Happy Release Week, J.K. Rowling!


The Silkworm, the second mystery novel in Rowling’s “Cormoran Strike” series, will be released this week. Amazon UK and Barnes & Noble both say June 19, so even though I’ve seen different dates on other websites, I think Thursday will be the day.

I read The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first of this series, last year. I do like mysteries, but I’ll freely admit that the only real reason I picked up a copy was because the news had just broken that J.K. Rowling was the author (she published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith). Her 2013 release, The Casual Vacancy, was a little disappointing to me, and I was hoping her newest book would be more up my alley. I thought it was great, so I’m really looking forward to reading her latest.

Here is what Sphere has to say about The Silkworm:

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.