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    Really enjoyed this, good characters and very different from my usual read. Well done!!
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    Well done, Robert Galbraith, aka J.K Rowling! Let me preface this review by stating that I am not a big fan of the Harry Potter books. I started the first one, but never finished it. Most likely, my lack of enthusiasm comes from my distaste for Fantasy literature, in general. But I do love a good mystery, so I decided to give Galbraith/Rowling another try. I am glad I did. What struck me first about the novel was that it seemed more a detective novel in the American tradition, than a British crime novel. The main character is a private eye, after all, like Sam Spade. Cormoran Strike (the name sounds like someone out of a fantasy novel) is a very compelling creation. He has already lived quite a colourful life before the novel begins, so there is lots of baggage to mine in subsequent books in the series, should the author continue to feature him as he takes on other cases. (I have heard that is the plan.) Strike's sidekick is the lovely Robin Ellacott, a temporary office administrator who by happenstance finds herself in his employ just as he is hired to investigate an apparent suicide. Her character is perhaps a bit too predictable, but she is so appealing, I did not mind that she lacked depth. The mystery itself is very complex, featuring many characters who are, in one way or another, connected to the deceased. I really had no idea "whodunit" until the bitter end but it was fun to go along for the ride. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Will it be authored by Galbraith or Rowling, I wonder?
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    A must read

    Depth of characters and vibrance with which the setting and storyline are told is true Rowling. Cannot wait for her next book.
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    Three chapters in

    As the title says I'm three chapters in and well and truly hooked. I'd initially downloaded the 'taster' of the book and then, of course, had to purchase the book immediately. Now I find myself unable to turn off my bedside lamp due to the fact that I just HAVE to know what happens in the next paragraph etc, etc, etc. The author brings to life a full dimensional aspect of all the characters in the book to such a point that you can almost smell and touch them.
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    Terrific read

    Well paced and delightfully concluded. A must read.
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