Described as “an ample woman” with red-gold hair “laced with silver” and blue-gray eyes, Linda Ellacott is known for her “gentle kindness” as well as for having many interests, which include gardening, cooking and listening to radio programs. During The Silkworm, she’s enrolled in an Open University degree in English Literature. She has four children — Stephen, Robin, Martin and Jonathan — and a husband, Michael, as well as a chocolate Labrador dog called Rowntree. (Rowntree is the name of a local company in Yorkshire that produces sweets, including chocolate. Now owned by Nestle, Rowntree created the Kit Kat, Aero, Smarties and Rolo candies.) Linda and Robin are said to resemble one another in appearance.
Linda is apparently quite easy to get along with. Robin is very close to her mother, and both Matthew and Strike like Linda a great deal. She’s also a very perceptive woman who seems to insightfully understand Robin’s emotional life and is always on her daughter’s side. However, because of her natural parental concern, she isn’t always completely supportive of her daughter’s career choice.