JK Rowling's Robert Galbraith Mysteries: Cormoran Strike Books in Order - GREAT BRITISH BOOK CLUB (2024)

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Back in 2013, Robert Galbraith came on the scene with a book called The Cuckoo's Calling. It was the first in what would become a series of books about a London-based private investigator named Cormoran Strike.

Except that Robert Galbraith wasn't a real person.

Robert Galbraith was actually JK Rowling, the world-famous author of the Harry Potter series.

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The Cormoran Strike mystery novels are set in London, beginning with the year 2010. Cormoran Strike is relatively new to owning his own detective agency, but he has a military background with history as a Royal Military Police Special Investigation Branch investigator. He's also an Oxford-dropout and the estranged, illegitimate son of rock star Johnny Rokeby (thanks to his late mother, famed groupie Leda Strike).

His assistant Robin begins the series as a temp worker sent over by an agency he forgot to cancel. She's a newly-engaged college dropout with a traumatic past and a seriously unpleasant fiancé.

Both are tremendously competent, and the series follows the two as they solve tough cases and develop a close friendship (with fairly obvious hints at more to come).

Do I Need to Read the Cormoran Strike Novels in Order?

Though not absolutely necessary, we definitely recommend reading the Cormoran Strike books in order. Each book has a self-contained mystery, but unlike some mysteries where the books are almost entirely about the case, the Cormoran Strike novels also include quite a bit about the personal lives of Strike, Robin, and some of the side characters.

The mysteries will still make perfect sense if you read them out of order, but you'll feel a bit lost in terms of character development and relationships. You'll be able to piece most of it together, but it won't be nearly as satisfying.

Cormoran Strike Book 1: Cuckoo's Calling

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On a cold winter night, a troubled young model, Lula Landry, falls off her balcony to her death. Police deem it suicide, but her brother's doubts lead him to hire Cormoran Strike to investigate.

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Cormoran Strike Book 2: The Silkworm

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In The Silkworm, Strike is approached by the wife of novelist Owen Quine. He's gone missing again, and she needs him to place a call and help track him down. Unfortunately, this disappearance isn't as simple as all the others.

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Cormoran Strike Book 3: Career of Evil

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Robin is settling into her job and planning a wedding until one horrifying day when someone sends her a severed leg. Together, she and Strike rush to figure out why they were targeted – before the bad press scares off all their clients.

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Cormoran Strike Book 4: Lethal White

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As the book opens, a mentally ill man named Billy visits Cormoran's office seeking help with a murder he thinks he witnessed as a child. As Cormoran and Robin investigate, it draws the attention of a PI hired by a member of Parliament who's being blackmailed. Before too long, the two of them are in the middle of a high-profile investigation with ties to both grassroots activists and some of the country's most prominent politicians.

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Cormoran Strike Book 5: Troubled Blood

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While visiting family in Cornwall, Cormoran is approached by a woman seeking answers about her mother's disappearance 40 years prior. Though he knows it will be tough, he and Robin decide to tackle the puzzling cold case.

This book is particularly interesting because of the way it plays with time. It unfolds over the course of a little more than a year, and much of the investigation deals with decades-old events and memories.

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Cormoran Strike Book 6: The Ink Black Heart

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While Troubled Blood handled a cold case full of mostly geriatric witnesses, The Ink Black Heart pivots to the more youthful world of the internet and online harassment.

When cartoonist Edie Ledwell shows up begging to speak with Robin, she describes a mysterious online stalker called Anomie who's been threatening and harassing her. Robin rejects the case as being beyond their capabilities, thinking nothing of it until a few days later. That's when she hears Edi has been murdered in Highgate Cemetery.

Feeling guilty and curious about Anomie's true identity, Robin and Strike quickly find themselves wrapped up in a web of shadowy businesses, online aliases, and family conflicts. Not surprisingly, the case may also put them in danger.

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Cormoran Strike Book 7: The Running Grave

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In The Running Grave, Strike and Robin are approached by a father whose son Will has run off to Norfolk to join a religious cult. On the surface, the Universal Humanitarian Church seems like a peaceful and innocuous organisation. Beneath the surface, however, dark things are happening – including some unexplained deaths.

In an attempt to rescue Will, it's decided that Robin will infiltrate the cult and live among its members. Unfortunately, she's not fully prepared for the dangers of deep undercover work.

This book will be published on September 26th, 2023, but you can pre-order your copy now. A brief sample was released a week or so ago, and if you do a bit of Googling, you'll be able to find a copy (assuming you absolutely can't wait for the release later this month).

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If you enjoy the books, don't miss the TV series. Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger are wonderfully cast in the roles, and while we strongly feel every book should have been adapted into a six-episode series, they're still very enjoyable in their shorter adaptations. If you don't have time to re-read each book ahead of the new one (quite a task now that there are 6 and some are 1000+ pages), the shows are a great way to catch up on what happened in past books.

In the UK, the episodes have aired on BBC One. If you missed their original air dates and you can't find them on iPlayer or another streaming service, you can pick up the DVDs below:

In the US, HBO Max is now the exclusive streaming outlet for the series. You can also purchase streaming copies HERE (check the SD price rather than the default HD if you're on a tight budget). In case you hadn't checked in a while, Troubled Blood (season 5 or 3, depending on where you're watching) is now available.

The Ink Black Heart is filming during the summer of 2023, but there's currently no estimate on the premiere date. Our best guess would be winter 2023/2024, but it's still too early to have any confirmed details.

There's been no word on a TV adaptation of the 2023 novel The Running Grave (yet).

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FAQs

JK Rowling's Robert Galbraith Mysteries: Cormoran Strike Books in Order - GREAT BRITISH BOOK CLUB? ›

Seven novels have so far been published in a planned series of ten. The seventh novel, titled The Running Grave, was released on 26 September 2023. As of February 2024, the series has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and was published in more than 50 countries, being translated into 43 languages.

How many books are there in the Cormoran Strike series? ›

Seven novels have so far been published in a planned series of ten. The seventh novel, titled The Running Grave, was released on 26 September 2023. As of February 2024, the series has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and was published in more than 50 countries, being translated into 43 languages.

Will there be book 7 of Cormoran Strike? ›

The series of Cormoran Strike books continues to grow, with the seventh book, The Running Grave out now.

In what order should I read the Strike books? ›

Cormoran Strike
  • 1 The Cuckoo's Calling (2013)
  • 2 The Silkworm (2014)
  • 3 Career of Evil (2015)
  • 4 Lethal White (2018)
  • 5 Troubled Blood (2020)
  • 6 The Ink Black Heart (2022)
  • 7 The Running Grave (2023)

How many books did J.K. Rowling write as Robert Galbraith? ›

The author uses the pseudonym for her crime novel series of six books, The Cormoran Strike, and she has revealed that she chose the moniker Robert because it's one of her favourite names, and Robert F Kennedy is her hero.

Do Cormoran Strike and Robin get together? ›

While the seventh novel of The Running Grave might leave fans feeling frustrated as, once again, Robin and Cormoran don't get together, the novel ends on something of a cliffhanger while marking the closest the characters have ever come to discuss their feelings with one another. So what happened?

Will there be a book 8 in the Cormoran Strike series? ›

March 15, 2024. Unexpectedly and through Twitter, J.K. Rowling has revealed the title of the eighth book in the Cormoran Strike series: “The Hallmarked Man.”

What is the name of Cormoran Strike book 7? ›

The Running Grave is a crime fiction novel written by J. K. Rowling, and published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. It was published 26 September 2023. It is the seventh novel in the Cormoran Strike series.

How many TV series of Cormoran Strike are there? ›

Fifteen episodes across five series have been broadcast to date, each series adapting the novels The Cuckoo's Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014), Career of Evil (2015), Lethal White (2018), and Troubled Blood (2020), respectively.

Is there a season 6 Strike? ›

Who is in series six of Strike? Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger reprise their roles as Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott respectively. Along with the two leads, It's A Sin's Ruth Sheen will return as Pat, Strike's office manager, and Payback's Jack Greenlees is back as Sam Barclay.

What is the order of Robert Galbraith's novels? ›

About the author

The first three novels The Cuckoo's Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014) and Career of Evil (2015) all topped the national and international bestseller lists and have been adapted for television, produced by Brontë Film and Television. The fourth in the series, Lethal White (2018), is out now.

Does Tom Burke have a disability? ›

As a child, Burke was diagnosed with dyslexia and struggled academically.

Can you read troubled blood first? ›

You can read it by itself for the case, but maybe read the other books (if you enjoy this one) afterwards to catch up on the other parts.

Is J.K. Rowling a billionaire? ›

Rowling denied that she was a billionaire in a 2005 interview. By 2012, Forbes concluded she was no longer a billionaire due to her charitable donations and high UK taxes. She was named the world's highest paid author by Forbes in 2008, 2017 and 2019.

How did people find out that Robert Galbraith was J.K. Rowling? ›

Rowling's secret identity was actually revealed after a partner at a law firm told his wife's best friend. The friend then revealed Rowling's identity to a Sunday Times journalist. "I was a bit unlucky the way it happened," the Harry Potter creator told BBC Radio 2's Graham Norton.

Will there be a 6th book in the Strike series? ›

What is series six of Strike called? The series is called The Ink Black Heart, and is based on the novel of the same name in JK Rowling's Strike series. The book is also the sixth instalment.

Why did J. K. Rowling choose Robert Galbraith? ›

Her pen name, according to Rowling, was picked deliberately. "I chose Robert because it is one of my favourite men's names, because Robert F Kennedy is my hero and because, mercifully, I hadn't used it for any of the characters in the Potter series or 'The Casual Vacancy'...

Will there be a season 6 of Strike? ›

BBC's Strike, based on J.K. Rowling's crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is returning for a sixth season, titled Strike—The Ink Black Heart.

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