The Coffinmaker’s Garden by Stuart MacBride

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oh I’ve missed the elegant (depraved), poetic (brutal), whimsical (gallows humour) of Stuart MacBride!

Please please do not even think about reading this book without going back to the beginning and starting with Cold Granite. You’ll thank me. Well, unless you don’t like your books gritty, dark, gruesome and raw – and that’s just the weather.

The Coffinmaker’s Garden has some truly gratuitous and explicit violence in it – that really isn’t everyone’s ideal reading material – so fair warning…

It also has some brilliant little smudges of humour – the old ladies book group discussing one of MacBride’s earlier books for example. Just delightful!

Amidst all this is a hard core crime novel, full of hard hitting and grim activities, some pretty unsavoury characters and a ‘long game’ of a story arc. I particularly enjoyed the two ‘fixer’ characters, no grudges held, nothing personal all just work. They were very entertaining.

It’s brilliant and I loved it 🙂

Blurb: 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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