1. Maureen Corrigan on J.K. Rowling's new detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling:

Rowling tries to bring a more contemporary edge to this novel by featuring a beautiful biracial victim and delving into the demimonde of high fashion and hip-hop royalty, but the world here still feels curiously dated. In fact, the first time we glimpse Robin, the young secretary, she’s bedazzled by getting an engagement ring affixed to her finger by her stodgy fiance: throughout much of the story she serves coffee to clients, makes cow eyes at Strike, and tidies up the office loo. The most intriguing unsolved mystery in The Cuckoo’s Calling is why, in this post-Lisbeth Salander Age, Rowling would choose to outfit her female lead with such meek and anachronistic feminine behavior.
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    Maureen Corrigan on J.K. Rowling's new detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling:

    Rowling tries to bring a more contemporary edge to this novel by featuring a beautiful biracial victim and delving into the demimonde of high fashion and hip-hop royalty, but the world here still feels curiously dated. In fact, the first time we glimpse Robin, the young secretary, she’s bedazzled by getting an engagement ring affixed to her finger by her stodgy fiance: throughout much of the story she serves coffee to clients, makes cow eyes at Strike, and tidies up the office loo. The most intriguing unsolved mystery in The Cuckoo’s Calling is why, in this post-Lisbeth Salander Age, Rowling would choose to outfit her female lead with such meek and anachronistic feminine behavior.

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