This was a bargain-bin find for me, but it’s not a bargain-bin read. This was Rowling’s first novel as Galbraith, and it was so good that I want to read the others.

I’m a sucker for a good mystery/crime novel/political thriller, so the story of a wounded, indebted private investigator in London hit all the right notes for me. Cormoran Strike has a hard edge and a secret (other than his amputated leg, which he doesn’t like to talk about either). Joining Strike is temporary receptionist Robin Ellacott, whose pluck and initiative warm both Strike’s and the reader’s heart.

This novel’s conclusion was satisfying, and it’s one where I didn’t know¬†the killer’s identity until the reveal: definitely a sign of a good story.