The Silkworm book review

It’s been a few weeks since I have posted, but I can assure you that I have still been reading!  I have a few books waiting to be reviewed and this is one of the best…


The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith is the second novel in the Cormoran Strike mystery series.  For those of you that may not be aware, Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym for Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.  Though clearly an adult series, the style of writing is just as delicious as the wizarding series that gained Rowling so much notoriety.  Much like any mass market paperback mystery, The Silkworm and it’s predecessor The Cuckoo’s Calling are very formulaic.  But what sets this series apart from one that you would typically pick up at an airport gift shop is the beautiful prose contained within its pages.  J.K. Rowling has such a knack for creating vivid imagery that readers tend to lose themselves in her settings.

Set in the bitter cold of snowy London, private investigator Cormoran Strike is hired by a woman to find her husband who has disappeared among mysterious circumstances.  Owen Quine is a second rate writer who has seen little success.  When his latest book is released amidst major controversy, it seems as though Quine may earn himself some infamy. Quine has managed to insult just about everyone he’s ever encountered in his life in his outlandish tale.  When he turns up murdered, it appears as though everyone in the book is a suspect.

Private investigator Cormoran Strike, a down on his luck former military amputee, leaves no stone unturned in his quest to find Quine’s killer.  If you love a good mystery and have a deep appreciation for literature, then you will love the Cormoran Strike series.  If you’ve already enjoyed the first two novels in the series, then I’m sure you will be thrilled to know that the third book Career of Evil is set to be released next week!

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