So far, Strike consists of four seasons, each based on a separate J.K. Rowling novel. The first, The Cuckoo’s Calling, sees Strike and Ellacott investigating the death of a supermodel whose fall from a balcony has been ruled a suicide by the police. A concerned relative’s assertion that she was actually murdered, combined with Strike being flat broke, is cause for an old-fashioned investigation. In The Silkworm, the duo attempts to track down a missing person, a once-successful author whose newer work has fallen on deaf ears. Career of Evil puts Robin in the crosshairs of an obsessed stalker, while Lethal White, adapted for the screen in 2020, introduces two combatting parties: one says he’s witnessed a murder, the other says that the first guy is crazy. Who to believe?
The series has been warmly received by critics, landing a 93 percent audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but has yet to take off in an enormous way stateside. If the escapades of Cormoran and Robin catch your attention, there’s good news: In a BBC interview in 2017, Rowling recounted her first meeting with series star Tom Burke, and recalled stating “I hope to God you do enjoy playing this character because I think I’ve got at least another 10 books in me, so you could be locked in for quite a few years here.” That’s right, there could be more than a dozen seasons of the program by the time all is said and done. Talk about Striking gold.