Troubled Blood - Robert Galbraith

Troubled Blood

By Robert Galbraith

  • Release Date: 2020-09-15
  • Genre: Hard-Boiled
Score: 4.5
From 373 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


  • 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).
  • Love love loved it!

    By ems
    Another brilliant Strike and Robin instalment. This was a brilliant 5th book and I think my favourite so far
  • Gripping read

    By Mel Relton
    Powered through the latest Cormoran Strike book. Don’t let the size put you off, as it is a gripping read right until the last page - I could not put the book down.
  • The Best in the series so far

    By Muchofloyd fan
    How to write a review without any spoilers? Well I will do it. I think that this is the best in the series so far. I can’t understand some carping that it is too long. This book needs to be this long as it really gets into the workings of the agency as a whole rather than just saying the agency is really busy and then only concentrating on one case. It really covers a lot of ground and we get fully rounded characters as well as lots of plot lines developing from previous books. I’m one of these people that doesn’t want to try and work out “who dun it”. I want the write to take me on the journey and this book certainly does that. I just can’t wait until the next one comes out. Please J.K./Robert, make it A.S.A.P.
  • Fantastic book

    By London Flaneur
    I read crime novels by the bucketload but this series is in a league of its own. The storytelling in Troubled Blood is compelling and clever, and the main characters so beautifully developed that their relationship is a subplot in its own right. I couldn't put this book down. Even by JK Rowling's standards, this is flawless. I cannot wait for the next one.
  • Excellent book

    By Dave B 1968
    Another great story, if you enjoyed the previous titles in this series you will enjoy this one. Really great story with lots of twists and turns. Please don’t be put off by reviewers who haven’t read the book!
  • Another gripping Strike and Robin Novel.

    By highhopesherd
    After reading a review by someone clearly intent on a personal attack on JK, I decided to read the book and spent the last few days enjoying a well written thriller. Great to read the developing relationship with Robin and Strike, a well thought out plot and a wave of thought provoking opinions that all the characters brought to the storyline. JK has this wonderful ability to draw you in to her writing and make you feel comfortable about your self even after you have just read about the most devious, horrific serial killer this book of fiction had to offer. Looking forward to the next one.
  • Meh

    By LittleLeaMac
    Reads like an average writer’s debut, hard to believe it was written by the same person that brought us The Wizarding World. A bit dull, predictable in places with lacklustre characters.
  • Read it and make up your own mind.

    By Musewood
    Another excellent and gripping case for Cormoran and Robin. Lots of negative critics have clearly not read the book. Happily much of the moronic criticism has ensured that the plot is still a secret. Read it at a sitting. One criticism however. Keeping the two protagonists at arms length from each other is becoming a bit formulaic. Otherwise a great read.