Why, why, why, WHY did it take me almost a year to get around to reading The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013)? I mean, The Casual Vacancy made me a little gun-shy for J. K. Rowling’s non-Harry Potter stuff, but The Cuckoo’s Calling is so much better! You already knew that “Robert Galbraith” was a pseudonym for Rowling, right? At this point I’d be surprised if this was news to anyone… Refreshingly, this book is devoid of love triangles! While this is a huge pro for me, there is plenty more to love. The actual mystery that is central to The Cuckoo’s Calling is compelling, if ever so slightly calculable. Then again, I read a lot of Agatha Christie (I heart Poirot so hard!). But what really sold me on this book was the main character, Cormoran Strike. Rowling excels at writing amazing and loveable characters, and this new series is no different. Strike is a straight-talking private detective whose luck has almost completely run out. I picture him as a little awkward and a little charming; some kind of Nathan-Fillion-meets-Humphrey-Boggart personality. At the outset of the novel, Strike is pretty much at the lowest point of his life. But both this case and a new assistant walk into his failing office on the same day, and things start to look up. The temp, Robin Ellacott, is also pretty awesome. I was afraid Rowling might turn her into a version of Miss Moneypenny, but Robin actually gets a personality! She’s smart, astute and adventurous, and I’d like to read more about her. I think what I like most is the dynamic between her and Strike. She’s not some vapid arm candy, she’s a valuable partner. And while I’m quietly shipping them, I think they could just as easily keep their relationship professional and platonic and maintain a good dynamic. I read this just in time, apparently, because Cormoran and Robin are back in The Silkworm (2014), set for release June 24th!! My question is, why publish it as Galbraith? Is there any point in a pseudonym when everyone knows the truth?