This is not your average crime/detective novel.
My usual encounters with that genre is the very acclaimed Scandinavian crime novels and the more British stuff like Midsomer Murders (TV) as well as the very American style (also TV) like CSI / Special Victim Unit / etc. I cannot compare The Cuckoo's Calling to any of those.
Many say it's too long winded and take ages to get going. And it is and it does. But this book I discovered, isn't really about the crime committed. This is about the characters, and most of all it's about Cormoran Strike (which, by the way, is really the stupidest name ever). Like her previous non-Harry Potter novel, The Casual Vacancy, this book is very much about psychology and sociology and I freaking love it. I did also enjoy the detective work, but found it a tad hard to follow. It annoys me a bit when you're not given enough pieces of the puzzle to figure out at all what went down.
All in all though I really enjoyed the book and remain Rowling's dedicated reader. She's brilliant. The writing is as great as always and I love how well she writes people. Every single character matters, every single character has depth of some sort. Like I said, the crime plot isn't the most important part of this book, it's just what happens to be the red thread in the depiction of these people.
I also can't wait to read the second book in the series, The Silkworm, that's only just been published, here in June 2014.