Once upon a time, there was a handsome prince who fought brave battles. He defended the innocent and sought to banish evils from our land. The brave prince was a bastard child of a rock star making him of slightly noble birth. In this century, fame is a form of nobility. One day, the Prince with pubic like locks had his leg blown off and he had to return to his kingdom of London. He still fought. He still banishes evil. With the help of a plucky squire by the name of Robin, they fight crime. They watch cheating spouses and occasionally catch murders when asked. Our tale begins when the killer invites them on quest into the Prince’s past by sending his squire a severed leg.
Well, that was a fun way of describing the plot of the first two books and the opening of the third: The Career of Evil. When Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott receive a leg in the post, it’s clear someone is out to get Strike. To quote BBC’s Sherlock: “People don’t have archenemies.” Sherlock should consider himself lucky to have the one, Strike thinks it could be one of four people. Despite this plot looking into Strike’s past, I felt as though this book was more about Robin. I found it a breath of fresh air to read about an ‘assistant’ on equal footing with the ‘teacher’. Robin is eager to learn and comes into her own. She is really blooming as a character. She takes the fact the leg was delivered to her rather personally, who wouldn’t. She is driven even though her personal life is crumbling around her.
Despite my positive comments about the characters individually, they are slowly forming a relationship that goes beyond the dynamics of a normal partnership, colleagueship, friendship, whatever you want to call it. I speak for a lot of people when I say, no one wants THAT to happen. Can we have a story where the two main characters of the opposite sex don’t sleep together? I honestly don’t feel like I’m asking for a lot. That was the one thing that frustrated me about the book; it feels like it’s laying down the foundation for a night of passion. The other frustration of course being not being able to figure out the killer that sent the leg. I love these books. They are always a fun crime read. I feel as though Robert Galbraith lays out the clues and we’re all too stupid to see. As always, I look forward to the next but if Robin and Strike sleep together I will burn that book.
Watch my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgET8QlAKi8