Once more we have Cormoran Strike and his partner Robin Ellacot knocking it out of the park in this detective series. There are so many investigations they are juggling yet you won't be confused by the storylines as they are clearly explained.
I will say up front that I have seen very mixed reviews on this novel based on everything from the length of book to how fast the plot advanced to plain hate over J.K. Rowling and her opinions. On Goodreads I have seen a post stating if you support Rowling/Galbraith they will unfriend you. Seriously.
I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next in the series. She stated in previous interviews the series would have seven books (just like the Harry Potter series). While the main characters, Cormoran and Robin, have an obvious attraction to one another, I am hoping she won't get them together until the last book. If at all. For now let it be all investigative and mystery plotting. If you read it through you'll knpw the spark between them is genuine yet they don't want to ruin a great partnership and friendship.
The supporting characters were well fleshed out and I liked the addition of Strike's childhood friend Dave Polworth. He cracks me up with his devotion to Cornish nationalism and his accent comes through as you are reading his parts. He's a wonderful friend to Strike and comes through for him as Strike's Aunt Joan is dying of cancer.
A new detective at the agency named Saul Morris is one that brings drama. My husband was ahead of me reading this book as I had another novel to finish. He knew when Saul did something reprehensible as I suddenly said, "Oh no he didn't!" - Doug knew I'd gotten to "that part" of the book. No spoilers from me.
Margot Bamborough is the main case focused on here, a cold case from 40 years ago. Her daughter is Anna Phipps and she hires Strike to take a last look at this cold case. There are quite a few suspects and I can say I never saw it coming when all was revealed.
Looking forward to more of this series. Great writing.