Parents in Strike Quiz
Parents appear throughout the stories, whether those of Strike and Robin, or the many other characters that we are introduced to along the way.
To get the most enjoyment out of this quiz (and a better result!), we recommend reading the book before attempting.
Question 1 of 20
He was a mild-looking man, almost professorial, with his horn-rimmed glasses. The children had all got his height...
What is Robin’s father’s name?
Question 2 of 20
She greatly resembled her daughter. Linda’s fading hair was red-gold, too, the clear grey-blue of her eyes enhanced by her silvery hat.
Robin is her mother’s only daughter. But how many sons does Linda Ellacott have?
Question 3 of 20
… the odd pair of names with which his extravagantly unconventional mother had saddled him.
Strike’s mother chooses to call him ‘Cormoran Blue’ Strike. But she almost names him after her favourite band’s singer. Who is that?
Question 4 of 20
Strike never referred to Rokeby as Dad, but tried to remember not to call him Rokeby in front of Al.
Jonny Rokeby, Strike’s father, is lead singer of which band?
Question 5 of 20
Al was the only sibling on his father’s side with whom Strike maintained any kind of ongoing relationship, spasmodic and one-sided thought it was.
How many children does Rokeby have, including Strike?
Question 6 of 20
However, Leda’s fame was not all that attracted Whittaker. His lover had borne children to two wealthy rock stars who provided child support.
Who is father to Strike’s sister, Lucy?
Question 7 of 20
'I’ve met him twice,’ Strike said. ‘First time was when I was a kid. My mother tried to ambush him with me, outside a recording studio.’
Strike tells Robin this story in Troubled Blood. How old was Strike when he last met his father?
Question 8 of 20
‘Yvette has always been morbidly maternal. She adores babies.’ He spoke as though this was faintly disgusting, a kind of perversion. ‘She would have been one of those embarrassing women who have twenty children if she could have found a man of sufficient virility.’
Yvette’s children are adopted. Who is her husband?
Question 9 of 20
‘I told Lula that she could hardly have chosen a more insensitive moment to start tracing her roots’
Lula Landry is adopted. What’s the name of her birth mother?
Question 10 of 20
Mrs Cunliffe had not liked the idea of Matthew being tied to the same girlfriend for so long. She had mentioned, within Robin’s hearing, how good it was for young men to play the field, sow their wild oats.
What did Matthew’s mother do for a living?
Question 11 of 20
‘They want to know,’ Strike called, when within earshot, ‘whether I’m Mr Michael Ellacott.’
Why is Strike mistaken for Robin’s father?
Question 12 of 20
As she neared forty, his mother had begun to go for younger men, but Whittaker had been the youngest of the lot.
How much older than Strike is his ex-stepfather, Jeff Whittaker?
Question 13 of 20
Robin woke on Saturday in the awareness that every moment in the hotel, every step through the beautifully cultivated grounds, with the lavender walk, the Japanese garden, the orchard and organic vegetable beds, was costing them a small fortune.
Robin and Matthew spend their expensive honeymoon in the Maldives. But whose parents pay for the wedding?
Question 14 of 20
‘[xxxxxx] was her real name, taken not from the mythical siren of the Rhine, but from…’
Which girlfriend of Strike’s is named after a Marilyn Monroe character in her mother’s favourite film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?
Question 15 of 20
Her family was wealthy and could afford better lawyers. Izzy and her sister are all right for cash through their mother’s family.
In Lethal White, who is mother to Izzy and Fizzy?
Question 16 of 20
He thought a woman’s place was at home with her children, and Margot leaving a baby at home and coming back out to work full time, he disapproved of that.
Margot Bamborough was mother to how many children in total?
Question 17 of 20
‘So, even once your father had recovered, he still thought Creed had taken Margot?’ ‘Oh yeah, definitely,’ said Gregory, looking mildly surprised that this was in question. ‘They ruled out all the other possibilities, didn’t they? The ex-boyfriend, that dodgy patient who had a thing for her, they all came up clean.’
Gregory is a minor character in Troubled Blood. Who is his father?
Question 18 of 20
‘It was a month before Daddy torched Mummy’s portrait in the hall, and the panelling caught fire, and the fire brigade came, and we all had to be evacuated via the upstairs windows’
Whose parents does this quote refer to?
Question 19 of 20
‘I’d better get going,’ she said, ‘I don’t like leaving Orlando too long. She’s missing her daddy. I’ve told her I’m getting a man to go find him.’
Who is Orlando’s father?
Question 20 of 20
As she showered, Robin realised, to her surprise, that she was crying. This is ridiculous. You don’t even want a baby. Get a grip of yourself.
In this scene from Troubled Blood Robin’s just learned someone else has become a parent. Is it…?