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Happy Troubled Blood day! Wherever and however you are reading it, enjoy! Most importantly, especially in light of a recent...

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Happy Troubled Blood day! Wherever and however you are reading it, enjoy! Most importantly, especially in light of a recent...

Because we are now entering the comedown phase and who knows when we will see them next.

Spoiler: Dedicated to TB Chapter 58

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Because we are now entering the comedown phase and who knows when we will see them next. Spoiler: Dedicated to TB Chapter 58

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The Cormorant and the Robin... Date Posted: 19/09/2020

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The Cormorant and the Robin... Date Posted: 19/09/2020

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“Robin & Cormoran | Under the same sun” Second brand new fan video of the Cormoran & Robin partnership, this time created by...

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“What I think about you and the job is that you are brilliant at it. I had a decade of training. I did hundreds of cases with...

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“What I think about you and the job is that you are brilliant at it. I had a decade of training. I did hundreds of cases with...

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Strike & Robin - “Movement” Already missing Cormoran and Robin on-screen?  Relive all their best moments in this brand new fan...

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📸 A previously unseen promotional photo of Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger) & Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke) in Strike: The...

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📸 A previously unseen promotional photo of Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger) & Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke) in Strike: The...

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Cormoran’s face in the last gif is the funniest thing ever.
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Cormoran’s face in the last gif is the funniest thing ever.

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Strike Location A Day: Troubled Blood  Starts Tuesday 6th October 2020 Thank you for the replies and direct messages on Twitter...

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Strike Location A Day: Troubled Blood  Starts Tuesday 6th October 2020 Thank you for the replies and direct messages on Twitter...

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Strike Location A Day     Day 162 Old Swan House 17 Chelsea Embankment, London After parting ways with Cormoran, Robin continues...
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Strike Location A Day     Day 162 Old Swan House 17 Chelsea Embankment, London After parting ways with Cormoran, Robin continues...

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Strike: The TV Soundtrack Playlist Enjoyed the music used in the four series of Strike? We’ve compiled together all the...

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STRIKE: LETHAL WHITE (2020)  EPISODE 4
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STRIKE: LETHAL WHITE (2020) EPISODE 4

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The Rowling Library have very kindly given us permission to share their review of Troubled Blood here on The Tottenham. You can of course read it direct on their website via: https://www.therowlinglibrary.com/2020/09/13/troubled-blood-review/

Note: There are minor spoilers within the review.

The long awaited fifth installment in the Cormoran Strike series is the longest one, as it happened in the Harry Potter series with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. But if this is the first time you hear of Cormoran Strike or Robert Galbraith, do not be afraid: it is not completely necessary to have read the previous books to enjoy Troubled Blood because the mystery case stands on its own. And if there are any doubts or questions about what happened in the previous books, J.K. Rowling gives small tidbits of information to brief the reader on the events that precede this novel (which is useful also for those who did read the books but do not remember every detail).

Troubled Blood, as it has been promoted for the past weeks, begins when a woman approaches our favourite detective and asks him to solve the case of a missing woman. The tricky detail on this puzzling request? This missing woman disappeared forty years ago. The characteristics of a cold case make it a very interesting one for our detectives because it is the first time that Cormoran Strikeand his now partner Robin Ellacot face something like this. And although there are difficulties in investigating a case of which little remains beyond the memories of witnesses, there are also simplifications: neither Cormoran nor Robin take any major risks. That is why, perhaps, the novel may lack action sequences, but that does not make it any less bearable. On the contrary, the explanations of a case that happened four decades ago are all very well accomplished: through conversations and memories of the different characters who knew Margaret “Margot” Bamborough (the missing woman) and also through the conversations between the two detective partners, who advance the plot with their own conclusions.

As it happens in the previous books, a tangled web of facts and suspicions is presented to the reader, but although at first glance the number of characters and the relationships between them may appear overwhelming (this added to the fact that like in every crime story all characters may be liars and the truth is hidden), the story is very well told and easy to keep up with. It is perhaps one of Rowling’s high points in this novel, along with the realistic dialogues – perhaps the best in her career – and the internal monologues of both Cormoran and Robin. There is also a mystery within a mystery: if in Lethal White the two cases ran in parallel (though feeding off each other), in Troubled Blood we go full meta to find a mystery within the main one: it is the notes (and behaviour) of Bill Talbot, the first detective who officially handled the case, and who in the midst of madness, believed that the answer and solution to it was in the zodiacal signs. Throughout the whole story we are able to see the writings he left on his notebook, not only through descriptions, but also through illustrations of said notebook.) Even if Talbot’s notes are not useful and only serve as a distraction, (and here comes a spoiler) we end up without knowing why he was convinced zodiacal signs were the answer. His obsession is left without much explanation and it is just a plot device to distract the protagonists from the real case, a plot device that remains unsolvable at the end of the story.

It is perhaps on zodiacal signs that J.K. Rowling did a great deal of research, and without us knowing, some of that research was included in her Twitter header images, where Tarot cards appeared, and even Alesiter Crowley’s own natal chart, which is mentioned several times in Troubled Blood. This is where Rowling once again shows off as a mystery writer: between ups and downs that involve confessions, talks and re herrings, Cormoran and Robin (because the credit goes to both of them) manage to solve a case that happened forty years ago and they do so, not by using magic and occultism, but by using the scientific and deductive method that identified them in the previous cases. As it mentioned, except in one particular scene, the danger is almost nil and the lives of the protagonists are never felt to be at risk. In fact, the most fervent scenes are unrelated to the main case: situations between Cormoran Strike and members of his family or his ex-wife. Cleverly, the couple of detectives are hired for a year, which gives them a temporary constraint: if not, there would be nothing to compete against in the search for Bamborough’s killer.

The title, Troubled Blood, is almost a hint to several symbols that appear throughout the novel, very similar to what Stephen King did with Carrie and all the allegories to blood. In Rowling’s latest novel, one of the characters is a hematologist and suffers from hemophilia, Robin’s new roommate has heart problems, and a blood sample in an old notebook may be a clue to find the killer. But not always are the hints to blood so literal: the story is anchored to the relationships between fathers and sons which are always problematic. From life to death, through abortions and pregnancies, troubled blood is present in one way or another.

Beyond the extensive research that the author does so that every fact and location is real, there are also parts that come directly from her life. What could be a hint to Harry Potter, Robin Ellacott also answers “I am a what?” in a confusing revelation, and there are references to trials that prohibit the release of books, something similar to what J.K. Rowling experienced with the website “The Harry Potter Lexicon”. Another part of the book is also mixed between fiction and real life: a seven-year-old Cormoran Strike is pressed by an older woman at the school gate to receive a letter and hand it to his father, an experience similar to that of Rowling’s daughter when she was still in school. Also, as a joke to herself, Rowling makes Cormoran Strike say “One of her [mother’s] best mates did my full horoscope for her when I was born. I should have recognized that straight off”, when talking about the kind of people his mother used to be friends with. Rowling herself used to create natal charts for her friends’ children when they were born.

The common thread running through all five books so far – and perhaps the million dollar question for readers – is if something finally happens between Robin Ellacott and Cormoran Strike. Spoilers ahead, but fans who were expecting a kiss or even a small love confession will be disappointed. At least both characters seem to have accepted their fate. Every other character seems to agree with most of the readers: they have to be together. The question is not anymore an if now, but when. Although the expectations are not met, that does not mean there are no interesting encounters between them: a heated discussion halfway through the book, and an interrogation sequence that seems on the verge of a romantic conversation at the end could have finished in a different way, if not for a friendly interruption. The readers will probably be happy anyway, but there is always room to see what will happen in the next book, both on a sentimental level and on a mystery one. And although Strike might follow Mazankov’s and Krupov’s steps, we hope that he doesn’t suffer the same fate.

Credit: The Rowling Library / therowlinglibrary.comDate Posted: 14/09/2020

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Troubled Blood: Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Rowling Library

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1 Day to Troubled Blood!🩸 We can only apologise for all the bad puns over the past few weeks. We’ll admit they’ve been bloody...

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“Sonnet” by The Verve Strike: Lethal White episode 4 Cormoran and Robin, and the Strike: Lethal White series, bowed out to this...

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“If I could, then I would I'll go wherever you will go Way up high or down low, I'll go wherever you will go.” Strike: Lethal...

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Strike Location A Day     Day 161 Chelsea Embankment Chelsea, London Cormoran & Robin leave the Cheyne Walk Brasserie and...
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Strike Location A Day     Day 161 Chelsea Embankment Chelsea, London Cormoran & Robin leave the Cheyne Walk Brasserie and...

The 2nd review of Troubled Blood, this time from Jake Kerridge at The Telegraph. Once again this review is behind a paywall and therefore we have paid to bring it here to The Tottenham. The original article location is here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/troubled-blood-robert-galbraith-review-jk-rowling-fails-strike/

Note: possible spoilers ahead…

This fifth instalment in JK Rowling’s pseudonymous series continues to chronicle the prolonged will-they-won’t-they relationship between private eyes Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

One obstacle has at last been cleared: Robin has now separated from her weaselly husband Matthew. There’s not much time for romance, however, with dying relatives, pervy colleagues, estranged parents and suicidal ex-partners preoccupying the dynamic duo as much as their work.

Rowling/Galbraith always writes well about her characters’ personal lives, although there is nothing here that quite matches her superbly well-observed portrait of the breakdown of Robin’s marriage in the last book. Nevertheless, Rowling’s recent revelation that she was sexually assaulted as a young woman adds an extra poignancy to her depiction of how Robin’s similar experiences drive her desire to help life’s victims.

The meat of the book is the investigation into a cold case: the disappearance of GP Margot Bamborough in 1974, thought to have been a victim of Dennis Creed, a transvestite serial killer. One wonders what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress. As Strike and Robin try to uncover the truth, the novel’s 900 pages unfold as a series of interminable conversations with various elderly witnesses, and there is an almost perverse lack of excitement.

Although novels about decades-old crimes often lack a sense of urgency, there can be a compensatory depth: see for example Agatha Christie’s masterly Five Little Pigs. But, pleasant reading though it is, there’s little here to justify the book being twice as long as the early Strike novels. In those, Rowling expertly kept plot, character, tension and pace in perfect balance; she ought to reread them before she embarks on the sixth book.

Credit: Jake Kerridge / The TelegraphDate: 13/09/2020

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The Telegraph Troubled Blood review: “JK Rowling fails to Strike again” ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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2 Days to Troubled Blood!🩸 When thinking of this book, try not to touch your shelf... 📚 Date Posted: 13/09/2020

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2 Days to Troubled Blood!🩸 When thinking of this book, try not to touch your shelf... 📚 Date Posted: 13/09/2020

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How long has passed between lethal white and troubled blood?

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Hope you’ve all been spending the weekend re-enforcing your bookshelf for this absolute unit... Date Posted: 12/09/2020

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Hope you’ve all been spending the weekend re-enforcing your bookshelf for this absolute unit... Date Posted: 12/09/2020

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This is the first, to our knowledge, review of Troubled Blood, the 5th Cormoran Strike novel. Reviewed by Tom Nolan of The Wall Street Journal, we have copied and pasted it here, on The Tottenham, as it is currently behind a paywall which we’ve had to pay in order to read and bring to you. 

Note: possible spoilers ahead…

Mysteries: A Cold Case for Cormoran Strike

In the fifth adventure for J.K. Rowling’s private eye, a disappearance with an eerie edge.

Troubled Blood” is the fifth and most ambitious book yet to chronicle the doings of Cormoran Strike, the army veteran and London-based private detective who stars in a winning series written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The well-known Strike is in Cornwall on a family visit when a woman named Anna recognizes him in a pub and approaches him. She explains how her mother, Margot Bamborough, worked as a doctor and dropped from sight early one evening 40 years ago, never again to be seen. The detective is intrigued and agrees to look into this vintage puzzle. “Our first cold case,” Strike observes to his partner, Robin Ellacott. “This is going to be interesting.”

“One does not expect a friend to vanish into thin air without leaving a single trace,” says one of Margot’s former colleagues. “There is something—uncanny about it.” Officials assumed that Margot fell into the clutches of Dennis Creed, a serial murderer whose “very name seemed to conjure a kind of black hole … a manifestation of almost supernatural evil.” Though convicted of several other slayings and confined in a prison hospital, the killer never acknowledged Margot as one of his victims. “Creed uses publicity as a chance to torment the families,” says the son of a police detective originally assigned to the mystery of the missing doctor.

Troubled Blood,” which spans the course of a year, is a sprawling and eventful saga in which the central cold case shares space with other investigations, along with dramatic incidents in the detectives’ private lives. These include the imminent cancer-death of Strike’s surrogate mother; the deteriorating emotional state of his suicidal ex-girlfriend; Robin’s protracted divorce arrangements; and the growing awareness in both Strike and Robin that they yearn to be partners in more than a business sense.

The chances of now finding out what happened to Margot, Strike admits, are “slim to non-existent.” On the other hand, “people don’t just vaporize.” The detectives sift out the memories of surviving people of interest, and the more they learn about the missing woman, the harder it becomes to pin down her character. The onetime Playboy Bunny who scrimped and studied to become a doctor made differing impressions on different acquaintances. To one patient, “she was one of the bravest, kindest people I’ve ever known.” But the recollections of others who crossed her path seem less charitable. Who’s telling the truth, and who may be lying out of malice or to protect themselves? Balancing social comedy, surprising twists and Grand Guignol horror, this doorstopping volume proves a formidable entertainment from the first page to the last.

Credit: Tom Nolan / Wall Street JournalDate Posted: 12/09/2020

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First Troubled Blood review

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Strike Location A Day     Day 160 Cheyne Walk Brasserie Chelsea, London Cormoran and Robin meet with Izzy Chiswell & Billy...
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Strike Location A Day     Day 160 Cheyne Walk Brasserie Chelsea, London Cormoran and Robin meet with Izzy Chiswell & Billy...

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Holliday Grainger talks to TV Times on the Strike finale In this week’s edition (12th-18th September). Credit: TV Times / The...

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Holliday Grainger talks to TV Times on the Strike finale In this week’s edition (12th-18th September). Credit: TV Times / The...

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3 Days to Troubled Blood!🩸 We’re feeling drained after all this waiting.🩸🧛🏻‍♂️ Date Posted: 12/09/2020

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3 Days to Troubled Blood!🩸 We’re feeling drained after all this waiting.🩸🧛🏻‍♂️ Date Posted: 12/09/2020

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Strike Location A Day     Day 159 (Part 3/3) Blomfield Road Moorings (Part 2/2) Little Venice, Westminster, London As the sun...
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Strike Location A Day     Day 159 (Part 3/3) Blomfield Road Moorings (Part 2/2) Little Venice, Westminster, London As the sun...

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Strike Location A Day     Day 159 (Part 1/3) Blomfield Road Little Venice, Westminster, London Robin crosses the road from...
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Strike Location A Day     Day 159 (Part 1/3) Blomfield Road Little Venice, Westminster, London Robin crosses the road from...

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4 Days to Troubled Blood!🩸 Always give 100%. Unless you’re donating blood... Date Posted: 11/09/2020

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We’re moving to the Netherlands... Credit: loelapaloela  Date Posted: 10/09/2020

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We’re moving to the Netherlands... Credit: loelapaloela  Date Posted: 10/09/2020

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“What?” “You’re like one of those old-fashioned pay-phones, except you take biscuits instead of coins.” “I like the idea.” ...

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“What?” “You’re like one of those old-fashioned pay-phones, except you take biscuits instead of coins.” “I like the idea.” ...

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Strike Location A Day     Day 158 (Part 2/2) Clifton Villas Little Venice, Westminster, London Robin heads down Clifton Villas...
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Strike Location A Day     Day 158 (Part 2/2) Clifton Villas Little Venice, Westminster, London Robin heads down Clifton Villas...

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Strike Location A Day     Day 158 (Part 1/2) Warwick Avenue Station Little Venice, Westminster, London Robin exits the Tube on...
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Strike Location A Day     Day 158 (Part 1/2) Warwick Avenue Station Little Venice, Westminster, London Robin exits the Tube on...

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Strike Location A Day       Day 157 (Part 4/4) 2:30pm Geoffrey Freer Stakes Race Ladies Day, Newbury Racecourse  18th August...

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First image of a physical copy of Troubled Blood!  Credit: Annet_bezemer / Instagram  Date Posted: 09/09/2020

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First image of a physical copy of Troubled Blood!  Credit: Annet_bezemer / Instagram  Date Posted: 09/09/2020

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Strike Location A Day     Day 157 (Part 3/4) The Crafty Filly  Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire  Cormoran and Robin arrange here to...
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Strike Location A Day     Day 157 (Part 3/4) The Crafty Filly  Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire  Cormoran and Robin arrange here to...

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Strike Location A Day     Day 157 (Part 2/4) 2009 Epsom Derby  Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey Whilst queuing with Robin for...

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Strike Location A Day     Day 157 (Part 1/4) Newbury Racecourse  Berkshire, England Cormoran and Robin drive at the Newbury...