I considered posting something like this a while back. About a month ago.
About a month ago, I'd run out of novels, available through my library, that I wanted to read. One way of accessing what's available from the library on line is a list that presents the books with the most popular first. I went there. A few down from the top was one by Robert Galbraith, of whom I'd never heard, in Galbraith's series featuring his character Cormoron Strike, a private investigator. I figured, what the hey. I checked it out and gave it a try. Galbraith, and Strike, are British. Not my fave but, y'know, nuthin ventured nuthin gained.
It turns out that Galbraith is a very good writer. The plot was above average but the story was told well. I already knew that the book I had was the third in the series. So, I did a little research.
I discovered that Robert Galbraith is a nom de plume used by J. K. Rowling.
I've never even sniffed a HARRY POTTER book, nor movie. I couldn't possibly be less interested. But, yikes. Rowling is a very good writer. Most of the world already knows that, I know.
I put a hold on the first book in the series, THE CUCKOO'S CALLING. I'm about a fifth of the way through it. It's good. Cormoron Strike is a PI. His secretary, Robin, whom he picked up as a temp, is as bright and imaginative as is he. In the first few chapters, Strike muses that they might be a Batman, Robin duo. They are more Holmes and Watson, or Poirot and Hastings, than Batman and Robin, though Strike's Robin is not dimwitted.
Rowling ain't Agatha Christie. No one is. But, if you're in to that sort of thing, give Galbraith and Strike a try.