Cuckoo and other mysteries

This post is by request. Yes, I did read The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling and here is the review/reflection on that book and some other mysteries I’ve been reading.

The Cuckoo’s Calling is a very nice mystery, featuring a private detective with an interesting past, his trusty and newly-arrived sidekick (Robin), and some questionable clients. Our Hero investigates a suitably twisted plot and, of course, solves it. I do hope this is not the end of the series. Rowling has something going on here. She gave us seven Potter books, why not seven Strike books? It would provide a nice set pattern. In The Cuckoo’s Calling Rowling seems to have found a good post-Potter place to land for the moment. Of course now she’s got that World of Potter movie that she’s doing the screenplay for, but I hope she doesn’t give up on Cormoran Strike and his detective agency. If you haven’t read The Cuckoo’s Calling or are uncertain about giving it the time of day, I do recommend it. It is a fun read.

I’ve also been re-reading the Lord Peter Wimsey set of books by Dorothy L. Sayers. I’ve not read the set from beginning to end for some time, as in since I collected the set lo these many years ago. (Hint on how long: I bought some new and one of these says $3.95 on the cover.) I frequently read selected parts of this set (Gaudy Night, Busman’s Honeymoon) but not the whole. I am really enjoying them. Bunter is great. So are all the other characters in the books. Miss Climpson, who recurs at intervals, is fantastic. She is a high-church spinster who investigates when Lord Peter needs her to infiltrate situations that call for her special skills. She also runs a “typing agency” which is a front for a bunch of women who rush about investigating fraud and other crimes.

Your local library may not have easy access to The Cuckoo’s Calling just yet (waiting list anyone?) but I’m sure that Dorothy L. Sayers books can be found there. Give Lord Peter Wimsey a read. He is very entertaining.


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