Troubled Blood - Robert Galbraith

Troubled Blood

By Robert Galbraith

  • Release Date: 2020-09-15
  • Genre: Hard-Boiled
Score: 4.5
From 627 Ratings


Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough - who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974.

Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. But despite the slim chance of success, he is intrigued and takes it on; adding to the long list of cases that he and his partner in the agency, Robin Ellacott, are currently working on. And Robin herself is also juggling a messy divorce and unwanted male attention, as well as battling her own feelings about Strike.

As Strike and Robin investigate Margot's disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. And they learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly . . .

A breathtaking, labyrinthine epic, Troubled Blood is the fifth Strike and Robin novel and the most gripping and satisfying yet.

Praise for the Strike series:

'A blistering piece of crime writing'
Sunday Times

'The work of a master storyteller'
Daily Telegraph

Daily Express

'Highly inventive storytelling'

'Superb . . . an ingenious whodunnit'
Sunday Mirror

'Come for the twists and turns and stay for the beautifully drawn central relationship'

'Outrageously entertaining'
Financial Times


  • Cementing a relationship.

    By Malkie.
    A complete mystery in itself. By Malkie.
  • troubled blood

    By Jwh17
    thoroughly enjoyed every word
  • Best in series

    By Sally and Reggie
    The best in the series of strike novels
  • Loved it!!!!!

    By danny bluelion
    Great book I couldn’t put it down
  • Wonderful novel

    By AndreaRichter1970
    Absolutely fantastic book by this talented multi faceted writer. The plot is intertwined with the personal lives of the main characters. Cant wait fir the TV adaptation. For all the people giving this book 1 star reviews because they think it is trans-phobic, it is the opinion of the permanently offended, intellectually hobbled idiots that think everyone should be treated equally, but not if you’re a psychopath!!! Tom Harris didn’t get this when he wrote ‘Silence of the Lambs’ or have failed to acknowledge that some real life killers are also transgender! 🤦🏻‍♀️ The character who is the subject of this, is hardly mentioned in the book and he’s evil because of the nature of his crimes and MO, not because of the way he likes to dress. I honestly didn’t realise this was the book that got JK Rowling accused of being transphobic, until after I’d read it and did a search as to why she’d been accused. It was a total surprise and WTF moment
  • Too wordy

    By RJOB Cov
    Having eagerly awaited this episode in the Strike/Robin saga I have to say I was disappointed. The story was very complicate, very long and so wordy, often using words that seemed to have no other meaning than to confirm what an excellent wordsmith the author is. If this one also becomes a TV series it will have to be at least 3 episodes, possibly 4 and I think it’s viewers will get lost and have to constantly rewind.
  • Excellent long read

    By B%bby
    I loved this book although it was a long read and occasionally I found it a little slow, overall it was a really interesting book to read. Whilst it can be a standalone novel I am sure like me most readers will have read the previous four books and are committed to the chief protagonists Strike and Robin. Their relationship is central to this book and it’s managed expertly by the author, although it is now a long drawn out false relationship spanning 5 books. The cold case murder investigation, which together with a number of lesser investigations and life challenges keep the book ticking along nicely. Certainly worth reading, a must for fans and clearly leaves us all wanting another instalment as soon as possible.
  • Transphobic Trash

    By unknown42627
    No ❤️. we don’t support transphobic books and themes
  • Best book

    By DI. Reader
    Best book of the year. I couldn’t put it down.
  • Marvellous

    By Kaff1962
    Thoroughly enjoyed this. I’ve been really delightfully absorbed by it. The only reason I’ve put it down is because I’ve had to work and sleep some of the time. I hope JK Rowling carries on writing for as long as I’m alive (which I intend being quite a few decades yet).