Placeholder Post: Cormoran Strike Errors Corrected In Later Editions

As the Cormoran Strike series grows in length, complexity and number of readers, more and more errors are noticed by sharp-eyed fans. Just as with Harry Potter, some of those errors are being corrected in later editions.

This post is being compiled to both collect all Hogpro posts on book errors we have found, and as a place to report any corrections or changes readers spy in later editions. Please list in the comments sections.

MISTAKES: 

  1. Errors first noted in Cuckoo’s Calling.
  2. Errors from Lethal White.
  3. Errors from Troubled Blood
  4. The life and times of Donald Laing gets its own post. 
  5. Rowling/Galbraith is not good with dates. 
  6. I mean, really, really not good. 

CORRECTIONS:

  1. The most elaborate (and probably least necessary, since the will was still invalid!) correction was the addition of Aussie-Vashti-Saleswoman Mia Thompson to The Cuckoo’s Calling. This was the most elaborate correction seen in Ms. Rowling’s work to date, requiring the addition of a new named character and edits of multiple chapters.

2. One error caught quite early, and therefore present in only the first printing of Troubled Blood, was a continuity error when Strike and Robin were enjoying fish and chips in Skegness. Strike discovered he was out of cigarettes. He suggests buying some. Then, Robin is surprised by Gloria Conti’s message.  After their exchange on this topic, Strike “lights himself another cigarette.” Then, a mere few lines later, they “set off in search of cigarettes.”  This error was fixed in later editions of the hardback, the audiobook and the paperback.

3. The TB audiobook also initially changed the name of Strike’s oldest woman friend from Ilsa (“Ill-sah”) to Isla (“Eye-lah”). Thus was largely corrected in later editions.

4. Hogpro reader PerLish kindly pointed out that the “newborn Lucy” who was left in St. Mawes with four-year old Strike has now been amended to “2-year-old,” in the paperback version of Troubled Blood, making the siblings’ relative ages consistent with the rest of the series.

When I passed this information on to the Strike.fans Twitter group, participant @LudicrousMonica checked her Troubled Blood paperback and found a few others:

5. In Chapter 21, “Irene and Janice’s row” is corrected to “Irene and Margot’s row.”

6. The original chapter 36 had Cynthia Phipps offering to make coffee, then coming back and pouring everyone tea, then refilling Roy’s tea, then Roy taking “another sip of coffee.”  It has been corrected to be 100% tea. Note:  We missed this error in our summary post.

7. Thankfully, Robin is now remembering going to three funerals in her life. She first speaks of her grandfather’s funeral, when she dropped out of university.  Strangely, however, the following paragraph, about Rochelle Onifade’s cremation, still begins with “The only other funeral…” Mrs. Cunliffe’s services–and the fact that Robin nearly missed them–still don’t get a mention.  Rather bizarre; if you are going to correct it, why not do a full job of it? Surely space wasn’t an issue, after the wordage devoted to Mia Thompson?

Alas, Dave Polworth’s mother is still in Schrodinger’s Cat limbo. 

I hope this post will inspire holders of all the paperbacks to go back and take a look to see what else has been changed.  Please enter in the comments so we can maintain a master list.

Official Troubled Blood Readalong in the Countdown to Ink Black Heart

I spied this on Twitter and plan to join in!  @RGalbraith

Strike and Ellacott Files Podcast Makes Final Ink Black Heart Predictions.

Our friends at The Strike and Ellacott Files podcast have posted their final Ink Black Heart predictions show, revised in light of the cover and blurb.  They kindly included a couple of my predictions (one they liked, one they didn’t). They also gave a recommendation to Beatrice Grove’s brilliant first look at the cover.

In the interest of returning the favor, I urge everyone anticipating IBH to check it out.

BBC Production of Troubled Blood to Premiere This Fall

The Radio Times listed the BBC TV production of Troubled Blood as coming this autumn. I can only assume the TV program will be timed to coincide fairly closely with the debut of The Ink Black Heart, in hopes of sparking mutual interest. The most current cast list is available here. Of special interest are the returning cast.  Apart from Tom Burke as Strike and Holliday Grainger as Robin,* there’s Ben Crompton as Shanker, Jack Greenlees as Barclay, Kerr Logan as the Flobberworm Matthew, Ian Redford as Uncle Ted, Sarah Sweeny as Lucy and, most interestingly, Christina Cole as Izzy Chiswell, which suggests she may have more to do in this production than simply send an email. It also looks like a lot of the story will be told in flashback, given the age of the actress playing Margot Bamborough, and the inclusion of both a young Roy Phipps and a Young Cormoran Strike.

This fall will definitely be Strike Season. No word on when U.S. audiences will see the series, though.

*Note to journalists: she’s his partner, not a sidekick!

While We’re Waiting for The Ink Black Heart, Try Magpie Murders: a Book-within-Book Echo of The Silkworm

Thanks to my fellow Strikefans on Twitter, I got a good recommendation for another British whodunnit to tide me over until The Ink Black Heart comes out. Indeed, it is particularly appropriate since we are expecting a book-within-a-book (or possibly cartoon script within a book?) mystery, with connections to The Silkworm. I am about halfway through the audiobook of Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders, volume one of his Susan Ryeland series.

I can already testify that there are a lot of similarities between Magpie Murders and the second Strike volume, so much so that, were they not published so close together (The Silkworm in June 2016, Magpie Murders in October 2016), I might think that Horowitz’s volume was inspired by, or written in homage to, Robert Galbraith’s.  In fact, Rowling’s name has been mentioned twice in the book, along with other well-known mystery writers such as Ian Rankin, P.D. James and, of course, Agatha Christie.

Susan Ryeland is the fiction editor of a small British publisher. The company’s star writer is Alan Conway, an egotistical author of a best-selling series of Christiesque mysteries, who has just submitted his planned final manuscript, having decided to bump off the series star, Detective Atticus Pünd, via brain tumor. When misfortune befalls the author, his editor turns detective, searching not only for the missing last chapter of the manuscript (which contains the annoyingly absent whodunnit solution) but also for answers as to what really became of its author.

Like Cormoran and Robin in The Silkworm, Ms. Ryeland recognizes real-life acquaintances of Conway in the manuscript, and begins to suspect that there is a hidden message in the book that someone didn’t want published for the world to read. Other common elements with The Silkworm include a self-important author with more enemies than friends, a sphincter-clenchingly bad, unpublishable book draft that said author thinks is his masterpiece, a country retreat in Devon, an abandoned wife and child, and a manuscript that appears to exist only on paper, in an era of computers. And if we want a connection to Cuckoo’s Calling, we have the famous person falls from a tall building, suicide or murder question. The major difference is that we readers get to read the full Atticus Pünd mystery along with the editor. Don’t worry, it’s better than Bombyx Mori. 

It’s been a thoroughly entertaining read so far, and I’m on my library’s waiting list for the sequel, Moonflower Murders. If you enjoy a book-within-a-book and British murder mysteries, this is one to put on your list. And is the magpie on the cover of The Ink Black Heart a wink to this series? We’ll have to wait and see.