When we last reported on The Silkworm, our favorite private investigator, Comoran Strike, had gone from trying to find a missing person to trying to solve a murder. Check out part one of our conversation here. Now, we’re 60% through the book, and dying (perhaps that’s a poor word choice) to know whodunit!
Holly: So, I have two non-spoiler thoughts on this book so far. First, one of our #1 commenters (hi blodeuedd!) said “not my genre” about this book. So now I feel compelled to explain to everyone that this is not exactly a mystery/crime “genre” book. I mean, I’m no expert, as I don’t really understand book genres, but I think this is more of a really great novel about a guy who also happens to be an investigator solving crimes. It’s got a lot of things I love – including the London setting, the well developed characters (who we are slowly getting more details on!) and just lovely writing.
Amanda: I am no genre expert and if you look at my Goodreads shelves you can see I read a bit of everything. I think the best mysteries are those that get a bit deeper-who is the investigator and what draws him on the case. I like that about Strike. He’s working this case because he needs to know what happened-not because he’s being paid. I also love the setting. When can we plan a sisterly trip to London to look for Strike?
Holly: Here is my second thought – J.K. Rowling, winner of the book world, wrote a book about a book in which a (crazy? disgruntled? not sure yet!) writer has written a book that reveals a bunch of character flaws about people in the book world. C’mon – what are the chances she has drawn on personal experience to create the publishers, agents, and editors? Do you think she’s taking digs at anyone herself?
Amanda: Very interesting idea. I think I have an idealized image of the creator of Harry Potter in my head that she must be too classy to do that. But I will say I love reading about the publishing world in books. Maybe there are some digs from her early days? I bet there are people searching for themselves for sure! I love that I have no theories built up of whodunit! I feel like the reason for this murder is going to come out of nowhere. I was on the edge of my seat at moments waiting to see what would happen. Time to get back to it!
Holly: Yes, must finish! And also, let’s start planning that trip to London for sure!