Want to Read Wednesday – The Cormoran Strike Novels by Robert Galbraith

Melanie’s Want to Read Wednesday #7


Source for The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm

TITLE:  The Cormoran Strike Novels

  1. The Cuckoo’s Calling
  2. The Silkworm

AUTHOR:  Robert Galbraith, pseudonym for J.K. Rowling


  1. The Cuckoo’s Calling – 3.78 out of 5 stars; 142,012 ratings
  2. The Silkworm – 4.03 out of 5 stars; 32,375 ratings


The Cuckoo’s CallingSynopsis Source

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .

A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London – from the hushed streets of Mayfair, to the backstreet pubs of the East End, to the bustle of Soho – The Cuckoo’s Calling is a remarkable debut. Introducing Cormoran Strike, it is a classic crime novel unlike any other book you will read this year.

The SilkwormSynopsis Source

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before…

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.


I am going to start off with a bit of honesty regarding my choice of reading these novels.  Like the majority of book people my age, I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter novels – I had grown up with the golden trio and was of course saddened upon coming to the end of their story.  I don’t exactly remember how I had found out about The Cuckoo’s Calling, but I remember that it was not long after it had been released that there was a lot of discussion occurring in regards to the book.  All of the sudden there was a major explosion of discussion when it was leaked that Robert Galbraith was actually J.K. Rowling writing under a pseudonym.  There were questions and statements flying everywhere about this discovery and everyone wanted to know why she chose to write under a pseudonym.  On July 24, 2013 Rowling stated that she was, “yearning to go back to the beginning of a writing career in this new genre, to work without hype or expectation and to receive totally unvarnished feedback,” (source).  This is a completely reasonable desire for an author, but I will admit that I don’t know if these books would have popped up on my radar as quickly as they did were it not for J.K. Rowling being their author.

Now, I am not saying it is strictly because of J.K. Rowling that I am going to read these novels because I am a fan of the crime, detective novel genre.  When I was in high school I spent a lot of my time reading whatever my mother finished reading and a majority of the novels she read included authors like Catherine Coulter, James Patterson, Carol and Mary Higgins Clark, etc.  This background and familiarity with the crime fiction genre certainly gives me a good reason as to why I would want to read novels like this, the fact that they are from an author I grew up reading just makes it even more interesting and intriguing.  I really look forward to experiencing J.K. Rowling in this new genre and finding a new crime series to read.

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