C.B. Strike: Lethal White (2020)


Lethal White
C.B. Strike

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C.B. Strike's latest mystery is its least compelling yet, but Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger's winsome chemistry keeps this detective team engaging.



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Strike and Robin investigate the blackmail of a government minister and the case of a strangled child.

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Strike and Robin fear their witness could be in danger and must act quickly.

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Robin discovers a startling truth close to home. The government minister's blackmailer becomes the prime suspect in the case, but Robin and Strike believe there was an accomplice.

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Critic Reviews for C.B. Strike Lethal White

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (8)

It's still good, anyway, although I'm not sure we've moved on very far.

Sep 8, 2020 | Full Review…

It should play down the will-they-won't-they vibe and concentrate on the mystery, which is largely why we're here. But the plot felt like an afterthought tacked on to their mutual yearning.

Sep 8, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Strike's attraction lies in its two charismatic leads and their sizzling chemistry, rather than the knotty cases. These can feel rushed and clumsy, becoming fiddly to follow in the transition from novel to screen.

Sep 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Old-fashioned but undeniably effective, a few deft lines capable of revealing everything.

Sep 8, 2020 | Full Review…

I don't believe either of these characters could solve a mystery to save their lives, but believability has never been Brit TV crimefighters' strong suit.

Sep 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The plot left me cold, completely, but there is certainly some joy to be found in the secondary characters, like Lorelei, although she's underwritten at present -- more Lorelei! -- and Chiswell's horrid wife, played with gusto by Sophie Winkleman.

Sep 8, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This has fallen into the trap that many true crime shows and detective shows have fallen into, when it becomes less about true crime and more about the love affairs between the two main characters ... I wish they wouldn't do it!

Sep 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Strike's tone is admirably balanced, a contemporary detective drama with an old-fashioned aesthetic - a skilful trick of Tom Edge's writing and Sue Tully's direction.

Aug 31, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Holliday Grainger's playing of the scene was thrilling, so I'll stay around for tomorrow night's last instalment, if only to savour the unfamiliar London locations.

Nov 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Strike creaks at times as the stories make the transition from the page to the screen... Its allure lies in its style and sense of location, and above all the will-they-won't-they-oh-get-on-with-it relationship between Strike and Robin.

Sep 8, 2020 | Full Review…

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