Recommended by Maggie Millar
Well, well, no doubt everyone is aware that author Robert Galbraith‘s debut novel was recently revealed to be the work of none other than JK Rowling. But after all that brouhaha, is the book any good?
Actually, yes. Set in London, the story begins with the supposed suicide of supermodel Lula Landry who falls to her death from a posh balcony on a snowy winter’s night.
Three months later private detective Cormoran Strike - a hard-drinking, one-legged army veteran on the verge of bankruptcy - agrees to re-investigate the case.
And, as Strike digs deeper into a world characterised by fame, fashion and paparazzi flashbulbs, readers enjoy a riveting ‘whodunnit’ revelling in the seedy underbelly of modern celebrity.
It’s obvious the author was a woman - would a man have Strike take a breather outside the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa?
Trifles aside, Rowling has an amazing ability to bring the characters to life and this is a gripping read.