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Troubled Blood

I am well aware of the controversy JK Rowling has created. Why she feels the need to double down on this subject is beyond me. However,I I separate artist and work. I always have. A celebrity’s personal life has no bearing on what I read, watch, or listen to. That said, TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN.

This book is the fifth in the Cormoran Strike series. The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil, and Lethal White are the others. I have really enjoyed these books and rarely see the ending coming. Troubled Blood was no exception. At 900+ pages, I flew through this book because it was excellent.

From Goodreads:

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 . . .

The cold case aspect was really interesting, given that many of the people surrounding the case were either dead or near impossible to find. Rowling does an excellent job leaving you hints along the way that become important by the end. Something you think is just a one-off sentence or conversation ends up leading to a major revelation.

If you are turned off of Rowling from this point on, I understand and respect that. However, if you are okay with continuing to read her work, then I highly recommend this series.