Troubled Blood Cover Revealed

The cover for Troubled Blood has finally been revealed!

Since Troubled Blood was announced earlier this year, we’ve all been eagerly awaiting the book’s cover – and it did not disappoint.

In the likely conclusion to Robert Galbraith’s video clues, today’s video took us on a literal spin before ultimately revealing the new cover.

We’re also excited to note that the theory that the clock is the Henry VIII Astronomical clock from Hampton Court Palace is still a possibility. Yesterday, when the “XX” appeared on the clue, we weren’t so sure, but upon seeing the full cover we can see that the numbers I-XII are repeated in the same way the Hampton Court clock is. With J.K. Rowling’s fantastic use of real locations in the series, is it possible that we’ll be visiting Hampton Court Palace in addition to Cornwall? As far as we’re concerned, the more road trips with these two, the better!

See the side by side below for comparison.

This astronomical clock and the mention of tarot cards in the synopsis brings us back to previous clues we’ve received.  Remember these photos from JK Rowling’s twitter banners? First we have the three Thoth tarot cards being Death, an upside down Ace of Swords and the Two of Cups.  (Thanks to thetottenham for finding those tarot cards and their meanings!) Which was followed by the Aleistor Crowley birth chart, the famous occultist who, we know, captured the attention of Jeff Whittaker. 

It’s very exciting to see these clues all start to come together and makes us even more excited to get our hands on Troubled Blood in September. What does it all mean? What will Strike think of the world of tarot cards? Will we be seeing more of Whittaker? We’ll be finding out in 67 days! Be sure to let us know if you have any theories! 

Just in case you missed it yesterday, check out the synopsis for Troubled Blood below! 

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 . . .


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