Robert Galbraith (ahem, J.K. Rowling) is back with another finely woven mystery in The Silkworm, led by private detective Cormoran Strike and his trusty sidekick, Robin Ellacott.
Finding new success as a private detective after solving the Lula Landry case (The Cuckoo’s Calling) has kept Cormoran Strike busy, and paid. A case comes across his desk with the promise of little money, but Strike feels for the woman, Leonora Quine, who is looking for her wild author husband, Owen Quine, known for running off. When Owen Quine turns up most dead (and pretty disgustingly so), Strike is determined to solve the case for the sake of Leonora and her daughter.
As a writer myself, I enjoyed Rowling’s look at the literary world. We forget the characters behind the characters, so to say. I got the impression through the descriptions and characters themselves that Rowling was much more comfortable and at ease writing this book then she was in the Galbraith debut. She ‘knew’ these characters so well. It was evident she has found her voice when it comes to Cormoran Strike.
As always, I love the way Rowling weaves her stories together and mystery offers such an awesome medium to do just that. Her characters are vibrant and her descriptions of London make me feel like I’m there. I also felt like Robin played a bigger role, and the reader is given the impression that by book 3, she’ll be moving into a more permanent role as a Watson to Strike’s Sherlock. My only negative for this book, which may not bother other readers as it did me, was at the end. At the point when Strike had ‘figured it all out’, the reader was sort of left in the dark for a few chapters, until Rowling felt like it was time to reveal the information to us. It didn’t sit right with me at the time.
Overall, I loved the book and the characters and I’m very much looking forward to a book 3, which I’m willing to bet will be out in 2015, if it follows the current pace of 1 a year. The way the Strike books have been set up so far, it really could go on for a long time…if only we could convince J.K. that Harry Potter needs to continue on for infinity as well!
Karly Kirkpatrick would stay home and read all day if it were possible. When she’s not reading, she’s teaching stuff, writing, at the movies, or traveling. You can find out more about Karly at www.karlykirkpatrick.com, or look her up on Facebook or Twitter (@karlkirkpatrick).