Lethal White by Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling

05438002-DA51-44FC-BCD0-D0F294E22AC7Lethal White is book four in the Comoran Strike series which I really love.  I have never before rated anything by J.K. Rowling as less that five stars but unfortunately I am going with just four stars on this one.

I’ll start with the good: I loved getting back into the life of our private investigator Cormoran Strike.  His insistence of doing the right thing and taking on cases that can truly help people has me always rooting for him. Robin and Matthew continue to struggle and the attraction between Robin and Strike in this book continues.  There was actually a lot about the lead characters personal lives in this book and I really enjoyed that because I feel like it will help carry the series further.

What I didn’t like: I can’t ignore it any longer, this book was just too long. There are a lot of characters and significant time is spent building up each one so that there are really about 12 suspects for the killing that takes place. Each one was extensively developed as the possible murder so that in the end, it wouldn’t have mattered who it was because the reader knows it will be at least one of them. The ending was not a surprise unfortunately.

I also didn’t like the inclusion of politics.  Two of the main characters in the mystery were politicians and much of their differences with each other were over political matters.

This was my least favorite book in the series but I full intend to continue reading them if she keeps writing them, I just hope they don’t continue in the 600+ page length.

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