... or JK Rowling ...
I read the first of these and was impressed with Ms Rowling's move into the crime fiction genre.
The story picks up a few weeks/months after our hero, the ex soldier invalided out of the forces after losing his leg to an IED in Afghanistan, has hit notoriety by solving a murder that the police had insisted was suicide. This high profile case has filled his books with many new clients, most of them partners trying to prove the infidelity of the other to either take them for loads of money or to prevent them from having it.
Having been persuaded to allow his assistant Robin to stay on the same two pivitoal characters continue and there is a constant theme of their professional and personal relationship throughout that will continue throughout the next book no doubt.
The plot of this one is the disappearance of a minor author who has been working on his magnum opus. He disappears and the novel is inadvertently leaked by his agent to his publisher. However the work clearly is a damning and slanderous work about those in his circle from other authors, his agent, key employees at his publishers and his wife and mistress. Cormoran is engaged by the authors wife after he has been missing a few days, she has assumed he was away with his mistress or at some writers retreat but wants to locate him. He is found but dead, killed in a grizzly and brutal manner which had already been laid out in the book he was writing. The police are convinced it is the wife who has carried out the murder and conduct a blinkered investigation. Of course Cormoran is certain another is guilty and conducts his own investigation to prove so.
The murder plot is ok but not as good as the first book I felt but the characters are engaging and charming which is what draws you in. I'll be reading the next instalment if only to see whether Robin's dark secret from university hinted at a few times in the book is revealed or not.