If I ever tell you I don’t really enjoy Crime Fiction, which I have certainly done before, could you remind me of this moment.

Because, really, I do thoroughly enjoy reading it. I certainly love to watch it! (Lewis being the current obsession.) Nothing gory of course, I like the ones that get inside the mind or the mystery. I don’t need to know exactly how someone died, I need to know exactly why they did it.

‘When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible–and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…’ GoodReads.

J.K. Rowling is a marvelous author, so clever in her undertakings. The only criticism I could give Career of Evil was that it was slightly too long. (I’m also not sure what is happening with the Strike/Robin/Mathew story line – but I trust that it will end with an empowered Robin whatever she decides to do.)

Strike and Robin are a great little team, and I am enjoying Robin’s evolution from two-dimensional character to someone who was rounded out in this book. You get to understand her desires and motivations, as well as why she has stuck it out with Mathew for so long.

I’m not sure if this is an intentional repercussion of reading Career of Evil, but I hate Matthew. There are two types of people who control in a relationship, the obvious and the subtle – the latter often don’t even realise what they are doing, it being a norm in today’s society. Mathew is used to a placid girlfriend who will do what he wants, and as soon as she gets a life he becomes uncomfortable in the relationship and becomes subtly manipulative. Any down turn in their relationship suddenly becomes a product of Robin’s new-found identity, one he can’t influence. Rather than embrace her new self, he flies against it.

How many people would find Robin selfish if you had Mathew as a friend? A frightening amount. I find his inclusion very interesting, and I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out in future books. To wit, I hope that Strike/Robin doesn’t occur at least until Robin has set herself free.

This probably won’t make much sense if you’ve either not read the series or this book, but it is one of the many ways Rowling can drop in miniature side plots alongside the main one. These give life to a world that could easily be consumed by the death mire that accompanies any murderous landscape.

The main story is about a serial killer, and Strike having to confront three rather traumatic moments in his life. It’s interesting, clever and keeps you engaged – despite the length. And I didn’t guess the correct killer – which was nice, being correct is boring.

 

Have you read Career of Evil?
What is your favourite murder mystery?

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@nomoreparades I had much the same response to Matthew, and was fascinated by the turns in the relationship, esp by the end.

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@nomoreparades I’ve gone back to the first book for the pleasure of meeting the characters for the first time again…

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I don’t read a ton of murder mysteries, and my favorites are horribly predictable — Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers. :p I actually have yet to read the second Galbraith mystery, which I know I need to do before I read the third. Luckily my lovely mum owns the third one, so whenever I finish reading the second (which I got for $5 in flawless condition at a book sale last year), I’ll just borrow her copy of Career of Evil.