Troubled Blood

I feel conflicted and guilty because I enjoyed this book. I like Cormoran, Robin, and the offices on Denmark street, they feel comfortable, and after several books in the series somewhat like a home. Unfortunately [[J. K. Rowling]] has become poisonous and I don’t want to support her. I borrowed this as an ebook from the library so she probably gets some portion of a penny or something. Part of me wishes there were no more books in the series, but alas it looks like another will be published in August, maybe I can get the actual hard copy from the library to avoid giving her any more money.

I often felt this book was as much or more about Robin as Cormoran. IIRC the series didn’t start out that way.


When Troubled Blood came out there was some outcry about it being transphobic, and after reading it I can see why. One of the main “bad guys” dresses up in drag to approach women before killing them, which feels like something that may only exist in a transphobic person’s mind and have never happened in the real world. It also fits nicely into the current transphobic narrative around sports, where some people are making a fuss about trans athletes competing in women’s sports as an “attack” on “real” women.

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Career of Evil

The third Cormoran Strike novel is more gruesome than the first two, closer to Tess Gerritsen than the first two novels, and a lot of the quaintness is gone. The story is still good, and the mystery works well and I didn’t feel like I had figured it out too far ahead of time.

Interestingly, Strike has an epiphany and connects some very remotely related facts, ultimately solving the mystery, while he’s extremely sleep-deprived, which I recently learned is an undesirable condition in for someone who wants to make connections across wide arrays of facts.

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