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Summary

The stunning new thriller from number one Sunday Times best seller 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 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.

©2020 Stuart MacBride (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic 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, number one best-selling 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 best-selling author of The Cutting Place)

"A brutal, visceral read, laced with the blackest of humour and travelling to some very dark places." (Guardian)

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Superb narration

Great story enhanced by a wonderful narrator, I was glued to this audiobook! My first encounter with Stuart MacBride and Ian Hanmore but it won’t be my last

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Mr Macbride gives you your money's worth

I used to think Mr Macbride was using good writing time not to the best advantage when he writes an Ash Henderson book and he would be better concentrating on Logan McRae books - until now that is. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and was never bored for one minute. He has his wee jokes with his readers does Mr Macbride - such as the discussion at the book club in a pub when Henderson is trying to get some information from the participants - you'll get it when you read or listen and the great characters in the JMF Freelance Consultants who were almost Dickensian but Mr Macbride chose to name them Francis and Joseph - a hark back to Francie and Josie, two great Scottish comedians of the 1960s 9 ( I think). I spent a lot of time whilst listening with my hands over my eyes and shouting out don't do it to Ash. Mr Macbride left one of his little complications right until the last moment to resolve -- naughty man. A solid 5 out of 5 for this book- I would give more if I could.

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Can only say in my opinion ... awful

Very disappointed. Only managed for chapters - completed lost the plot even by then ! A police officer called mother ? Or was she forensics... a twittering someone who was trying to portray an official with a nervousness that was so unbelievably wrong ..... I m shaking my head writing this. Oh and let’s not forget the “lady” that just let out of prison that was weigh-training / bench pressing in her lounge that was nearly falling off a cliff ..... oh my what a ramble of rubbish . I’ve asked for a credit refund

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another great read from stuart macbride, loved it

love this narrator, could listen to him all day
couldn't put the book down, hope there is a follow on

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Brilliant

I really enjoyed this story the narration was first class held me engrossed until the end. Keep them coming Stuart and keep talking Ian, or should I say “Spector”

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Brilliant

Excellent, from beginning to end . Just amazed how the story kept interest and amusing ,and thrilling. Just thoroughly enjoyed , can't wait for the next . Narration brilliant too. Thank you

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Not the usual attention to detail

I was a bit disappointed with this latest book it felt a bit lazy and far fetched. Ive listed to all the books and I have to confess even i could have done with some background details about the characters, goodness knows how anyone who is new to the series got on. It wont deter me from continuing to listen to stuart MacBride books in the future but for me it definitely wasn’t one of his best.

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Couldn’t stop listening

Loved the story. Loved the performance. Loved the humour amongst the very macabre story. Highly recommended

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fantastic

Absolutely loved this book really like the way there were 2 cases going on at the same time and they were interlinked right at the beginning cannot wait for the next Stuart MacBride book to come out I think I've read them all

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Good stuff

With Ash being more of an anti-hero, these are harsher stories to go along with than the Logan McRae books. Intriguing and “enjoyable” nonetheless, with excellent characters. Some light relief too - no spoilers, but look out for the Book Club meeting scene. I particularly like (not the right word, but you know what I mean!) Joseph and Francis, with their relative modes of speech - who knew a psychopath could have a catchphrase?!*? Remind me of Pin and Tulip from Discworld. Is Mr McBride a fan, I wonder? The Narrator has an excellent clear voice and good style, however unlike many other reviewers, I cannot differentiate between the characters, which is occasionally off putting. His accents are identifiable (Scouse, Geordie) but not particularly good. Certainly not bad enough to put me off (unlike several others), but a tad jarring at times. Still loved it overall.

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