J.K. Rowling Wrote A Mystery Novel Under a Pseudonym!

secret rowling novel revealedIn a plot twist worthy of a novel, it turns out that J.K. Rowling is the real author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, which she published on April 30 under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The Sunday Times got suspicious when it realized that “Galbraith’s” editor, agent, and publisher all worked with Rowling, and uncovered her ruse.

In a statement, Rowling said, “I hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience! It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name. . . . And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances.”

The Cuckoo’s Calling is about the suicide of supermodel Lula Landry (who sounds like she could have stepped out of the pages of Harry Potter), and its investigation by Detective Cormoran Strike, an Afghanistan war veteran who’s down on his luck.

Do you plan to pick up this mystery novel now that you know Rowling wrote it?

  • Deric England

    I’ll definitely be picking this book up now. I’m not much of a mystery reader, though I am a huge fan of J.K. Rowling, and I plan to buy whatever she churns out. It is in fact a shame that her name must be on the book for me to express interest. Especially in a book I would have previously never have even heard of. Yet, it somehow excites me that she did this. I’d like to think authors try to get as much honest feedback as they possibly can, and this is one way a really successful author can find out whether he/she can write without a big name to back him/her up.

    Props to Rowling for pulling it off this far.

  • Anon Addendum

    Wow WTH I’m definitely giving this a read.