The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

It’s been a busy 6 months for Denmark Street duo Private Detective Cormoran Strike and his PA-Assistant Robin Ellacott, with plenty of customers attracted to the rock-star’s-illegitimate-son-cum-smarter-than-the-Met solver of the Lula Landry case. Most of them are rich people wanting to keep hold of their riches, usually at risk from lovers or spouses, or simply themselves… and so it comes as no surprise that Cormoran agrees to take on a missing person case when the wife of niche novelist Owen Quine asks Cormoran to track down her wandering spouse and to get him to return home.

In this second encounter with Cormoran Strike we meet more of his friends, and see more developments in his and Robin’s working relationship, and the parallel rocky relationship between Robin and her fiancé, Matthew.

Author’s webpage: The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

Afghanistan veteran, amputee and Red Cap turned Private Detective, Cormoran Strike is asked to investigate the apparent suicide of a young model, the adopted daughter of Sir Alec and Lady Bristow, by her (also adopted) brother John, whose elder brother Charlie (also adopted) had been Cormoran’s best friend until 10 year old Charlie’s accidental death in 1983.

Cormoran’s family set up is just as complicated – which contrasts with that of his new temp secretary, down to earth Yorkshire lass, Robin.

Good characters + plenty of twists and turns = an enjoyable read. And so it’s not that surprising that it’s going to be turned into a TV series.

Author’s webpage: The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith