More detective-ing by Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, this time in and around Clerkenwell with occasional trips to Cornwall and elsewhere.
References to Robin using her “iPod” and “Oyster card” threw me for quite some time, until I twigged that it’s set in 2014. Even so, those still don’t sound right to me.
Also the paperback clocks in at over 1000 pages. Not easy wrangling a book that big in bed. So I’m glad I got to spend Spring Bank Holiday Monday reading it in the lounge. Thankfully it is a real page turner.
And it’s a smashing read. Old money on their uppers, posh people with ponies, Tory and Liberal MP shenanigans in the House of Commons and Socialist Workers Party activists agitating at the other end of the political spectrum, Cormoran’s chaotic love life and Robin and Matthew’s marriage (yes, sorry, spoiler, it did go ahead), the Uffington White Horse and the 2012 London Olympics. Plus Latin aphorisms and quotations from Catullus and Plato – and Ibsen.
Worth the wait and very happy to have found it in Hereford Library on Friday.
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.
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.