Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has been the subject of scrutiny recently due to a number of Tweets and comments she’s made regarding the Trans community. Further criticism was drawn when it was announced her new Cormoran Strike novel would include a series killer who dresses in women’s clothes. An early review from The Telegraph described the killer as a “transvestite serial killer”, and wondered “what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress”., which received a kickback from The Guardian of all places Despite the negative feedback from some readers, Troubled Blood has still enjoyed very strong sales.
Official sales figures provided by Nielsen BookScan show that Troubled Blood has reached the top spot in the UK’s book charts, with 64,633 copies sold in just five days. According to The Bookseller, it’s “by far” the best single-week sale for any of the Galbraith titles, and is nearly double the first-week sales of the previous book in the series, Lethal White.
As The Guardian reports, the latest novel follows Rowling’s rugged detective as he investigates the disappearance of a GP many years ago, and begins to suspect Dennis Creed, a man known for wearing women’s attire. The reaction to the book has been mixed, with some bookshops stating that they will no longer stock any of Rowling’s books, including the Harry Potter novels. The debate over Rowling’s comments is bound to continue, though it seems it isn’t yet impacting the sales of her books.