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How to read the Robert Galbraith books in order

Cliff Weitzman
By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in Books in Order on April 19, 2023

    How to read the Robert Galbraith books in order

    Although not many have heard of Robert Galbraith, this writer’s books are well-known and sought after. This British philanthropist and multiple bestseller author is worth every admiration, and soon you will realize you know more about ‘him’ than you might have thought in the first place.

    Who is Robert Galbraith?

    Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym used by J. K. Rowling for the Cormoran Strike book series, is a British author best known for the series of Harry Potter books. She has decided to use this particular pen name for a series of crime novels because apart from being one of her favorite monikers, Robert F. Kennedy is one of her favorite public figures.

    An introduction to the writings of Robert Galbraith

    J. K. Rowling has so far published six books using the name Robert Galbraith, all of which are part of The Cormoran Strike Series, which you will instantly fall in love with. These crime fiction novels simply make you dive into the story, forgetting all about the world outside of the book. Galbraith’s writing style, mesmerizing characters, and even better plot twists will make any crime fiction fan hooked up.

    The Cormoran Strike series

    This crime fiction novel series follows the life and work of a British private detective Cormoran Strike. Strike solves mysteries with his loyal partner and friend, Robin Ellacott.

    The Cuckoo’s Calling

    In the first book of the Cormoran Strike series, named The Cuckoo’s Calling, private investigator Cormoran struggles to keep his business alive due to the injury in Afghanistan that left him with a severed leg. When all hopes seem to be lost, John Bristow, brother of famous supermodel Lula Landry, knocks at the door. Although Lula’s death was ruled out as a suicide, John doesn’t believe this is what actually happened. This opens up new hope for both of them, and Cormoran decides to try and solve this mystery.

    The Silkworm

    A new case opens up in the second book as the novelist Owen Quine goes missing. His wife wants Strike to track Owen and bring him back home, as he has this strange habit of disappearing on purpose. However, private investigator Cormoran Strike soon finds Owen brutally murdered, and now he must untangle who is the ruthless killer behind this gruesome crime before things get out of control.

    Career of Evil

    In the third book of the Cormoran Strike novels, his assistant, Robin, opens up a mysterious package only to find that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Strike has his suspicions about who might have sent this horrifying package, so he and Robin decide to investigate the matter more profoundly.

    Lethal White

    The fourth book of the series, named Lethal White, takes Strike’s and Robin’s relationship to the next level, making Robin less valuable in matters of business. On top of all, his newfound fame makes him incapable of working from the shadow, as he once did, while the case of a young man named Billy leads Strike to a labyrinthine investigation.

    Troubled Blood

    Troubled Blood is the fifth book in the Cormoran Strike series. While visiting his hometown, Strike comes upon a woman seeking his help, but this one is different from any other. He had never been working on a cold case before, but this 40-year-old unsolved mystery is something that this private investigator simply has to give a chance. This case brings out an unexpected turn of events and a possibility of a serial killer being involved.

    The Ink Black Heart

    In the latest book of the Cormoran Strike series, Edie Ledwell, the co-creator of a cartoon named The Ink Black Heart, ends up dead just a few days after she asked Robin to help her identify her online persecutor, Anomie. At the time, Robin thought the agency shouldn’t have anything to do with this case, but right now, both Robin and Cormoran are becoming interested in solving the murder, especially because Edie was killed at the mere location of The Ink Black Heart, that is Highgate Cemetery.

    The Running Grave

    The seventh book of the series, named The Running Grave, is on the way. J. K. Rowling announced that the Cormoran Strike series will be composed of ten books in total.

    In what order should you read Robert Galbraith’s books?

    It is well-known that J. K. Rowling is one of the bestselling authors on this planet, and this is not only because her writing style and vivid imagination make a perfect match when it comes to booking creation. Cormoran Strike is probably one of the most intelligent series of crime fiction novels that had ever been written, so (especially for fresh bookworms) it is highly recommended to read the series in order of publication. This way, you will get weave all the pieces together the way you are supposed to – without spoilers.

    Publication order of Cormoran Strike books

    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)

    Cormoran Strike audiobook collection

    For those of you without much spare time but with a great passion for this series of mystery novels, we recommend the Cormoran Strike audiobook collection. As J. K. Rowling is a very popular author, no matter which pen name she decides to use, you can easily find her books on Amazon, Amazon associate websites, and all over the web both in digital and paper format.

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    Cliff Weitzman
    Cliff Weitzman

    Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.