AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Format: Audio
Genre:  Mystery
Narrator:  Robert Glenister

Publisher: Mulholland Books
 31 Hours 51 minutes
Buy: Kindle | Audio


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 . . .


I love the Cormoran Strike series, and the audio books are excellent.  The narrator is a fantastic voice actor and I often get so immersed I don't realize how long I have been listening which is a good thing since these are about 30 hours long. 

Book 5 finds Strike and his partner Robin looking for a woman who has been missing since 1974. Her disappearance has been attributed to a serial killer who is behind bars, but her body has never been found. 

Over the year long investigation they follow the notes of the police detective who was on the case and who also was kicked off the force for losing his mind.  During the investigation he had a medical condition that caused him a lot of confusion and made his mind wander toward magic, tarot and astrology.  Its fascinating to watch them piece together the mad ramblings of a good detective who despite being ill still left clues as to who may have been truly responsible for the disappearance. 

There's a lot going on in this book not only the mystery but with Strike and his absent famous father and the people who raised Strike as a child when his mom took off. I know not everyone is a JK Rowling fan and I know there was some controversy around this book and a trans character but I just didn't see it. That was such a minor part of the book I'm not even sure why they choose to pick on it. 

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