The Cuckoo's Calling
The improbably-named Cormoran Strike, a war-wounded vet with overdue bills to pay, has an equally improbable day; his fiancé dumps him, he accidentally hires a new secretary, and the biggest case of his career walks through the door. This is how Robert Galbraith’s (aka J.K. Rowling’s) book The Cuckoo's Calling starts out, and thankfully, it gets much better from that over-the-top introduction. When young model Lula Landry falls to her death from her balcony, family members deny it was a suicide. Strike is brought in to prove that someone killed Lula, and he digs up family secrets and plenty of red herrings. The reader of the audio version skillfully gives voice to Strike and his new plucky secretary, Robin, which made it hard for me not to eventually like the mystery as a whole. I’m eagerly awaiting the next in the series – Silkworm.