So, I finished The Cuckoo’s Calling over the weekend. Sadly, book club was canceled due to my own family comes first change of plans and one of the three remaining attendees begged off too. It was better than I was expecting, so don’t hold JKR’s first adult novel against Cuckoo and give it a read if you like a mystery set in London.
But can someone explain the art of pen names to me? I kinda’ get why Rowling decided to publish this book as Robert Galbraith, but Basically Bloggless Susan and I spent part of the weekend trying to figure out why cozy writers who clearly have a good formula insist upon having a different pen name for every series they write.
See, here’s where the logic goes out the window. These people aren’t best selling ever children’s lit writers whose first attempt at adult lit wasn’t so awesome. They’re solid little, soft mystery with a theme of some sort writers who would likely have readers follow them from series to series if they’d make it easy for us and not change names every time the setting and main characters change. Their publishers – or their own blogs – usually out them in a short order anyway, so … I don’t get it. It would be so much simpler to search on Amazon for more books by the same author if they’d just use the same name!
Sorry for the lack of a photo. I don’t get the cover art for Cuckoo and my work computer really struggles with photos in WordPress anyway…
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