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The Cuckoo's Calling

November 2014 book selection

The Cuckoo's Calling

by Robert Galbraith

November 12, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

Many thanks to the fabulous Jenny O'Mara for a wonderful evening of conversation on our book, The Cuckoo's Calling. I could hear the happy voices all the way to Texas. I'll return home and to this blog later this month.

Watch this space for information our big Second Anniversary Party. We have some pretty terrific things up our sleeves for CapRadio Reads in 2015, and we will start it off with a party and a visit from a great author on Tuesday, January 13.

We will send out the invitation later this month, so please be sure you are signed up as a member of CapRadio Reads by clicking on the Join The Club button. That way, you will be first in line to get tickets for this fun event. Until then, have a wonderful (and hopefully wet) November.

Cheers, from The Lone Star State.

November 5, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

We are overjoyed and overwhelmed with literary works at CapRadio Reads.

First up, on Saturday, November 8, we will feature our own Morning Edition host Donna Apidone, who is launching her new book, TransForMission, at a party at our studios. TransForMission shares the journeys of 11 people who asked the question, "What makes life worth living?" Donna says it's not a how-to book, but a will-do book. We think it's a wonderful book. The party starts at 6 p.m.  Sign up to attend by clicking on the orange Eventbrite button. This will be quite a party, so don't miss it.

Once you've recovered from Saturday, join us on Tuesday, November 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Capital Public Radio for the long-awaited conversation about Robert Galbraith's book The Cuckoo's Calling. We'll have our usual roundtable of readers with opinions on the story and its quite famous author.  Sign up now, and be one of the voices!

October 29, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

When Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) wrote The Cuckoo's Calling, she had her protagonist join a pretty exclusive club.  Hercules Poirot comes instantly to mind as a member, but so too do Harry Bosch, Miss Marple and Sam Spade. These great literary detectives all are successful, but they are also likable and flawed.

When we meet Cormoran, he is down on his luck, just broken up with his long-time girlfriend and in considerable physical and mental pain. He is, however, a very sympathetic character.  As I made my way through the book, I was keenly aware of cheering for him. I wanted him to discover the truth about Lula Landry's death and discover his own truth.

I read thrillers and mysteries all the time, and I now see that my favorites are books with a sleuth who is seeking the truth, not only for his client, but for himself. Our author has succeeded in making me cheer for Strike!

Make sure you sign up to cheer for Strike and for our guest moderator, Jenny O'Mara, on November 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Capital Public Radio.

While we are on the subject of cheering, we have another opportunity for you to cheer for one of our own. Please join us on Saturday, November 8, for the official book launch of Donna Apidone's new book, TransForMission. Donna will take the interviewee chair for once and be interviewed by Rick Kushman about this magnificent new work of hers. It's Second Saturday, so come one, come all for a party at the studios to celebrate this publication. Sign up on the CapRadio Reads website for this event now!

October 22, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

By now, we know that Robert Galbraith, the author of our November selection, The Cuckoo's Calling is really J.K. Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter books. We also know she really did not want to be found out. She wanted to write these books and have them stand on their own. Do you think they would have been a hit if we never knew the identity of the real author? Of course, there were clues in the writing that, if nothing else, the author may have been a woman.

I think this is a great book, completely different from Harry Potter and much better than her first attempt at deceit, A Casual Vacancy. The disheveled detective at the heart of this story, Cormoran Strike, is a very likable fellow. We feel genuine sympathy for him and his precarious situation at the book's opening. Galbraith/Rowling does a terrific job of fleshing out this character and giving him a charming sidekick, in the form of a newly hired assistant, wonderfully named Robin. As they set out to investigate the death of a famous model, and solve the problem of Cormoran's misery, I found myself cheering for both of them.

I hope you are enjoying this tale and are looking forward to the meeting on November 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Capital Public Radio. Jenny O'Mara will lead you into a great conversation. Click on the orange Eventbrite button to reserve our space.

October 15, 2014 | Donna Apidone

For our November face-to-face meeting, which will be the last time to get together this year, we will have a special treat. While Vicki Lorini is away on a Road Trip Across America, CapRadio's Jenny O'Mara will moderate our discussion.

The November selection is The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. This book involves a double mystery. The first is about its author. The book recieved a coveted starred review in Publisher's Weekly before its author's identity was known.

The plot of the book is another mystery, and it will be a fun book to talk about.

Join us, Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by clicking the Eventbrite button.