Question 1 of 20
She approached the courier standing outside the door to the office. He had a clipboard in one gloved hand and a long rectangular package in the other. ‘Is that for Ellacott?’ Robin asked.
Robin is expecting delivery of a pack of disposable cameras. Are they for:
Question 2 of 20
Acid rose in her throat. A leg. She had just been given a leg. She had just carried a leg calmly upstairs, a woman’s leg in a box. Whose leg was it? Where was the rest of her?
What OTHER body part arrives in the post, addressed to Robin, later in the book?
Question 3 of 20
‘I was nearly christened **** B**** Strike,’ he said and Robin choked on her water. He laughed as she coughed into a napkin. ‘Let’s face it, Cormoran’s not much bloody better.
What does the B in C.B. Strike stand for?
Question 4 of 20
She had read the Wikipedia entry before … Jeff Whittaker (b.1969) is a musician best known for his marriage to 1970s supergroupie Leda Strike…Whittaker played guitar and wrote lyrics for a succession of thrash metal bands in the late 80s and early 90s.
What band was Whittaker with at the time when he met and became involved with Leda Strike?
Question 5 of 20
‘He was invalided out,’ said Strike, his dark eyes meeting Robin’s blue-grey ones. ‘He got off scot-free, with a payout and pension to boot, and off he went, Brittany in tow.’
What condition takes Noel Brockbank out of the army?
Question 6 of 20
Returning to the car park via a short street where golden roses bloomed, Strike thought again about the tattoo on that powerful forearm.
What does the murder suspect’s rose tattoo represent?
Question 7 of 20
Remembering Matthew’s flat refusal to believe that it had been ***** ******’s curly mane she had been admiring, rather than Strike’s short and frankly pube-like hair, she made an angry stab to the end of the package.
Whose hair were Robin and Sarah Shadlock discussing in front of Matthew?
Question 8 of 20
Strike pulled on a seatbelt as they accelerated away from the pavement, looking around at the interior of the car. Shabby and scuffed, a pungent fug of Wellington boot and Labrador certainly pervaded.
What kind of car does Robin acquire from her parents?
Question 9 of 20
If she had to be at home, she supposed she would watch the wedding.
Robin watches the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, while working from home on the murder of Kelsey Platt. Who designed Kate’s wedding dress in 2011?
Question 10 of 20
She looked down at the laptop. There in the middle of a glowing white screen of text was a large boxed definition: ‘Acrotomophilia, noun.
A paraphilia in which sexual gratification is derived from fantasies or acts involving an amputee.’
Dendrophilia is another paraphilia. What is the subject of erotic interest for dendrophiliacs?
Question 11 of 20
She had seen it in his face. An expression she had never noticed before passed across it like a shadow. Guilt seemed to slide physically over the high cheekbones, the clean jaw, the hazel eyes she had adored for years.
Matthew confesses he was cheating with Sarah Shadlock in the past. When was this?
Question 12 of 20
It had been Strike’s suggestion that she use her middle name. (‘Makes you sound like a poncy southerner.’) Robin handed over the business card, looked boldly into Holly’s heavily kohled eyes and repeated: ‘Venetia Hall. I’m…
Who does Robin pose as, to extract information?
Question 13 of 20
He was supposed to be going out with Elin this evening. His girlfriend of two months was in the throes of a divorce that was proceeding with the chilly brinkmanship of a grandmaster chess tournament.
What is Elin’s job?
Question 14 of 20
Of the policemen whom Strike had managed to offend and upstage during his two most famous detective triumphs, ******* ****** had been the most comprehensively outclassed and was consequently the most deeply embittered.
Which policeman with a grudge against Strike takes over the Kelsey Platt case?
Question 15 of 20
‘What did she tell lies about?’ asked Strike. ‘Anything,’ said Hazel, with a slightly wild gesture. ‘If it was Tuesday she’d say it was Wednesday’
Which name does Kelsey Platt claim her boyfriend shares with a favourite pop star?
Question 16 of 20
Strike was sure that Shanker would mourn his passing were he to die, but he was equally certain that Shanker would rob his body of all valuables if left alone with it.
Who introduced Strike to Shanker?
Question 17 of 20
Wearing a black T-shirt with a multi-coloured cartoon pony stretched across an ample chest… Tempest had already ordered herself a glass of wine.
What does key witness Tempest have that she doesn’t need
Question 18 of 20
The rattling Land Rover devoured the miles with stoic competence, but the journey north had begun to seem interminably long before the first signs to ********** appeared.
Where do Strike and Robin not stop on their investigative road trip?
Question 19 of 20
‘Yeah,’ said Robin. ‘She taught us it’s not about clever throws when you’re an ordinary woman. It’s about reacting smartly and fast. Never let yourself get taken to a second location. Go for the weak spots and then run like hell.
Robin’s prior self-defence classes come in useful. To which body part of her attacker does she deal a blow?
Question 20 of 20
He didn’t want to spoil her day. At the first request to leave, he vowed inwardly, he would do so.
What happens when Strike arrives at the church for Robin’s wedding?