Book Review: Career of Evil

Career of Evil (Comoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith

Goodreads Summary:
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…

Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. 

Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning from war.

My Review:
I delayed reading this book for a couple of weeks because I was intimidated by the length. I needn’t have worried. I was sucked into the story immediately. I read the first two books as they were released, so it had been a while since I read about detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin. That didn’t matter either. My love for them came back instantly along with the memories of the past two stories.

This third book revolved around an investigation into who delivery a severed woman’s leg to Robin at the beginning of the story. I really enjoyed this plot because it reveals so much of Strike’s past history, which he’s been rather secretive about in previous books.

Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) also has a few chapters told from the killer’s point of view which added to the story and allowed me to better attempt to guess the killer.

As always, Rowling’s writing style is a bit overly descriptive for my taste. What worked well in the Harry Potter series because of the magical world building, bogged this book down a bit for me. I just wanted Strike and Robin to solve the mystery. I didn’t much care about the scenery as they drove all over London and elsewhere in England.

Cormoran is as sharp as ever. I loved reading about the way his mind work and how he solves mysteries. I appreciated Robin’s greater involvement in this investigation. And I welcomed the greater personal depth of both of their stories.

I really enjoy this series. And this book definitely did not disappoint.

My Rating: 4 Stars
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