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The Coffin Maker lives and works alone in the Kingdom of Death. When he completes a coffin a life on Earth ends. That’s how it’s always been.

One day as Coffin sits writing in his journal, The History of Death, trying to sum it all up in one perfect sentence, a note sails past his window.

Is he about to gain a glimpse of the elusive Divine Plan that h
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Caroline Vincent
Coffin Maker is an intriguing philosophical dark novel. A tale of good and evil, of action against introspection, of life on Earth and the Kingdom of Death

— Introduction —

“I love them I hate them”

To the Coffin Maker, these perfectly balanced words are the ultimate paradox and show how he regards human life and death on Earth. Now the Coffin Maker feels worthy of the honorary title ‘Poet of Death’. Who is this Coffin Maker – a mere skeleton body of bones barely held toget
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Susan Hampson
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I didn't even read what this book was about I just saw the author's name and thought oh yes! Mark Fowler has such a unique writing style, I would love to be inside his head just to see how all these ideas come together. He is the odd ball to me, the soldier walking out of step with the rest of the platoon, but in the best possible way. A category just for himself.

This story is about death, not dying but death himself, the coffin maker but he has lost his way a little and doesn't know
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Kath Middleton
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Coffin Maker strikes the last nail home and the coffin is completed, that's when the intended recipient dies. He has been doing his job as long as life has existed. In effect, he is Death, Life's antithesis. Father Henry has written a story about him and given it to his little nephew. This book is almost a fable or dark fantasy, dealing as it does with Coffin Maker and his two recent companions; his apprentices. Something, some evil being, has entered the world while Coffin was distracted a ...more
Kaz
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Coffin Maker is unlike any book I have read, and very refreshing too loose oneself in the dark and mysterious world that is The Kingdom of Death, all rather magical in it's description by the author Mark Fowler, what an imagination he has. The Coffin Maker is Death himself, his whole purpose is to make coffins, continuously for every person on earth, and when he hit's the final nail in a coffin, a person on earth will die.Thing's start to change when he is given 2 apprentices, his cosy exist ...more
Chris Nolan
Having read Mark L Fowler's novel Silver and thoroughly enjoyed it, I was delighted to be asked to review Coffin Maker, expecting more of the same. However, this is a gothic horror novel, a genre I have little knowledge of and therefore outside of my normal ambit. The tale is set between our world and the Kingdom Of Death, and the eponymous protagonist spends his time tapping nails into coffins, each one of which represents the end of a life. The Coffin Maker learns that he is to be sent two app ...more
Susan Angela Wallace
Coffin Maker by Mark Fowler.
The Coffin Maker lives and works alone in the Kingdom of Death. When he completes a coffin a life on Earth ends. That’s how it’s always been.
One day as Coffin sits writing in his journal, The History of Death, trying to sum it all up in one perfect sentence, a note sails past his window.
Really enjoyable read with great characters. This was a different read for me. I loved the story and the characters. 5*. Thanks to tbc on fb.
Simon Leonard
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have already read one of Mark's other books, the man upstairs, and thouhg it was great so jumped at the chance to read this one when Caroline asked me to be involved with this one.

The book starts with a priest writing a book about a coffin maker andcswitches berween the two people, this does make it a bit confusing in places but is still a great read. It is a very hard book to review as it is so different from any book I have read before.

The Coffin Maker has a coffin fo
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Julie Smith
The blurb:

The Coffin Maker lives and works alone in the Kingdom of Death. When he completes a coffin a life on Earth ends. That’s how it’s always been.

One day as Coffin sits writing in his journal, The History of Death, trying to sum it all up in one perfect sentence, a note sails past his window.

Is he about to gain a glimpse of the elusive Divine Plan that has eluded him for centuries? Is life in the Kingdom of Death about to change forever?

There are rumours that the devil is fin
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Jackie Roche
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank the author for this book which I voluntarily reviewed.
This is not the kind of book I usually read but I'm so glad I ventured outside my comfort zone to read it.
It's difficult to say exactly what kind of book this is as it's got so many different elements. It's a fantasy/paranormal/action and adventure/philosophical book.
The character Coffin Maker is certainly different. He's very good at what he does and has been doing it since the start of time. He loves
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David Gilchrist
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my normal choice of book, having been given an ARC by the author, I felt compelled to read it. Enter a dark mysterious world that is intriguing and compelling. The book is well written the characters well developed. The author writes about a strange dark world, it will appeal to many.
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Mark is the writer of the crime series featuring Tyler and Mills. The first book to feature the detectives, RED IS THE COLOUR, was shortlisted for the 2018 Arnold Bennett Book Prize. The second book, BLUE MURDER, can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

He is also the author of THE MAN UPSTAIRS, featuring hard-boiled detective Frank Miller, and SILVER, a psychological thriller. Mark's first boo
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