Followup: The Cuckoo’s Calling


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

Well, It’s been a few weeks and (apart from finishing A Dance with Dragons) I’ve finally finished The Cuckoo’s Calling. The result is…

It’s a good book–a detective story in the classic tradition–It reminded me a bit of reading Sherlock Homes when I was young. One thing I really liked was how the case did not involve a high profile serial killer with a freaky M.O.; my Fiancee has been reading Mo Hader’s detective series and I keep finding it odd that the tiny isle of Britain could house so many high profile psychopaths for so long, but only one of them is high profile at a time, despite them all having lived there, presumably, for years.

My only point of criticism, and this is minor, is that the author uses a lot of ‘telling’ where she could use some showing. All in all there’s a good balance of telling and showing when it comes to narrative, but the telling gets heavier when it comes time to make moral points.

I don’t read a lot of detective fiction, so I don’t have a great big frame of reference, but I enjoyed this one and I’ll look forward to “Galbraith’s” next Strike detective novel.

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