“Career of Evil” by Robert Galbraith

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I’m so hooked on this series.  It’s killing me with the cliffhangers, and the creepy creepers, and the terrible fiancé!  I love it.  This one was a bit dark in the best way and I was legit creeped out.  I really hate being scared by movies, but there’s something I love about being scared by books.  Flashback to when I was a wee 9 year old, reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  I was alone in my room and I reached the part where Tom Riddle rearranged the letters of his name to be Lord Voldemort.  I was so scared, I had to stop reading and join the rest of my family in the living room.  Shocker that, as a 28 year old, I was thoroughly creeped out, alone in my room, reading a book by the same damn author.  JK – 2, Annie – 0.

 

“The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith

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Oh this was a fun one.  And quite graphic, I might add!  Props to RG/JK on that one.  I loved that she set this in the winter time.  It felt like a third character that just kept showing up to make everyone feel uncomfortable all the time.  Once again, I had no freaking clue who did it until the end.  That’s how I roll, though.  I know the next installment is currently being written, and I am pretty stoked.  This series has established itself as incredibly legit.  I love the continuing dynamic between Robin and Strike.  I love/hate the dumbass fiancé.  I love Strike.  They are such entertaining reads that I can see myself reading over again.  I’m on a pretty solid murder mystery roll right now.

“The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith

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I was going to make an Eminem/Slim Shady joke here, but then I came to my senses.  I enjoyed the CRAP out of this book.  I just think JK Rowling is wonderful at writing characters and relationships.  This Strike/Robin duo is FANTASTIC.  I am all in on Strike.  He’s just the right amount of snark without going full House M.D.

Another aspect I liked – all the pop culture stuff was pretty legit.  There weren’t any awkward “she put in her headphones and carefully selected Coldplay’s ‘Parachutes’ on her iPod” moments.  (Side Note: Fifty Shades of Grey is my FAVE example of this.  We’ll address this soon.)  What I mean is, when she writes dialogue for people under the age of 30, it doesn’t sound like a caricature of a young person.  (Point JK Rowling’s attention to her kids, I think.)

All that aside, this is just a great private detective novel.  It’s got everything – humor, relationship drama, gruesome murders, and lots of drugs and alcohol related activities.

Extra Feature: It’s British, so you get all kinds of fun British jargon and customs.

I say job well done, Mr. Galbraith.  I look forward to the next.