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By Andrew Sims (@sims) at 10:15 am, February 24, 2014 | Reviewed by Brandi Delhagen

Some say that life works in circles. That seems the case for J.K. Rowling, because her newest series may repeat her first series in terms of book count.

According to a report from The Sunday Times – who was the first to break the news about Rowling operating under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith – the author has “mapped out” a plan for her detective series which runs over seven books.

Rowling’s Harry Potter series ran over seven books as well, each following one of the Boy Wizard’s years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Cormoran Strike is not a wizard attending a magical school, nor does there seem to be any clear arc in The Cuckoo’s Calling that would run over another six books. Rowling/Galbraith may have several smaller plot arcs that carry over the remaining stories.

Earlier this month Hypable was the first to report details about The Cuckoo’s Calling sequel The Silkworm which will hit book store shelves this June. Once again following Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin, The Silkworm will detail their investigation into the death of an author.

“But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to [the author's] disappearance than his wife realizes,” the synopsis says. “The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives – meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.”

You can pre-order the book on Amazon.

Will you commit to a seven-part Cormoran Strike series?

Thanks, The Sunday Times.

  • guest

    I’m glad she’s doing what she loves. I wish I could stop wishing for more HP books or something like it from her. Just miss the old excitement, y’know? Maybe when I get around to reading Cuckoo I’ll love it.

    • PabloRuiz7

      And I know it’s not the same but when the news about Fantastic Beasts starts, we’ll have plenty to be excited, to speculate and have theories!

    • xiku

      I’m just going to put this here, for people to see – Rowling’s team has already denied this information.

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    She sure loves the number seven doesn’t she? :D

  • Crollalanza

    Cuckoo’s Calling is a great book, with great plotting and good characterisation. Even without the knowledge that JKR wrote it, it’s a fantastic mystery. I’d not hold your breath for the encyclopedia, she’s got Pottermore for that.

  • hpboy13

    What fantastic news! Loved Cuckoo’s Calling, so bring on Book 2! I envision it as a kind of Veronica Mars situation – while the books appear episodic, I’m guessing Jo will introduce an overarching story at some point.

    Also, in this world of neverending series and sequels, it’s refreshing to have a series with a finite end in sight that we can rely on. The bravest thing Jo ever did was not writing more books about Harry once his story was finished. Sure, I wish there was more, but I also respect how perfect the story is as is.

  • Sierra

    The Bookseller has now written a follow-up article in which Little Brown claims these reports are “unfounded.” Looks like it might not be true after all. Shame.

  • ladybirds

    I am dancing with joy. :-))))))

  • Garrett Pletcher

    I posted about this on Tumblr a few weeks ago! I was imagining what it would be like if Rowling made this a large series and what kind of series it would become!

  • Chels @ COABA

    If it’s as good as the first book, I’ll keep reading.

  • Ultron

    I just love series!

  • http://willywonka-andthe-gingerfactory.tumblr.com/ John B. McLean

    I personally would like to think that she views Cormoran’s story as something like Ms Marple type where it can just go on and on. From the sounds of it the Silkworm has no direct link plot wise to Cuckoos so I don’t see her planning any exact number of Strike novels. I’m just loving that she is bringing back – a nearly dead – genre and is sticking to the roots of said genre.

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