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The Coffinmaker’s Garden

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Ash Henderson is back and so is Alice MacDonald (YAY) and I couldn't be more thrilled. I love MacBride's Logan series but I love this series as well so when I finally got my hand on the third and latest book was I overjoyed. And I wasn't disappointed. The book is FABULOUS! Loved it. Stuart MacBride is one of the best authors ever and I love how he mixes action with humor and dark moments. Seriously, the humor saves the books from being too depressive because frankly, they are pretty bleak otherwise with lots of bad things and awful deaths. 

Read this series! Read the series about Logan as well! Hell, read anything Stuart MacBride writes!
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Another great read by Stuart. Twists and turns abound, and the storyline is tense and kept me on my toes. Recommend.
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Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the chance to read this novel.
I like Stuart MacBride's other characters but Ash Henderson........not so sure. In this offering Ash seems to be in a Die Hard movie, he is a John McClane clone. The number of times Ash gets hurt, injured, chopped and beaten up makes it impossible to believe he is still standing let alone catch the bad guys ! Unbelievably is is definitely the last man standing.
Plenty of atmosphere, Scottish weather and food but a bit over the top for me.
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Having read the majority of Stuart MacBride’s previous books I was excited to receive a copy of this. As anticipated it did not disappoint. 
I hadn’t realised it was the 3rd book in the series however you are still more than able to follow the storyline. 
This has me engrossed from the outset. Violence, serial killers, Scottish setting - what’s not to love?
Perhaps a little too long for my liking however it didn’t stop my enjoyment as I’ve already obtained the 1st two books in the series.
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My first Stuart MacBride and what a book to kick off with!

As a massive storm batters the Scottish coast, Gordon Smith’s home is falling into the sea. The trouble is: that’s where he’s been hiding the bodies.

It’s too dangerous to go near the place, so there’s no way of knowing how many people he’s murdered. Or how many more he’ll kill before he’s caught.

As more horrors are discovered, ex-detective Ash Henderson is done playing nice. He’s got a killer to catch, and God help anyone who gets in his way.

A creepy, well thought out and written story. Full of dark humour, plenty of tension and excellent character development
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Great story with very interesting and engaging characters. 
Only 4 stars as I found it a bit long and thought it dragged on a bit.
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Thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction, HarperCollins and Netgalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a review.

As the cliffs around Elachmara crumble in to the sea the human remains of the victims of a serial killer are exposed.  So begins the hunt for serial killer Gordon Smith by ex DI Ash Henderson and DS Rosalind Franklin.  This is a story with violence, humour and great characters.  

This is the second Ash Henderson book I have read and it didn't disappoint.
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A good read 
Another great book
A good plot
An Ash Henderson book
Love this writer
Thanks NetGalley
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Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Loved it. Great writing, great premise and great characters. What more do you need! Highly recommend.
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I really enjoyed this book.  It was a great storyline with excellent characters.  I would highly recommend this book as it was a great read.
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This was a brilliant book that was well written. I have only read one of Stuart MacBride’s books before and I wasn’t wowed. Not this time! This is a thrilling gripping crime fiction that has some dark humour, likeable characters. Had no problems reading this as a stand-alone even though I’ve not read any of the others in this series. Highly recommend for a good crime thriller. 

Many thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Another intense and gripping thriller from Stuart MacBride. 

This author does a great job of taking the reader into the character's world.

When a house falls off an eroding cliff, human remains are found along with before and after polaroid pictures in what was a kill room. Ash Henderson and his colleagues are tasked with finding the perpetrator, Gordon Smith. Simultaneously, the police are leading another investigation into the abduction and murder of five young boys.

The character's are vividly painted and the descriptions are great throughout, from the Edinburgh Christmas market to the scene of the final showdown. I found this part particularly gripping, I also like the references to MacBride's previous novels. If you haven't read them, it entices you to.

There were some one liners which made me smile:
'I bought you a sausage and a go on the carousel. I hope that wasn't a euphemism!.'
'Another my dang dawg done died and my cheatin wife done left me.'

What a great description of country ballads.

I would highly recommend this read and eagerly await the author's next installment.

Thanks indeed to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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Typical McBride, an author I think you either enjoy or you don’t. 
Personally I sometimes feel that his books are overload and because of that they don’t have the cutting-edge required to keep you immersed in the story..
I have read most of his titles, but for me, this one doesn’t tick the right boxes and it was one that I decided to put to one side and go back to another day in order to finish it.
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This is the third instalment in the Ash Henderson series but I read it as a stand alone and it worked well as details of relevant past storylines were explained. Ash is a former Detective Inspector now working for the Lateral Investigative Review Unit (LIRU) along with his side kick and friend, forensic psychologist Dr Alice McDonald. After the gruesome garden discovery, the pair find themselves racing to find the killer.

The storyline is a great mix of grit and dark humour, making this an immensely enjoyable read. This mix made it a stand out read for me and I’ve since purchased the other books in the series. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Ash and Alice and am looking forward to learning more about how their friendship has developed.

The multiple strands of the storyline kept me interested throughout and this is a title I would highly recommend.
Many thanks to Stuart MacBride, HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for the review copy.
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I really enjoyed this fast paced thrilling story. It begins with the news that another child's body has been found but before they can start there is a small matter of human bones being found on the edge of a crumbling cliff. Ash and Alice are heading over to meet 'Mother' to find out if the bones are human or not. 

This is part of a series but can easily be read as a standalone. I enjoyed the fast pace of the storyline with so much going on there was never a flat moment. Very gritty, very entertaining. It's my first book by this author but it won't be my last.
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The magnificent MacBride strikes again! The Coffinmaker’s Garden is another exhilarating read. MacBride marries gritty realism with wit and charm better than anyone today. While he is deservedly famous for his 'Logan McRae' books, his 'Ash Henderson' series doesn't take a back seat to anyone. MacBride's talent for gripping plotlines combined with hat tips to his other books and other writers is fully displayed here. It's a joy to see how MacBride deftly handles the hunt for two different criminals and how he ties those storylines together. If you love a series with a slew of memorable characters, you'll love this book. Thank you to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction, HarperCollins, & NetGalley for the advanced reading copy. #TheCoffinmakersGarden #NetGalley.
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You start right in the action with a missing child and a harsh storm raging outside. Events escalates from there. During the storm the coast disintegrates into the ocean revealing human bones protruding from the ground.

I was five chapters in when I realised this was thrid in the series, however I don't feel it affects the story at all. Potentially the previous books would've provided more of a back story and depth to characters but they were still distinct and well rounded. 

Ash Henderson, the main protagonist, is a no nonsense Scottish detective who wants justice. He is nothing unique but there is something comforting about a tough, to the point detective who cares more than he lets on.

Dr Alice Mcdonald is the perfect complimentary partner to Ash. She brings a softer houmourous element but is no less formidable. 

The dialogue and descriptions are beautifully done with fine details in a succinct style. There is nothing shy or reserved about the book. Descriptions and discussions can get quite violent and graphic at points. Not for the faint hearted to be sure. Dispite the directness the book is still thick with a dark foreboding atmosphere. 

The plot keeps the reader's interest due to dual plot lines so nothing gets stale. Both are handled well with a fair divide of time dedicated to them. 

Overall I would recommend this book, especially to die hard gritty old school police procedural fans.
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I'm not sure how but I read and reviewed this book last year.........
As my review at the time said this is a typically over the top, completely unbelievable yet highly enjoyable crime caper full of humour and gore that MacBride is infamous for.
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This is how it all begins. A mother, looking for her child who has wandered too close to the unstable cliff walk during a wild storm, watches in horror as part of the cliff gives way, destroying a ship that was in distress below. The she sees what was buried in 
the partially sheared off cliff. Bones. Human bones. And lots of them.

Ash Henderson and Dr. Alice McDonald are sent to help in the investigation. This is difficult for two reasons. The first is that the house above the exposed bones is about to crash off the cliff. Ash and Alice manage to find evidence of the horrors that happened in that house but they are  nearly killed while doing so. The second reason is that they have to leave the case they have been working on. Three young boys have disappeared and their tortured bodies found days later. There are two serial killers on the loose and Ash and Alice need to find both before more victims are discovered.

Fast paced, violent, suspenseful, full of interesting, well-drawn characters, The Coffinmaker’s Garden is impossible to put down. It may be part of a series but it reads as a standalone thriller. There are enough references to past events to make you want to go back to the first Ash Henderson mystery. It’s Birthdays for the Dead. Stuart MacBride is a writer at the top of his game and this is a 5 star read!

Thank toy to NetGalley, HarperCollins UK and Stuart MacBride for this ARC.
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As a storm hits the coast of Scotland, it exposes what lays beneath a very vulnerable house - the kill room of a serial killer, a man who has spent over fifty years abducting and torturing people who seemingly just vanished into thin air. With his house on the brink of falling into the sea, he has almost committed the perfect crime - until it is brought to the attention of ex-DI Ash Henderson.

At the same time, children begin to disappear and are then found strangled, with no apparent rhyme or reason to the choices, only that the offender is escalating and must be stopped.

This is a good book, but the first half is quite dense. Once it picks up, it becomes very enjoyable - especially given we know who the Coffinmaker is, but not who is abducting the children. I believe this is not the first Ash Henderson novel, so it may just be that there is more to gain from being familiar with the characters already though!
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