Staff Review: "Lethal White"
Robert Galbraith’s fourth Strike novel finds private detective Cormoran Strike and his partner, Robin Ellacott, hired by a high-ranking British official who is being blackmailed. The minister asks Strike to gather dirt that he could use against his blackmailers, which prompts Robin to go undercover in the House of Commons to do recon. When he dies of an apparent suicide, however, Strike and Robin turn to investigate the minister’s death.
Complicating matters throughout the story is Robin’s husband, Matthew, who strongly disapproves of Robin working for Strike (due to dangerous situations and injuries she incurred in previous books in the series). Robin often finds herself torn between her spouse and her employer, often having to resort to lying to one (or both of them) to keep the peace.
J.K. Rowling (writing under the pseudonym of Galbraith) offers yet another fantastically engaging mystery. By now, the characters feel like old friends, and the plot drives the story forward in a natural and satisfying direction. Rowling’s writing is impeccable, and it’s refreshing to see a mystery series that offers actual character development as the series progresses, unlike many other mystery series. This book is hefty at 650 pages, but you’ll enjoy every second you spend reading it!