Bumsted Picks of 2018: Jack's Pick - The Missing Clue - December 2018

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, HC $38

Lethal White is the fourth novel in the ‘Cormoran Strike' series written by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. I knew that it was a winner when I read the first book The Cuckoo’s Calling, when no one knew that Robert Galbraith was a nom-de-plume, for J.K. Rowling. I must admit to a few initial misgivings about Lethal White as the beginning of the book seemed a little heavy on romance, including a long sub plot involving Strike’s failed romantic relationships. However, as the book went on it returned to form. I really enjoyed all the details that were added to enhance the four interlocking storylines that make up this novel. Galbraith is a good enough writer that I really cared what was happening in all the storylines, all of which offered considerable scope for detail which the author took advantage of. Also the author handled with panache the flicking between the different storylines. A compelling and enjoyable read.