Robin Ellacott is no longer a glorified secretary! She and Cormoran Strike had made plans to meet up in Vashti in the morning. Vashti is a clothing shop that Landry had gone into on the day of her death, and the duo was retracing her steps in hopes of finding out more about Landry. When Strike didn't show up in the time, Robin got to do some sleuthing of her own, uncovering that Landry was supposed to meet someone that night. This led to the talk about the discovery found from the tapes, where there were two people wearing hoods walking around the area in separate times, one before and one after Landry's death. There was a logo on one of the jackets, which led them to Guy Some's office.
Guy confirms that the jacket and gloves were from his unreleased collection. Those were part of the gifts sent to Deeby Mac, who was supposed to stay in the flat below Landry's, but checked into a hotel instead. He also mentions that Landry has been researching about her father, and has frequented a library to search. Robin follows up on the library lead, and Strike goes back to visit Lady Bristow in hopes that she would clarify her previous statement - that Landry was frightened of someone. Strike and Robin also reenact the crime scene in order to get a better picture of the events, putting together what they have uncovered so far.
It is revealed that it was John Bristow who murders Lula Landry. Due to his jealousy (Lula being the favorite of his mother) and greed, he snaps and pushes Landry off the balcony. He had also hired Strike to investigate in order to pin the murder on Agyeman. The two eventually gets into a brawl in the office, and Robin walks in just at the right moment to stop the fight and help Strike out. At the end of the episode, Robin voices out that she wants to keep working for Strike, and he keeps her on his team.
Just a couple of pieces missing from my narrative: I've mentioned that Robin was interested in staying with her current job, something that her fiance disproves off. She went to a job interview the previous episode, but ends up rejecting the job offer, causing the couple to have a riff. While I think that the scenes with the fiance are buffer scenes, Matt's antagonizing ways becomes an integral part to Robin's narrative, although if I remember correctly, it won't come to play until the third book.
This three-part adaptation was uneven. The first episode starts off suspenseful, the second one giving a lot of information (along with clues that are considered to be red herring). This ender already gave focus on who the audience should be looking for, so the reveal was anti-climactic. The shared history between John and Strike is supposed to make the reveal have more impact. John had thought of Strike for the investigator because he was friends with Charlie, John's brother. Charlie died when they were young, and his death was the reason his parents wanted to adopt Landry. Strike also surmised that it was John who had killed Charlie due to his jealousy.
I would continue on with the series simply because I enjoyed reading the books. It's not as intense as other crime-related shows, nor does it look as polished, but is entertaining. Tom Burke is good as Cormoran Strike, and I am glad that Holliday Grainger is doing more than just appearing in the office and talking to Kerr Logan (who plays Matt the fiance) in their home.
READ PART ONE HERE
READ PART TWO HERE