enough to fuel anticipation for a future work. It's expected that seven books are planned with the Cormoran Strike character, coincidentally (or not) the same as in the Harry Potter series.

The Silkworm is a mystery that held my attention throughout, but suspect interrogations grew tedious and often repetitive. At 455 pages, the book is a little too long. But to be fair, most of the Harry Potter novels were SO much much longer. Thankfully this novel has not followed that trend.

Read any good mysteries or suspense novels lately? — if so, feel free to share.


Sandra said...

i will check the library for these two books. i love private eye and mysteries..

Montanagirl said...

I have always like mysteries, but just can't read a lot the way I used to. My eyes still have trouble re-focusing after I read for awhile.

A Quiet Corner said...

Awwww...I already have a book on order at the library...:)JP

William Kendall said...

I've got this one and the first one on hold through our library to check it out. I tried the book she wrote, Casual Vacancy, but couldn't get more than a hundred pages into it before giving up. I've heard better things about these two books.

Daisy said...

Thanks for the review. I haven't read either of these two, although I've heard about them. I can't ever seem to find enough time to read all the books I want to read.

Debbie said...

i am not a reader but i know other bloggers who read really appreciate these reviews!!

nice that you enjoyed the book. the extent of my reading is limited to blogs!!!

Anonymous said...

I've only read her Harry Potter books and I do like them a lot. I've heard that she's a good murder mystery writer too soperhaps I should buy these books too. Must see if I can find them where I usually buys my books.

Have a great day!

barbara l. hale said...

I've read every novel she's written up to "The Silkworm" and I have that ready to go when I finish what I am reading now (or rather listening to as I love audio books.) I think she's an excellent writer. I just finished reading "Salvation of a Saint (Detective Galileo #5"
by Keigo Higashino and enjoyed it because I like mysteries set in other cultures. And I am totally hooked on the Department Q series by Jussi Adler-Olsen and can't wait for the next one to come out.

Anvilcloud said...

Noted. I had forgotten about Rowling's latest venture.

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