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Coffinmaker's Garden, The (edição 2021)

por Stuart MacBride (Autor)

Séries: DC Ash Henderson (3)

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Título:Coffinmaker's Garden, The
Autores:Stuart MacBride (Autor)
Informação:Harper Collins Canada (2021), 496 pages
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The Coffin Maker’s Garden – A Tour de Force

When the storms are washing a way the coastline of east Scotland, it does not help, if your house is on the coastline. When are young child runs to the edge of the garden, in the temporary house his mother is renting, what was a storm turns into something else. This time Ash Henderson is no longer a police inspector, but a consultant to Police Scotland, and is dragged into the investigation.

The return of Ash Henderson is a tour de force, while touching dark themes, with sporadic sardonic humour, one cannot help but be drawn deeper into the story. What the reader will love is how dark the story is, and the dark humour that goes with it is like a shining beacon. Fans of the previous Henderson series will love that nothing has changed in the character, other than he is even rougher around the edges. Oh, and as he is no longer a police officer he is not as bound to police procedure as he should be.

Chasing someone who is adept at hiding in plain sight and is loved by his neighbours is never going to be easy to catch. But the photographs of dead bodies, tortured and hung up, reveal another side to his life that he would have preferred to have kept quiet.

While racing around Scotland for clues as to the why and where, even though they know who the perpetrator is, it is far harder to find someone when he has is skilled at hiding. Dashing around Scotland trying to find him, Henderson upsets a number of people, one of whom hires people to use him as a human punch bag.

While people try and keep him busy and away from the front of the investigation, doing the basic leg work, little do they know how close to death he will come. With one ritualistic murder left, and a garden full of trophies, it was always going to end in one place.

A brilliant thriller, and any reader will want to drink this story in, as it is highly addictive. Cannot recommend this highly enough. ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | Mar 3, 2021 |
This is the third in the Ash Henderson series. I haven’t read the previous two books but can confirm that the Coffin Maker’s Garden can be read as a stand-alone. It took a little while to work out who was who and what was what, but I gradually got into the swing of things. There are two killers on the loose in this story. Human remains are found in a house which is teetering on the edge of a cliff whilst elsewhere there are children being kidnapped and later found dead.

Although I enjoyed this on the whole, I did find it a little too gruesome and violent for my tastes. Having said that, it’s quite gripping and kept me on the edge of my seat/hiding behind a cushion at times. It’s vividly written - perhaps too many metaphors, though - and the dark humour does make up for the grisly bits somewhat. There are some larger than life characters, a little too large at times. Ash has more lives than a cat! He really is the Six Million Dollar Man. 😆.

If you enjoy chiller thrillers, this one will definitely float your boat. Thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read this book. ( )
  VanessaCW | Jan 10, 2021 |
A wild storm is lashed the Scottish coast and Ash Henderson is called out to Clachmara to a supposedly abandoned house. Upon investigating he finds a kill room full of photographs which is promptly lost as the cliff crashes into the sea. Ash is charged with investigating this potential serial killer and well as helping an investigation into a child murderer in Oldcastle.
Bliss, a new Stuart MacBride! Here MacBride revisits Ash Henderson, no longer a policemen, just a consultant, but still willing to get into the fray. With a cast of characters that are just on the plausible side of cliche this novel bounces along at great pace. There are sly digs at various careers paths, some fairly horrific violence and a delightful dog called Henry. What a wonderful start to the New Year. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jan 9, 2021 |
I’ve been reading this author’s work for ages & while I enjoy the Logan McRae books, have to admit I prefer this series. It’s been 7 years since “A Song for the Dying”. So I’m thrilled to see the return of Oldcastle’s crankiest, perpetually injured ex-DI.

In fact, it might be prudent if you don a flak jacket before even cracking the cover because the entire Lateral Investigative & Review Unit (LIRU) is back. That includes ex-copper Ash Henderson, forensic psychologist Dr. Alice McDonald & DI “Shifty” Morrow but more importantly, the one key member who strikes fear in the heart of criminals everywhere……Henry. He may be small, hairy & easily distracted by sausages but put him in a squad car & he becomes The Scottie Dog Vehicle Defence System (SDVDS).

Looking back, the whole thing began with a favour. Ash & Alice are busy with a LIRU case when DI Flora “Mother” Malcomson calls with a request. Over in Clachmara, the sea has reclaimed part of a cliff face. It was just the usual landslide of dirt, trees, outbuildings, etc. until human bones popped up. And a rather disturbing number of them. The property belongs to one Gordon Smith, who is nowhere to be found. But his neighbour is Helen MacNeil, a scary ex-con Ash remembers from his days on the force. Perhaps he could come interview her, you know, reminisce about old times? Sure….what could go wrong.

Helen has her own reasons to want Gordon found but that doesn’t mean she’s happy to see the former DI who put her in prison. But she’s willing to strike a deal & Ash has no choice. Especially after he gets a look around Smith’s basement. In short order Ash is seconded to Mother’s team of misfits, leaving Alice & Henry to handle the LIRU case. And just a heads-up to readers: both investigations have a high ick factor.

From here, the story takes off in about 11 different directions with more characters added as things progress. We’re kept up to date through Ash’s acerbic & frequently hilarious comments & observations. As usual, there’s no shortage of grit or violence with Ash receiving more than his fair share of lumps (he is going to LOVE the concept of social distancing). It’s obvious early on the team is hunting someone who’s learned how to cover their tracks. If Ash is going to survive long enough to catch them, he’ll have to make friends with old enemies, call in favours & yes, even activate the SDVDS.

I really enjoy this MC. He’s grumpy, snarky & never at a loss for words. The dialogue is particularly entertaining & some of the conversations made me laugh out loud….often followed by a cringe and/or “eeeww”. He’s the perfect foil for Alice, a timid psychologist who can introduce more topics into a single sentence than any other human.

There are definite similarities between this & the Logan McRae series. Both feature 2 smart & long suffering detectives saddled with female colleagues that drive them to drink (albeit in VERY different ways). They’re both usually sporting bruises/bandages from their last thumping. And neither has any trouble expressing themselves in colourful Scottish vernacular. I think the difference for me are the respective casts of characters as a whole. Ash, Alice, Mother, Shifty, Rhona….I’ve grown fond of them all & enjoy what each brings to the story.

The story lines are gritty & descriptive but not gratuitous as the author lets your imagination fill in the blanks. It’s entertaining, pacey & full of the black humour I love. There’s even a sly treat for crime fiction fans in the form of comments made when Ash crashes a book club meeting.

I zipped through this in no time flat & can only hope it won’t be another 7 years (unless that’s in “Henry” years). Your reading tool kit for this should include: rubber boots, a map of Scotland, bandaids, Snausages & alcohol. Any kind. The large bottle. ( )
  RowingRabbit | Nov 4, 2020 |
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