This mystery revolves around the death of gorgeous model Lula Landry, who falls from her balcony in an apparent suicide. Her brother, John Bristow, insists Lula was murdered and hires down-on-his-luck detective Cormoran Strike (who lost a leg in the Afghanistan war) to investigate. Against his better judgement Strike takes the case.
There are plenty of interesting characters, including Lula's druggie musician boyfriend, her eccentric grasping relatives, her celebrity friends, a homeless girl she met in therapy, and so on.
Strike and his temporary secretary Robin make good investigative partners and the case is solved and explained in a satisfactory way. Good first mystery for Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling).