The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
( JK Rowling, 2014) Last year’s Cuckoo’s Calling saw Rowling’s private-eye Cormoran Strike limp into our Potter-less lives. Strike’s second outing arrives as a cracking crime thriller set in the world of publishing. Leonora Quine hires Strike to investigate the disappearance of her novelist husband Owen, who is later found murdered in a copy-cat slaying from his new book. The suspense ratchets up as Strike and faithful female sidekick Robin Ellacott sift through suspects, each embodying a stereotype of the literary world. The crisp, sardonic prose and tight structure make it a pageturning whodunit worth spending your summer on.