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The Coffinmaker's Garden

by Stuart MacBride

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery Star Books Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Coffinmaker's Garden

Outrageously good reading entertainment awaits in this punchy, smirky, dark crime thriller set in Scotland. Ex-DI Ash Henderson from the Lateral Investigative and Review Unit finds himself working two cases after human remains are found in a garden that is collapsing into the sea. Ash has previously been central to two of the Oldcastle Novels by Stuart MacBride, do you need to have read the other Ash Henderson thrillers first? I really think you do, as though it is possible to read The Coffinmaker’s Garden as a standalone, you will miss out if you don’t know the back story. I threw all my thoughts and knowledge out of the window as I read and just enjoyed the spunky characters and blood-tingling plot. Spinning between the two investigations kept my armchair-sleuth thoughts from settling too deeply. Instead I rode the wave, fell for the repartee and characters, and found my eyebrows more than once shooting skywards. A round of applause to Stuart MacBride for ensuring a balance between the horror and tragedy of the storyline with the humour that peppers the pages (the inventive insults are hugely diverting). The Coffinmaker’s Garden played out in gloriously vivid colour in my mind, atmospheric and gripping, this is a corker of a read and comes with the LoveReading Star Book stamp of approval.

Liz Robinson

The Coffinmaker's Garden Synopsis

The stunning new thriller from No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller Stuart MacBride.

A village on the edge...

As a massive storm batters the Scottish coast, Gordon Smith's home is falling into the North Sea. But the crumbling headland has revealed what he's got buried in his garden: human remains.

A house full of secrets...

With the storm still raging, it's too dangerous to retrieve the bodies and waves are devouring the evidence. Which means no one knows how many people Smith's already killed and how many more he'll kill if he can't be found and stopped.

An investigator with nothing to lose...

The media are baying for blood, the top brass are after a scapegoat, and ex-Detective Inspector Ash Henderson is done playing nice. He's got a killer to catch, and God help anyone who gets in his way. 

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The Coffinmaker's Garden Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A criminal investigation full of plots, twists and detail which is told with a rich sense of dark humour. Full review

Alan Brown

This novel is well written and moves along at a good pace. A satisfactory ending. I would look for others by this author Full review


A really gritty crime thriller! Full review

Doreen McKeown

A story that will have you on a knife edge. Full review

Hannah Symonds

This story grabs you from the very beginning and the tension just keeps building. The characters rush from one closely-averted catastrophe to another, sweeping you along with them, completely engrossed. Full review

Nicola Crisp

A fantastic new volume in the Ash Henderson series. Ash, Alice, and Shifty all in top form and having Ash work with Mother's team is a touch of genius. More soon, please! Full review

David Gay

A rollercoaster ride from page one until the end. Full review

Elisabeth Soane

This is the first of Stuart MacBride's books that I've read...but it certainly won't be the last! It's dark, it's violent and utterly brilliant. Full review

drena irish

Dark & uncomfortable, with a large cast of colourful, well drawn characters. I could see this as a TV series. Full review

Carolyn Parry

A well-written and gripping storyline with intriguing and unconventional heroes. Full review

Pauline Braisher

The Coffinmaker's Garden Press Reviews

'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

Praise for Stuart MacBride:

'Dark and brilliantly written' Linwood Barclay

'A satisfying read and a hugely thoughtful novel ... there's no let-up for the reader' Scotland on Sunday

'A tense and gritty thriller' Irish Sunday Independent

'The pages turn effortlessly. His best work yet.' i

'A tour de force ... smartly paced and vividly pungent' Laura Wilson, Guardian

'MacBride's books have always been ambitiously plotted and firmly character-driven ... They are only getting richer and more rewarding. The Blood Road is his best work yet' Scotland on Sunday

'Dark and gripping. A riveting page-turner' Independent on Sunday

'MacBride is a damned fine writer' Peter James

'A satisfyingly compelling thriller' Sunday Mirror

'Skilful storytelling ... strong characterisation ... both intriguing and engrossing' Guardian

'MacBride's thrillers just keep getting better' Express

'Exciting ... a guaranteed bestseller' Literary Review

'Unmissable ... Superb storytelling' Sun

'Crime fiction of the highest order' Mark Billingham

'A terrific writer ... Logan McRae is a delight' The Times

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ISBN: 9780008208318
Publication date: 07/01/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008208318
Publication date: 7th January 2021
Author: Stuart MacBride
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: 2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon, 80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Stuart MacBride

Stuart MacBride is the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson novels. He’s also published standalones, novellas and short stories as well as a children’s picture book.   Stuart lives in the northeast of Scotland with his wife Fiona, cats Grendel, Gherkin, Onion, and Beetroot, some hens, horses, and a vast collection of assorted weeds. Stuart MacBride is the author of several bestselling novels featuring DS Logan McRae, including Shatter the Bones, which reached No. 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list.The McRae novels have won him the CWA's Dagger in ...

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