The shocking death of supermodel Lula Landry filled the tabloid sheets for months. Though her death was ruled a suicide by police, her brother John Bristow is convinced she was murdered. So he hires an obscure private detective by the name of Cormoran Strike to find out the truth. Strike, a war hero and the illegitimate son of a famous rock star, is skeptical that a crime has been committed but needs the business badly. Strike and his assistant Robin make and fake their way through London's high society of fashion designers, pop stars and endless paparazzi to uncover what really happened to the young woman who seemingly had everything going for her.
Robert Galbraith's first novel was published in early 2013 with little fanfare but immediately jumped up the bestseller lists when the author's true identity was revealed: J.K. Rowling! This now second attempt of hers at working outside the confines of Hogwarts (after last year's The Casual Vacancy) is a light but intriguing foray into the mystery genre. It's a good beach read to enjoy in the waning days of summer.
Brett @ Central