Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Mystery #1) by Liliana Hart

Diving back into my TBR list sitting on my Kindle, I’m not sure if I picked up this book because I was hooked on Pretty Little Liars and the cover reminded me of the series so I thought it would be cool. There really are no reasons especially when its really a shot in the dark and hoping that its a good read. I’ve never read anything from Liliana Hart before so let’s check it out!

Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Mystery #1)
By: Liliana Hart

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J.J. Graves has seen a lot of dead bodies in her line of work. She’s not only in the mortuary business, but she’s also the coroner for King George County, Virginia. When a grisly murder is discovered in the small town of Bloody Mary, it’s up to J.J. and her best friend, Detective Jack Lawson, to bring the victim justice. The murders are piling up. When a popular mystery writer shows up on J.J.’s doorstep with plans of writing his new book about the Bloody Mary Serial Killer, J.J. has to decide if he might be going above and beyond the call of duty to create the spine tinglers he’s so well known for. Passions are rising. J.J and Jack discover each victim had a shocking secret, and the very foundation of J.J.’s life is in danger of crumbling when it turns out she’s harboring secrets of her own—secrets that make her a perfect target in a deadly game. – Goodreads

Mystery/thriller/suspense are so hard to do well. I can tell you that this book has nothing to do with anything like the plot of Pretty Little Liars of course, as you can see in the summary above. The star of the show is J.J. Graves who is a doctor turned mortician who also shadows in this small hometown as the person taking care of autopsies which usually are just normal everyday natural or accidental deaths and nothing like murders until one murder after the next plague the town and it becomes apparent that someone from the town itself could be responsible and that the victims lead a much darker life than they lead on. Small towns are a great setting for murder mysteries because it keeps things confined whether in terms of relationships or just the possible suspects and gives it space to be easier to follow. For that, Liliana Hart did really good at setting up that stage. The mystery itself made sense and the big reveal also was logical and twisty enough to be a surprise.

Dirty Little Secrets is a pretty quick read because it keeps its length under control. It will have your brain wondering the whodunnit question. However, the book does have its downfall. One of the biggest ones is creating a character like J.J. who isn’t exactly someone we can care for. She is very human because of her imperfections however, she does have a generic personality as a mortician or even the big hidden secret reveal. Her conversations are uninspired especially as we step into the middle when she is infatuated by the stranger in the town while her best friend, the hunk and player of the town Jack fumes over her decisions. Now, what J.J. lacks, Jack’s character makes up a little for. He is still a little generic in his background but there are more layers to his personality and in the bits where he shows up, it leaves us wanting to know more about this character.

As the debut of a series, Dirty Little Lies does well to set up our characters and a look at the town setting. While there are some uncompelling and generic elements, there are still bits to retain it and if not that, the writing style here is a pleasure to read. It does leave me curious to see where the characters will go especially after getting through showing is the basics of this character in this first book that the next one will have more intriguing layers to work with. Maybe I will give it a whirl some time, just to see if its worth continuing to read the entire series, which seems to have ended at Book #4.5.

Visual Novel: LAQUE: Premonitions by Jean Fukuda Miyasato

One more visual novel before jumping back to actual novels.

This next one is called LAQUE: Premonitions. Like I said in the first visual novel post, I’m starting to grow a fondness for them. For one, they aren’t long and two, they have art to look at. Its like a picture book for grown-ups. Plus, the last one was not exactly what I expected a visual novel to be. If you missed it, you can find it here. This one should be a bit more interactive. Let’s see, shall we?

LAQUE: Premonitions
by: Jean Fukuda Miyasato

LAQUE: premonitions

If you knew that the girl you know you will die for a FUTURE know would avoid? Laque is a boy with a special gift, he often has prophetic dreams, and one of them manages to see his future love gives her life to save his, now have to decide whether to approach it or avoid it so as not to sacrifice for him. – Google Play Store

Laque is structured much more like what I thought visual novels are. This one has actual choices to decide on the path. It floats between the premonition ( maybe dream) world that the main character Laque resides in. At the beginning, we learn that he has a gift of premonition. Ghosts or images will show up that clue him in on the future events. Then he meets a girl in one of these who don’t talk. There are some blood and deaths and whatnot and now he needs to hunt down who this girl is and who the killer is to try to stop it.

The story itself is pretty basic but the idea here is pretty. The experience still left something to desire. For one, there are some unnecessary random cheap jumpscares here and there. Sometimes they caught me off guard, most of the time it was a WTF moment because it didn’t seem to fit with the story. Note that horror and mystery/suspense are two different genres therefore jumpscares are not necessary. The second point and also the last was the story and dialogue was really like watching an anime or reading a manga or whatnot but the words looked like they were being typed slowly on. I don’t know if it was for anticipation or to make the unveiling of secret feel more effective but in random conversations, it felt much longer than it needed to be.

To be fair, Laque Premonitions is pretty good. The lesson he gives at the end is a good one, at least the ending I got. I have a suspicion that there may be multiple endings. While thete are plenty of saves on the progression, the impatient me just couldn’t handle another session of slow dialogue particularly when Laque’s inner monologue could be sped up to show all at once and not thr actual ones out loud to other characters. Still, a decent experience other than some minor technicalities.

Halloween Marathon: Residue (TV mini-series, 2015)

As a little break in between the two featured franchises, I managed to finally check out TV mini-series Residue. I’ve been meaning to since I saw it on Netflix a few months ago but never actually got around to it. Residue is only 3 episodes long and each episode is about 40-45 minutes long. It is completely doable to do in one sitting. I took it as a movie which is generally the length of any movie now.

Let’s check it out!

Residue (Mini-series, 2015)

Residue

Director: Alex Garcia Lopez

Cast: Natalia Tena, Iwan Rheon, Jamie Draven, Danny Webb, Franz Drameh, Adrian Schiller, Eleanor Matsuura

The government cover-up of the causes behind a massive explosion in a futuristic UK metropolis spur photo journalist Jennifer Preston on to search for the truth and in the process blow open a paranormal phenomenon haunting the city.-IMDB

I’m not one to watch mini series frequently but Residue looks to have a well-crafted atmosphere or the poster shows it like that. On top of that, Residue has Natalia Tena and I absolutely loved her in Harry Potter as Tonks and even more in ….. There is something about her that makes her really fun to watch in her roles. Maybe it is because she shows off characters that are more of a tough and brave girl. Her roles show off a lot of personality and that is always nice to see. That is no differerent for Residue.

Residue

Residue is an incredibly atmospheric mini series. Plus, it has a rather unique take. The production setting itself attributes to it a lot. The mostly evacuated city and the quarantined zone both hold a strong contrast. There is a strewn of characters aside from Jennifer, Natalia Tena’s character, that take us to look at how people from different backgrounds and sectors of this new dystopian future world is reacting and adapting. A lot of the amusement of the series goes to this factor as we see the political side, the underground gang and even the police force and also the unnoticed that sneak around. No one knows everything but everyone seems to know a little as they each seem to be intrigued to find out more. And it is because of these range of characters that make us also want to learn more about what is actually going on after the explosion.

Residue

While Residue has a great production set and story premise and even really great cast in each of the roles, the one thing that lacks a little is the relationships between the characters. It is hard to care too much about a character when we don’t quite understand the importance of their roles to the people they are linked to. The mini series dumps you into the story rather quickly. We know that our main character Jennifer and her boyfriend Jonas are very much in love however we lose a sense of where it all lost track months later and its hard to pinpoint where they are in their relationship anymore. This has a lot to do with the fact that the mini series is only three episodes. If there was more time, probably more care would be place into building the characters more. At the same time, possibly the role that gets the most lost in the equation is the cop Mathis who we know has some sort of addiction or problem and ends up losing his daughter in the explosion. He looks like a rather young character so its hard to imagine that he did lose a daughter and we don’t have any pretext as to what went on and how he turned out to be like that. The devastation is expected but he seems to be the less developed character that may have gotten more especially with his turnout.

Residue

It is hard for me to look at Residue and not question whether it would have been a fantastic full series. There could be so many angles to take this especially with everything in place. At three episodes, there just isn’t enough to justify a lot of what is going on and many times, especially the ending, there is a sinking feeling of wanting it to be more. However, for some, perhaps this is the brilliance as it will leave the audience guessing the outcome in a rather open ending. Honestly, I like Residue a lot despite the minor faults here. In some ways, while I didn’t connect to the characters as much as I’d like to, the atmosphere resounded with me and got me a little creeped out and some genuinely chilling moments. And if this ever did turn into something with more length, I would be totally on board to see it built more. It would be fun creepy ride that just doesn’t seem to be in the TV market right now.

Have you seen Residue? What are some mini series that you like?

Red Ribbons by Louise Phillips

Its been a few weeks since a book review but I’ve taken some time to get back into a new rhythm. Its still a work in progress.  The good news is that I’m back to reading and I have book reviews for the next few weeks. I’m pretty happy about that. There is naturally no feeling better than sitting next to the pool under the sun and reading. That is one of the best feelings of summer. I’m still diving into the unread books on my Kindle so next up is a mystery thriller called Red Ribbons by Louise Phillips. I know nothing about this and have no expectations, which is probably the best way to start a book.

Let’s check it out! 🙂

Red Ribbons
by Louise Phillips

Red Ribbons

 A SERIAL KILLER. A missing schoolgirl is found buried in the Dublin Mountains, hands clasped together in prayer, two red ribbons in her hair. Twenty-four hours later, a second schoolgirl is found in a shallow grave – her body identically arranged. A hunt for the killer is on.
THE CRIMINAL PSYCHOLOGIST. The police call in profiler Dr Kate Pearson to get inside the mind of the murderer before he strikes again. But the more Kate discovers about the killings, the more it all feels terrifyingly familiar.
THE ACCUSED WOMAN. As the pressure to find the killer intensifies, there’s one vital connection to be made – Ellie Brady, a mother institutionalised fifteen years earlier for the murder of her daughter Amy. She stopped talking when everyone stopped listening.
What connects the death of Amy Brady to the murdered schoolgirls? As Kate Pearson begins to unravel the truth, danger is closer than she knows… The bad man is everywhere. Can you see him? – Goodreads

Red Ribbons was a downright surprise. While at part the story dragged on, the overall story had so many tense and chilling moments. Sitting in the mind of the serial killer, the criminal psychologist and an accused woman that everyone thinks is crazy has a whole new level of contrast in characters. In the beginning, its hard to determine what everyone is doing. You might not even know what the end goal of anyone is here. Thing is, these are all flawed beings and they have their own issues. As we peek into their lives and the case opens up and more information is discovered, the tone and effectiveness of the story really grabs hold. Its hard to fathom actually experiencing a murder like this one. Thing is, what everything means never becomes apparent until the last few chapters. It doesn’t have anything to do with the manipulation of surprises and twists like a lot of thrillers do. There is a care in building up so that the we start understanding and developing especially the serial killer and criminal psychologist.

I can’t say that there isn’t a bias on my part. I do love criminal psychology a lot. However, its the feeling of learning about the deep complex psychological aspects that us as humans have. The scariest thing in this world to me (even above my immense fear of ghosts) is the twisted human nature. Its why this intrigues me so much.  This is the true winner of Red Ribbons.  Its not hard to believe that the characters in Red Ribbons could exist in our world. They are made to be human as well as their reactions and their lives. Kate, the criminal psychologist, is accomplished and smart. She notices and captures the little details that others have neglected. However, despite all these abilities, it strengthens the fact that your pros professionally may be your downfall in your personal life and her life is fractured. She struggles to find a balance just like a normal everyday person (at least I can feel for her). Even Ellie, the accused woman has a strong voice. Her loss, her flaws, her self-blame and her hopelessness is actually a little heartbreaking to read. The scariest character has to be the serial killer. The twist is that we as the reader, know who he is the whole time. Not by name or specific character but he drops hints on himself and we start wondering who this person doing the narrative is and we also know his personality traits. The piece of the puzzle that we learn is his history and what triggered him to murder.

Red Ribbons is a great find and a well-paced read. There is no point to dive further into details because that just kills a thriller. The best way is to walk into this not knowing too much and deciphering for yourself. I promise you, I just scratched the surface. There is still so much to unveil. I urge you to give it a chance if you like mystery thrillers or criminal psychology investigations.

Netflix A-Z: Veronica Mars (2014)

Next letter is V! I love it when things go my way! I had wanted to add Veronica Mars (the movie) to wrap it up this month and I just couldn’t figure out where to put it, then one day last week, it just got added to Netflix. Its rare I’m so lucky but man, I’m excited. Veronica Mars ended the series in this middle of nowhere situation and I just couldn’t handle being left stranded wondering.  I can’t wait to see Veronica Mars and the crew even after 9 or 10 years or whatever.  I mean, to me the series ended like a few months ago.

Veronica Mars (2014)

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Director: Rob Thomas

Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Krysten Ritter, Martin Starr, Gaby Hoffman, Jerry O’Connell, Ryan Hansen

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown – just in time for her high school reunion – in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who’s embroiled in a murder mystery. –IMDB

The BEST way to wrap up this Veronica Mars business.  I mean, if they had a sequel, I’d be down for it.  Seeing as it was for fans, made by fans, it definitely helps.  There are so many little things that pay tribute to parts of the series.  Veronica Mars is still has her attitude.  She hesitates on whether she wants to get too involved in her past again but just the act of coming back shows that she is still has loyal as ever to her friends.  She is in fact a marshmallow.

The mystery itself was legitimately good.  It reminisced on what the cases used to be like and it involved the crowd.  The best part is that a lot of the same roles were retained by the same cast from the series, save for a few smaller characters that honestly, I didn’t even remember until I searched them up.  Other than that, they skillfully replaced the new faces with new roles and identities.  All that brings back a sense of continuity.  I wish more of my cancelled favorite shows had the following to make something like this to give it a more rounded ending.

What was great was that it emphasized on the few aspects that was important to the show (at least to me).

First thing was: Friends

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Reunion time is around the corner.  Wallace and Mac are both in solid careers with links to past relationships.  Its had to escape the rich folks of the 09ers elites and whatnot, right? Still, the sarcastic humor and little comebacks work so well together.  They are a silly bunch together and its just such a feel-good moment whenever they are together.  Plus, these friends know Veronica even after being apart for so long. Regardless of the situation, they still help her out.

Second: Her Dad

Veronica Mars

Nothing quite makes up for the fun relationship that Veronica has with her dad.  I love Enrico Colantoni.  I love him a lot in Flashpoint and as Veronica’s dad, the chemistry is different.  While they are really open and talk about many different things, he always looks out for her.  However, no matter what does happen, he still has thoughts that differ from Veronica’s.  He knows whats good for her and actually this time, Veronica knows what good for her.  She just doesn’t necessarily know how to pull her out of certain situations and maybe the thrill of the chase isn’t quite over for her.

Third: (and the BEST aspect) LoVe

Veronica Mars

You know what? I like a lot of on-screen ships and this one rings out chemistry the absolute most.  I love Jason Dohring.  Logan has the most growth in this.  He’s caught up in yet another mess. Veronica’s here to help again. But he’s changed.  He fights for the country now and is a lieutenant. He still has the same sort of drab sense of humor that he carries with him.  And he always picks the wrong girl but how can anyone be right when we know that while he’s a little dark and attracts all sorts of crazy to his life, that he is the perfect match for Veronica.  The chemistry was built so well here.  They seemed strange at first but then we saw the looks and glances.  I just love them! SO MUCH! 🙂

*takes a deep breath* Excuse my fangirl moment… I’m back to normal.

Point is, Veronica Mars stories have a little twist to them all the time but they are also a little predictable.  What I loved the most about Veronica Mars was her character and all the other characters, the chemistry and the attitude balanced each other well.  It just works good together.  This movie did exactly that.  At the same time, it paid tribute to the movie that if you are a fan of the series, you’d notice those little things. And if you’ve seen this, that last scene with Logan and Veronica got me right away.  I fell in love with them all over again. So yeah, I like Veronica Mars and went on to play it a few more times instead of writing NaNoWriMo or drafting blogs. That’s all I’m going to say.  I’ve tucked it away for a bit but I’ll take it back out again to watch it again. The ending makes a statement of Neptune and everyone involved that I do quite enjoy.

Are you fan of Veronica Mars? What did you think of the movie?

TV Binge: How to Get Away With Murder [Season 1]

How To Get Away with Murder is a show that launched in 2014 Fall season and man, the preview pulled me right in.  Except if you all know me well, I don’t exactly have cable or a PVR and I only use bunny ears (before at my mom’s, now I don’t even have that) and I’m all over the place, so no, I didn’t end up catching the show and then just fell behind. What’s great is that it landed on  Netflix a little while back. I made it my priority (after Veronica Mars) to get that done 🙂

Here we are! Let’s go!

How to Get Away with Murder [Season 1, 2014]

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Creator: Peter Nowalk

Cast: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil, Katie Findlay

A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.- IMDB

First of all, in the intial concept of How to Get Away With Murder, its already a pretty successful premise in itself.  We have separate cases in each episode that builds around the main mystery murder that involves what happened to a sorority girl called Lila Stangard and then hiding another related murder that could cause them all a lot of trouble.  As the first season starts wrapping up, we start merging the past with the present and what happens afterwards.  We get a lot of plot reveals and the twists and turns as they work with Annalise Keating and reveals the secrets behind each of them also.

The first few moments as Viola Davis, her character Annalise Keating, walks into the classroom and we scan across the faces of the law students that will be the stars here, the set up is done really well.  Annalise Keating herself is a strong and independent character and an extremely tough lady.  You know right away she’s a strong character. Her course is Criminal Law 100 or something and she calls it: How to Get Away with Murder.

How to get away with murder

I think there was one moment when I was 10 that I wanted to be a lawyer and that’s because a Hong Kong TV series that went on for multiple parts (also one of the most successful) was just so awesome to watch.  That thought quickly went away when I realized the shy girl like me wasn’t going to break out of my shell and start arguing my way into wins.  I can’t even do it for myself.  So, for me, Annalise Keating may have her unethical moments but the show never fails to help us see that under all that lawyer powerhouse that she carries, she still is very much human when she deals with her husband, her students and her co-workers.  She has her burdens and they shaped her to be who she is now, just like we learn one by one that her students all have their own characters and their own stories that make them who they are.

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Talking about her students, the stars that she chose to work for her law firm, we have the book smarts Michaela (Aja Naomi King), street smarts Connor (Jack Falahee), quiet shooting star Laurel (Karla Souza), overcompensating Asher (Matt McGorry) and waitlist Wes (Alfred Enoch). As much of a mixed bag as they are, they play off each other’s characters really well and creates some sort of balance.  We start off with Wes being somehow favored despite his lack of confidence and he turns out to be this guy who is all full of ethics and loyal.  It sounds bad but he kind of got on my nerves because while I can connect a little with his character, he was seriously so easily manipulated or at least it felt that way.  While, I can’t help but really like a very messed up Connor in all this unethical way because you know what, characters that start off bad have a way of developing the most. But then, I also like Laurel because while she is kind of annoying and really unsure of where she stands in everything and sits on the sidelines a lot, she has a mysterious personality that makes me wonder.  Aside from that, Frank (Charlie Weber) who is one of the assistants of Annalise are also incredibly fun to watch.  He has a little ship with Laurel and he is amazing.  I look forward to see how they continue his storyline in Season 2.

How to Get Away with Murder

We already started talking about familiar faces.  First, we have Matt McGorry in the main cast that was in Orange is the New Black.  Just like one of the prosecutors here are also from there as well. Then we have a few episodes with the wildly talented Marcia Gay Harden, playing as Annalise’s sister in law. Then we have my favorite character on this show, Ophelia played by Cicely Tyson as Annalise’s mother. That lady had some serious character.  That episode in particular revealed a lot about Annalise’s past making it one of the best episodes in Season 1.

I’ve tried to keep this completely spoiler free.  The setup and premise and even the character development were very intriguing.  There are some parts that drag a little but it usually manages to pick right up.  It manages to keep a relatively balanced storyline for us to connect with each of the characters. How to Get Away with Murder is a pretty good show and I look forward to catching up with Season 2 eventually.

Have you seen How to Get Away with  Murder? What do you think about it? Who is your favorite character?

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

How many of you are Harry Potter fans? I know I was and still am.  I’ve definitely been meaning to read that series again except I don’t own it so I’d have to either buy it first or go borrow it at the library.  Regardless, J.K. Rowling has really tried to get out of the shadow of Harry Potter and prove to us that she can be a writer for adults.  I remember reading The Casual Vacancy last year and really wondering how messed up that whole plot really was, except for the pacing not really to my liking and having way too many characters for me to follow quickly, my first glimpse of J.K. Rowling as a novel writer for adults wasn’t quite as impressive.  I guess that is why its taken me a while after owning The Cuckoo’s Calling to give it a go. Written under a pseudonym Robert Galbraith, this is a mystery/suspense series based on a private investigator called Cormoran Strike and it all starts with The Cuckoo’s Calling.

Let’s check it out!

THE CUCKOO’S CALLING

By: Robert Galbraith
 the cuckoo's calling

 Beautiful model Lula Landry was said to have committed suicide from jumping out her apartment window.  A few months later, her brother John comes knocking at the door of Cormoran Strike, a military police turned private investigator, living out of his office, for help to solve the case and prove that Lula was murdered. Wanting to refuse at first, on second thought, he decides to take it mostly for the money but as he dives deeper into the case, he starts questioning whether John is right that something else did happen to Lula and there’s something more going on.

Right off the bat, The Cuckoo’s Calling is more my type of book than The Casual Vacancy is.  I love mysteries and I really adore them.  If they have a good flow and nice ideas and a decent pacing, I can get right into it.  My issue with J.K. Rowling’s writing style is that she takes a while to set up her stories.  It didn’t have quite that problem in Harry Potter but for The Casual Vacancy that was a huge downfall.  For The Cuckoo’s Calling, its a lot better.  I was pulled into the story and the investigation a lot quicker as well. It could also be that The Cuckoo’s Calling has a nice palette of characters.  There’s a bit of everyone.  It also sets the stage for our new main character, Cormoran Strike who seems like he doesn’t have much going for him and he is damaged in his own way physically and mentally.  His love life is a mess and his career is hanging by a thread.  Things aren’t looking up but as we move along, we start realizing just how good he is at piecing things together.  Its a little hint of the famous investigators we see in more classic novels.  Hints because he can’t compare to Sherlock or Poirot but he is a smart man and one with deeper darker issues.  In this one, we really just scratch the surface and it’ll be interesting to see what happens because I’m sure if the Cormoran Strike thing works out, future books down the road will eventually drag his family into the mix.  Most books do that but then it also creates a deeper link to the readers because we can relate to the characters more.

There is one thing I do realize in J.K Rowling’s novels.  This one also has that is where there is a great amount of characters to work with.  I get that choices can’t be all limited and suspicions need to be cast on various people so that we get a nice intriguing and enigmatic reading experience especially in a mystery thriller.  Its kind of the basis of it all but sometimes when its a lot of characters and they don’t show up too often, it becomes hard to follow.  Maybe its just my reading comprehension is lacking but I get that feeling.  The Cuckoo’s Calling manages the multiple characters really well for the most part.  Except there are some secondary characters that fit into this relationship table that eventually does get a little more complex.  I have to admit that I got lost and had to step back and try to draw the lines as to what was going on.

However, the case itself is rather good.  It puts little hints along the roads but still successfully will make you wonder whether a few of the characters are there.  Cormoran Strike is somewhat like classic detectives who really keep their own agenda to themselves and have their assistants and others turn in circles as they oblige to his lead.  In this case, his assistant is also someone I’d like to mention.  This character of Robin is actually quite a nice character who balances that of Cormoran.  She helps set a balance and makes us realize that help the Cormoran needs even though he doesn’t realize it quite yet.  Its kind of a like a Watson to Sherlock Holmes.  Kind of but not really there just yet.

Overall, I’ve used a whole lot of words to say that The Cuckoo’s Calling is a good first book of a potential detective series with a new detective in town called Cormoran Strike.  With a helpful and dynamic assistant and his own investigative smarts, Cormoran Strike is a great character as a detective.  He has enough to drive some back story and enough to open up more cases that are intriguing and thrilling.  The Cuckoo’s Calling is well-paced mystery thriller even if there are some minor flaws here and there.  A very good book to start off a series and set the building blocks for the next one (which is already out called Silkworm).

Have you read The Cuckoo’s Calling? What did you think of it?