I didn't know what to expect when the long awaited copy of The Cuckoo's Calling arrived from the library. I loved the Harry Potter books but didn't enjoy The CasualVacancy quite so much.
Well, I was very pleasantly surprised indeed. I'm not a regular detective story reader so I don't know how the book compares with others of that genre. But it was a rollickingly good read. I liked the hero a lot and his side kick was also a good character.
What did impress me is that she managed to make a cracker of a story without grimness and goriness.
If you have written this off as a crime novel, give it a second chance. It was a really good read. JK Rowling – you are so talented!