J. K. Rowling writes great mysteries too
Last year Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith was published and received great reviews. Then it was revealed the Galbraith was really J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. Rowling has shown that she can write mysteries as well as fantasy with the Cormoran Strike series under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The next book in the series after Cuckoo’s Calling is Silkworm and was recently published. This is a traditional hard-boiled procedural mystery. London P.I. Cormoran Strike got some fame from solving the Lulu Landry case in Cuckoo’s Calling. Cormoran lost a leg as a soldier in Afghanistan and is the illegitimate son of a famous rock musician. Leonora Quine asks Cormoran to find her husband, a flamboyant, arrogant, author. He wrote a book (not yet published) Bombyx Mori (Latin for silkworm) that has scathing references to people in the literary world, and he is now missing. There are plenty of people who would have been unhappy about the book or that have motives for his disappearance: his agent Elizabeth Tassel, his editor Jerry Waldegrave, his publisher Daniel Chard, and rival author Michael Fancourt. Then Cormoran finds Owen’s body in an unused house that Owen and Michael co-owned. The murder was gruesome and reflects incidents in Owen’s book. Cormoran is helped by Robin, his assistant who is eager to learn the business even though her fiancé is against it. Lots of London atmosphere, gritty at times, and very well done.