The Coffinmaker’s Garden
by Stuart MacBride
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Pub Date 19 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 1 Apr 2022
HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction, HarperCollins
A house of secrets…
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.
A killer on the run…
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.
An investigator with nothing to lose…
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.
‘Stuart MacBride’s deft plotting and whipcrack dialogue, along with a strong sense of place, make The Coffinmaker’s Garden a must read. If you like your serial killers with lashings of dark humour, this is for you’ Peter Robinson, no. 1 bestselling author of the DCI Banks series
'The Coffinmaker's Garden is brilliantly creepy, with the most cleverly conceived crime scene I've ever read. His legions of fans will love this – it's an unmistakable Stuart MacBride cocktail of dark violence and even darker humour’ Jane Casey, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Cutting Place
‘A brutal, visceral read, laced with the blackest of humour and travelling to some very dark places’ Guardian
‘A magnetic mix of creepy places, dark humour, horror and violence’ Sun
‘Stuart MacBride’s latest slab of tartan noir opens in spectacular fashion’ The Times
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Average rating from 26 members
Wow! This book is amazing. Totally had me gripped from start to finish and it was so fast paced that it was exhausting - but in a really good way. Love the characters in this series and can't wait to find out what happens next. Brilliant writing all the way through. Loved it.
Great writing, great characters and a great storyline. Time to clear your schedule for the afternoon, coffee pot on and phone turned off - you won’t want to put this one down.
As much as I love the Logan Macrae series, I have really struggled to like Ash Henderson. The previous stories were good but the character never sat well. It's all changed in this book. Maybe it's because the murdered daughter storyline is resolved (as much as losing a child can be resolved, it is still prevalent in this book) and we've moved on a few years and it's a wholly new serial killer (two actually, we are spoilt here) with no personal attachments but this book feels like a breath of fresh air after the first two. Ash is likeable and I wanted to know more. Granted he's still a thug and very dodgy and has very little morals but this time his character worked for me.
There's a lot of violence, it's not a cosy crime by any means so steer clear if you like your crime glossed over but there's also a lot of humour there and the relationships are solid and great to see and the new ones continue to develop nicely. I feel like this is the one where everything comes together for me and I'm glad I didn't give up on the series.