Monday, Nov 17, 2014
Private Detective, Cormoran Strike gets roped into taking a case by Leonora Quine to locate her missing husband, with a somewhat dubious promise of payment by Quine's editor. In pondering why he's taken on such a ridiculous case, Strike comes to realize that he did it out of sheer boredom. Coming off the fame of solving the headline grabbing murder of Lula Landry (see: Cuckoo's Calling), Strike has made a bit of a name for himself amongst the rich and want-to-be famous. Trouble is, the only investigative needs they have are following philandering spouses and girlfriends. When what appears to be a simple case of a man hiding himself away turns out to be more than what's offered, Strike finds himself devoting more and more of his time to the case. Along the way, we get to hear some fun, gossipy scandals from the fictionalized publishing world. Strike's secretary, Robin, handles a few hurdles of her own between herself and her fiancé, Matthew. Matthew is suspicious, jealous, and generally unsupportive of Strike, and of Robin's working for him.
I love Cormoran Strike, and this mystery is wonderfully complicated, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes as to what's going on and who is doing it.