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Viewers were really confused by the twist in Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Spoilers for the last episode of the BBC1 JK Rowling adaptation

Published: Friday, 18th May 2018 at 3:44 pm

Last night saw JK Rowling’s grumpy private investigator Cormoran Strike solve his first case on TV, in BBC drama adaptation Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling.


But the murderer wasn’t who many viewers suspected. The man Tom Burke’s character revealed was the killer of Lula Landry (Elarica Johnson) was... her adoptive brother John (Leo Bill).

However, the twist left viewers with an entirely new mystery: if John killed his sister, why on earth did he hire Strike to investigate her death in the first place?

Don’t worry though, Strikers, as we’ve fully explained here, there was a reason for John’s actions.

In JK Rowling’s original novel, John hires Strike in order to frame Jonah Agyeman (Lula’s biological half-brother, played by Abubakar Salim), in an effort to conceal the fact that Jonah stood to inherit Lula’s fortune in the event of her death. So, although the motive wasn't fully explained in the BBC show, it all came down to money.

But don’t worry if that episode confused you – last night the BBC was asking viewers who killed ‘Lulu’...


This isn't the last we've seen of Strike though – he's back this weekend for a new mystery (in which, again, nobody kills Lulu).


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