Cormoran Strike Novels

Cormoran Stike Novels by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

I am really enjoying this series.  Actually, I’m a bit obsessed with it, which speaks to the talent of J.K. Rawling (aka Robert Galbraith).

I wasn’t planning on reading the series because I’d watched (and loved) the HBO series, C.B. Strike.  A friend, however, told me I really needed to read the books.  I’m so glad I listened to her.  Yes, the TV series is good, and it follows the books closely, but the books just add something, that extra layer of insight and close point of view that you just don’t get on the screen.  Still, I’d recommend both.

I’m ready for book #3, but I’m forcing myself to wait, to slow down.  Otherwise, I’ll end up really sad when I’ve finished them all.

BTW – I’m listening to these on audio, and the reader is really good. And if you’re on KU (Kindle Unlimited, the first two books in the series are free.)

Cormoran Strike Series (6 Books)

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Why yes, I’m a Marvel fan. And Dr. Strange is my favorite of the movies / characters. So, of course, we had to go see the new Dr. Strange movie — the first time since the beginning of COVID that we’ve been to a movie theater. Anyway . . . I loved it! Who else?

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The Bomber Mafia

Continuing on my recent obsession with WW II, I just finished reading The Bomber Mafia.  Fascinating!!   Anyone else.

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I know I’m really late with this — a couple of years maybe.

I started watching Yellowstone in February and am so addicted that I’m now almost done with Season 4. And yes, I feel a bit guilty about loving something that is a wee-bit violent. But, hey it’s a David and Goliath story – right? My excuse and I’m sticking to it.

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For All Mankind

My Current Series Obsession

Knowing how I love science, science fiction, and the space program, this should surprise no one.  Has anyone else seen it?    Link to trailer.









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If Only by Judith Arnold

In the last couple of months, I’ve read two Women’s fiction books that I loved. The first is IF ONLY by Judith Arnold. Here is my Amazon review. I highly recommend it.

I have read a lot of books by Judith Arnold but IF ONLY may be my favorite. It has Ms. Arnold’s signature humor, along with realistic characters and great writing. However, there is a uniqueness to IF ONLY. Her main character, Ruth, is a woman in her late 60s who wonders about the paths not taken in her life. So much of Ruth’s story will resonate with women of all ages, and for me, I completely identified with Ruth. Her story may be different, but her experiences are universal. I loved it!


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The Sixth Extinction

I finished my first book for 2022: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. It was fascinating. Although I love science books, I’m mainly interested in the physical sciences vs. the biological sciences. This book, however, caught and held my interest. I highly recommend it.



A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.
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The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Don’t you love it when you find a new (to you) author?

A couple of weeks ago I was looking for a short listen from Audible and found two (free) novellas (The Roommate and The Sisters) by an Dervla McTiernan – who I’d never heard of. So, I decided to give them a try. I enjoyed both of them (The Roommate more than The Sisters) and immediately grabbed the first of her books: The Ruin (A Cormac Reilly Mystery Book 1).

It was really good: great characters, setting, and mystery. And if you like to listen to books as I do, the narrator is really good, adding that touch of an Irish accent. I’m almost done with the second book (The Scholar) in the series, so I expect I’ll be reviewing that soon.

Now, the big question, do I rush to read the third book, like I want to, or wait and stretch out the anticipation?

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So, I am obviously in a British Mystery Phase.

After Shetland (which I’m still going through withdrawal over), we started watching Hinterland. It’s different, a bit darker, but really good.  Great stories, a tortured but brilliant lead characters, and excellent supporting characters.  I love it.

Thanks a couple of friends on my FB Group Pat’s Panthers for the recommendation.

On Netflix.

Any other recommendations?

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A friend recommended this series a couple of years ago. Her comment was that it was the best TV Series she’d ever seen. So I watched it — and may have talked about it on FB at that time. And although I’m not sure I agree that it is “the” best series, it is, IMO, “one of the best”.

So, that brings us to 2021 and being locked down for a year and getting tired of everything on Netflix and Amazon. I finally convinced Jeff to watch this. (He, with the very narrow taste, which usually runs to bullets flying, etc.) Anyway . . . we just finished watching Season 5 and he said “This show is so good, in it’s own way, it’s right up there with the best.” I couldn’t agree more. It’s a solid mystery with great writing, really compelling characters and outstanding acting.
I give it 5+ Stars.

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