“Troubled Blood” Teasers and Synopsis

This has been a very exciting week for Strike fans, and it’s only Wednesday! Not only have we been getting a series of Troubled Blood teasers from Robert Galbraith on Twitter, but our friends at The Tottenham found the synopsis for Troubled Blood on the Little Brown site, which you can find here.

Let’s start off with what we’ve all been waiting for: the Troubled Blood synopsis!

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 . . .

An amazing synopsis for what is sure to be an amazing book.  It’s no wonder that JK Rowling said Troubled Blood is her favorite of the series so far.


Now for the teasers: JK Rowling has always appeared to enjoy teasing us with cryptic clues for a new book release, so it’s safe to say that her friend, Robert Galbraith, would enjoy the same bit of fun. Monday started us off with our first short video of what appears to be an astronomical clock in a downpour of rain.

Featured in the first clue was the Roman Numeral IX and below: the numbers 15 and 20. This first clue appears to be the release date, which we all know is September 15, 2020.

The second clue features a crab (possibly the Cancer sign?) and more of this mysterious clock.

Our friend Rebecca (link to her Twitter here) found an extremely close match in Henry VIII’s Astronomical Clock at Hampton Court Palace.

Here’s a closeup of the crab from Hampton Court Palace clock taken from this YouTube video

The resemblance is striking; however, our third and final clue to date might throw a wrench in this theory. The final video features the roman number XX, or 20, while the Hampton Court Palace clock only goes up to 12. 


We haven’t been able to find another clock that matches these clues quite as well.  It’s possible that the photo for the clue was edited, but we’ll have to wait for more to be sure. Stay tuned as we hope to have more Strike news coming your way soon!


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