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Troubled Blood

Cormoran Strike, Book 5
Narrated by: Robert Glenister
Series: Cormoran Strike, Book 5
Length: 31 hrs and 51 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (480 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 40 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.

Robin herself is 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Robert Galbraith (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"A blistering piece of crime writing." (Sunday Times)

"The work of a master storyteller." (Daily Telegraph)

"Highly inventive storytelling." (Guardian)

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  • 18-09-2020

Incomplete

I want to clarify that my rating is because the audiobook is incomplete! I am only up to Chapter 3 but Chapter 2 cuts away mid-sentence and it is clear from the UK reviews that this happens more than once during the book. I have decided not to finish listening until a complete versions is made available as I don’t want to miss parts of the story. This is the second book this month that I have purchased from audible that has been incomplete - very disappointing.

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Favourite new fiction of 2020

Normally I find many series start strong but decline or lose momentum as they progress. J K rowlling is one of the rare exceptions where each instalment consistently strengthens and gets more enjoyable. Before troubled blood, Lethal white was a clear favourite but troubled blood is giving it a good run for its money. Her ability to create real, unique, human characters along with humour and flaws is unparalleled. Robert Glenister did a fantastic job and I really hope he continues to narrate CS books. I will be giving this a 2nd or 3rd or more relistens no doubt. What a masterpiece

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Describes horrific violence against women

Such a pity this great story is marred by unnecessary, detailed and sickening depictions of violence against women.

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Best Strike Book!

I loved Troubled Blood. It was my favourite of the series so far & I look forward to the next one. So glad I ignored all of the drama, it was fantastic!

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Great book

In relation to another review I saw on here: chapter two correctly ends mid sentence, there is nothing missing, that is how the chapter was written. Another great Strike book, very enjoyable.

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Next level AMAZING!

Wow! Just WOW! This is a master class of crime fiction writing. I couldn’t put it down and I wished it would never end. It’s the best crime fiction I’m ever read and it’s best by 10 country miles. The story, the characters, the emotion, the insight into how we interact, the, the, the......it’s just outstanding! I loved each and every twist, every turn, every up and every down. AMAZING and thank you :-)

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Exceptional! I never wanted it to end.

I really can’t think of a better writer or a better narrator. Troubled Blood, like the previous Strike books was such a page turner. I couldn’t stop listening, I never wanted it to end and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. The story is weaved to perfection, kept me at the edge of my seat with constant surprises, emotional changes, incredible descriptions and great suspense. And - thankfully it lacked cheesiness. Loved it.

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Brilliant

Loved this book and could not stop listening. Well written and well read. Highly recommend.

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Entertaining

Really enjoyed this book Excellent reading by Mr Glenister Hated the verses at the beginning of each chapter. Would have preferred music like the Ben Aaronovitch books

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LOVED THIS BOOK

So enjoyed this book again and the development of the relationships and characters. The story was fascinating and as someone who reads this genre regularly I can honestly say I had NO IDEA who the murderer was!! JK Rowling as Robert Galbraith is a master story teller!!! Read it and enjoy!!

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  • SB
  • 18-09-2020

Another deep and light study of humanity

I loved this book. I got immersed, again, into the many facets of the characters, threads are woven naturally. Life and death, love and hate, friendship, ridicule... The crimes reveal the everchanging hues of humanity, fragile, heroic, pathetic, deranged. Another handbook on human relations from which you emerge a better person. Well done. Like the four other novels, I first got the audiobook, read by Robert Glenister, and I really love the way he renders the voices. Robin and Strike are vivid, alive in their own right.

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  • Web_mistress
  • 22-09-2020

Another great Strike novel

Great narrator, great plot. One thing that keeps bugging me is that names of reappearing secondary characters get changed from a book to a book. Ilsa Herbert became Isla Herbert in this one, Chiara Porter from the first book was Chiara Parker in the next.

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  • Maria White
  • 22-09-2020

There is nothing better than good story telling.

I loved it and it was never boring in spite of the length. Actually, I was surprised when I realized just now how many listening hours this book provides. It was a pleasure to enjoy it. Hopefully, there will be a next one in the series soon. The people come to life and there are stories within stories. And thankfully it was not so gruesome I had to skip forward. I think I'll listen to it again very soon to fully appreciate the book and the narrator.

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  • Donna
  • 01-10-2020

Unbelievable, unpleasant, disappointing

I'm not sure what was in the author's mind with this story. I was interested at the start, and as I could listen to Robert Glenister read the paper for 30 hours, it was easy just to keep listening. It was good to hear Robin & Strike's "voices" again, and there were some parts that rang true. The details about their other cases though - the main plot was about a 40 year old disappearance - was in too much detail and, given all the other detective's background in police work, I found the length of time it took for them to work out one of the cases ridiculous. The astrological stuff was just boring - I skipped many bits just waiting for something intelligible - and it didn't ring true that Robin would start consulting the tarot. The fact that the author actually recreated the notebook into a PDF feels like such a waste of time - I would have preferred she concentrate more on her characters. There is way too much information about the terrible things that the serial killer did to his victims - things that are hard to forget once the image is in your mind. I really didn't need that and I think the level of detail was completely unnecessary. But the most unbelievable part of the story was in the last few chapters, when the case was solved. I may have missed something, but I have no idea how they worked out where to look. So ultimately unsatisfying and quite disappointing. I've loved all the previous books and was so looking forward to this one.

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  • Mani S.
  • 27-09-2020

excellent mystery that focuses on the characters

at nearly 32 hours, this is the longest strike/ Robin book yet, and every bit satisfying as the previous. I love how the narratives weave in and out of each other seamlessly, as the novel is at once a classic mystery and a study in workplace dynamics. Galbraith is at her fluent best with original idioms and nerve wracking scenes. The brutality of the tale is juxtaposed with the human cost of the sufferers and for this alone, Troubled Blood will remain special. within the series, this equals The Cuckoo's Calling as the best mystery solves. Career of Evil remains unchallenged as the one where the characters are most in danger. I look forward to the next chapter in these fantastic novels.

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  • Nadia
  • 26-09-2020

It get better with every book

I don’t know how she does it. Each book gets better than the next one. Can’t wait till book #6 !

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  • barbara
  • 28-10-2020

Just brilliant

clever clever writing. development of characters, story... kept me addicted. Had to space listening time so didn’t all end too soon.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-2020

Loved it!

So many twists and turns and an unexpected suspect. I consider it to be the best of the series

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  • Philip Creswell
  • 22-10-2020

Excellent and Thought Provoking

I really like the Galbraith novels and this one isn't an exception. While I approached this book with trepidation because of the dust up around trans issues and claims that the killer was part of Rowling's TERF agenda, I'd pre-ordered it and the damage was done. So, after my partner recommended it, I gave it a go. The book is interesting and fun, and I think Rowling does a great job of working feminist issues into the book. However, as others have commented, every man in the whole book is basically unlikeable in some way, even Strike. From Pullworth referring to his wife as a "hole at home" and trying to meet women as "chasing gash" (WTF British people?!) to Strike giving credit to other people for Robin's successes to at-work harassment, jealousy, constant degrading of Robin's abilities, the conman who's also an MRA, etc., it just seems like *every* man is bad in an easily memeable-on-Facebook kind of way. (She also seems to take shots at Third Wave feminists and sidles up to intersectionality in interesting ways... so the book really is loaded with these issues.) Thus, it felt a bit as though Rowling was making a point: Patriarchy sucks and our protagonist (Robin, in this case, as Strike is definitely an antagonist for parts of this) ends up almost seeming like a Mary Sue. Robin is *always* right, she's always doing the right thing, she's always one step ahead and all she wants is a nice birthday present and a recognition of her obviously superior abilities and men are just in her way at all turns. Robin is never in the wrong. So The Man is just keeping our hyper-competent female sidekick down. If her flaw is, basically, that she's not assertive enough, that's the "I just care too much" of character flaws: a humble brag. I would've said that these issues lacked subtlety if she hadn't used the whole debate in such a brilliant way at the end of the book. In fact, they help to make the payoff even more interesting, and I feel like the back half of the novel does a good job of balancing the scales in terms of paying things off and using these questions to throw red herrings for readers. In the end, she does a good job of showing a lot of different experiences and facets of the issues facing us as we grapple with issues of gender in society. And it's more subtle than it seems. [See folks: spoiler free!] And that makes the ending very satisfying for me. Unfortunately, I think that Rowling's TERF credentials seem pretty well-confirmed at this point, however, the claims about the nature of the villain in this book were totally wrong. It's a shame that some editor didn't force their writers to finish the book before they plastered the internet with headlines that misrepresented the contents of the book. But I really do wish that Rowling would consider what it means to propagate anti-trans tropes given the size of her platform. And I can understand how the "man who dresses as woman" thing set off people's alarms given her unforced error of putting up that crap on Twitter. I hope she realizes that, like her murder victim, the point is to support everyone who needs it, not to draw arbitrary lines and perpetuate negative stereotypes that some people may read as reasons to exclude and oppress people who are already struggling.

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  • Blair Milne
  • 21-10-2020

Loved it

I have been waiting on pins and needles for this book! Loved every second of it. The characters were as entertaining and well rounded as before. The growing of the main characters were emotional and endearing. The conclusion of the mystery absolutely amazing and unexpected. Loved it.

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  • D. Hviid
  • 15-09-2020

Chapter two cuts out suddenly

Chapter two cuts out in the middle but there is no problem report button.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-09-2020

Great Mystery

To all the people saying it‘s „cutting off“ - it is not. It‘s exactly the same in the book, it is deliberate because it says that whatever they were hearing in the book was cut off as well, so they only heard parts of it. The same thing we hear. There is nothing wrong with it that would need fixing. About the book: great mystery that keeps one on the edge of the seat until the end. Robert Glenister is a great narrator and really easy to listen to, 31h seem long but not with this book and narrator. Can highly recommend the (audio)book and can‘t wait for a new Cormoran Strike novel!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-2020

It's a great story. What a brilliant twist.

I have changed my review. There is no mistake. The soundtrack seems to cut out at the end of chapter 2 but I looked at the printed book text and the soundtrack is exactly as the text. Apologies

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  • Olivia L. McIlvenny
  • 16-09-2020

Why is Ilsa now Isla!

A character called Ilsa that has been pronounced correctly by the same narrator for all the other books...now calls her Isla!! And a few other miss pronunciations like Troy instead of Croy...sounds like autocorrect to me...deeply frustrating and there is some skipping in chapters 2 and 6. Great book though!

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  • Reubens Mum
  • 15-09-2020

Technical issues

Chapter two cuts out and also strikes friend's name is Ilsa not isla, this character has been in the other books where the name is said correctly - slightly annoying, I've not got to chapter 6 where others have said it's gone wrong. I have reported this issue.

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  • Kate
  • 16-09-2020

This audio is so disappointing

This audio is so disappointing. In several places it just seems to cut off at random. Nick's wife has been pronounced Ilsa for four books and suddenly her name, despite being still spelt Ilsa, is pronounced Isla which is absolutely ridiculous, didn't the narrator have a quick listen to one of the other books he'd previously narrated. Her accent is wrong as well. Completely different to how she was voiced in previous books. In addition Masham, is supposed to be pronounced Massam not Mash-am, and was correctly pronounced in the early books, although I think the pronunciation was incorrect in the last Strike book too, is there no quality control on these recordings? So annoying. I've abandoned listening and had to revert to reading.

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  • Mrs Julia Hackett
  • 15-09-2020

Chapters cutting short

So far up to chapter 6 and both this chapter and chapter 2 are cutting off before the end. Can this be fixed ASAP please! Update just brought the book, and weirdly in chapter 2 the line cuts short and doesn’t seem to go anywhere, so narration accurate but odd to say the least, incorrect inflection?...also I love the narrator, but he is pronouncing Ilsa as Isla...not good...

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  • Steve Jones
  • 15-09-2020

Problem with Chapters

There seems to be an issue with chapter 2 and 6 aren’t complete. This needs sorting ASAP

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-2020

Chapter 2 cuts out.

Chapter 2 cuts out. Will this be fixed? Love this series. Don’t want anything to ruin the experience.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-09-2020

Not a review yet.

I've noticed some are mentioning that chapter 2 ends abruptly. Yes, it does but it's not a technical fault. I have the ebook as well and the chapter ends with the punctuation mark '...' So the narration halts at that point. Hope that helps.

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