Start reading Coffin Dodgers on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.
OR
Read for free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available
 

Coffin Dodgers [Kindle Edition]

Gary Marshall
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: £1.99 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
 
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for £0.00 and get unlimited access to over 700,000 titles. Learn More
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

  • Length: 206 pages (estimated)
  • Prime members can borrow this book and read it on their devices with Kindle Owners Lending Library.
Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £1.99  
Paperback --  
Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Unlimited
Enjoy unlimited access to over 650,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for £7.99 a month, including this one. Learn more

Book Description

"A no-holds-barred thriller plot with a sense of the ridiculous, lacing nastiness with some delightfully black comedy" - The Big Issue Scotland

"You really can't afford to miss out on this" - Ray Banks, author of Sucker Punch and Beast of Burden

Coffin Dodgers is a fast, funny and fat-free thriller that's been compared to Christopher Brookmyre, Colin Bateman, Tim Dorsey, Carl Hiaasen and the films Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead.

Eighty is the new thirty. Nobody's having babies, the old massively outnumber the young and the hip crowd has become the hip replacement crowd. Twentysomething barman Matt Johnson would be bored senseless if someone wasn't trying to kill him.

When Matt isn't playing silly pranks on his elders with his colleague Dave or laughing at Dave's dating disasters, he's trying to summon up the courage to ask best friend Amy out on a date. Then Matt narrowly escapes a car wreck, and he discovers that his accident was no accident. Someone's murdering young people, and dozens are already dead. Can Matt, Amy and Dave stop the killings? The answer involves guns, gangsters, an angry bear and plenty of irate pensioners.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00538TRQC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

Hi there. My name's Gary, I'm in my late thirties, and I live just outside Glasgow with my wife, my daughter and a black labrador. I'm a freelance journalist, columnist, author, copywriter, scriptwriter and radio talking head, and I write features, news stories and tutorials about technology, the Internet and pop culture for lots of magazines and websites.

My debut novel Coffin Dodgers hit the Kindle in June 2011, and I've written lots of non-fiction books too: several books for young musicians, one on working from home and one about laptops. I've also co-authored lots of computing and music books, some of which I can talk about and some of which I can't. Before getting into journalism I played in various bands, some of which I like to talk about and some of which I don't.

I blog at www.bigmouthstrikesagain.com and tweet at twitter.com/garymarshall.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder and comedy. Oh yes. 13 Jun. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been reading and liking Gary Marshall's journalism for years. And here along comes his first novel, so I've read that too. And it's good.

The world is full of books which say "I laughed till I cried" on the cover but which turn out to be utterly unfunny when you read them. This is not one of those books. It is proper funny, and actually made me laugh.

It also contains murders and plots and mystery. The characters seem real, their dialogue is natural and believable. The prose goes straight from the page to your head without your having to think about reading, the way good writing does. And the book does a nice job of taking you a little way into a plausible future: not slamming loads of over-the-top high-tech nonsense into your face every paragraph but just gently reminding you from time to time that it's not quite the here-and-now.

I loved it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful mix of comedy and thriller 25 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Many books bill themselves as comedy thrillers and most fail to live up to that heading either one way or the other but failing to combine the two. This is a good example of making it work because while the story twists and turns it Gary Marshall never lets up on the comedy. The story gets a bit too twisty at time and I'm sure some of the turns didn't make sense, but that might just be me.But all in all it's great fun and I really enjoyed the slightly dark humour.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sense of humour. 8 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I love comedy and crime combined in books and films. When it works well, there can be nothing better. I don't think The Coffin Dodgers has the inventiveness of Christopher Brookmyre or Colin Bateman, nor does it have the pace and punchiness of films like Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. But this is a decent enough novel and in the areas where Marshall seems to be lacking, he makes up for in humour.

This is the second laugh out loud novel that I have been fortunate enough to read this year (the first being Tony Royden's superb dark comedy thriller The Dealer) and for this reason alone I would be happy to recommend The Coffin Dodgers - it is an enjoyable read.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inventive, amusing and fast-paced 31 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Light-hearted look at a view of the future gone to seed through medical advances. Marshall writes in a witty and engaging way, building his characters so well that you feel you know them.

The story is delightfully unrealistic but so fast-paced you don't stop to think. It's a cross between a crime-thriller and a comedy - think Christopher Brookmeyer but with an even zanier premise.

Here's waiting for his next one
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire, poorly written, two dimensional, unfunny. 4 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the story of 3 young people representing a dwindling youth culture (under explored reasons few people are being born so the population is ageing). The central characters are two dimensional and repetitive, and seem to have no redeeming interests past drinking beer and playing computer games. Their "investigations" of an organ harvesting crime seem to involve sitting in pubs and plucking conclusions from their rear ends, and coming up with "mad cap" schemes to gather evidence. The schems are not mad cap, or funny.

The author seems to forget about the romance threads completley and concludes his story before they are resolved. At all. After spending 99% of the book getting away with their crime scott free, one of them decides to go crazy for no reason at all and essentially gives their game away.

This book reads like a first draft, missing fleshing out some of the parts that make sense in favour of rehashing the same tedious "joke" over and over again.

Terrible. Essentially would have sought a refund if it hadn't been free.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't give it 0! 11 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Product description includes comparison with Christopher Brookmyre, Colin Bateman and others. I've read their books and I've read this and there is no comparison.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I tried!!! 13 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Gave up less than a third of the way through - :-( It felt like the author was trying too hard to be funny, much too obvious. More subtlety please........
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars childish 31 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The humour in this book is a little obvious and well teenager-ish. Didn't manage to finish it but then it probably wasn't written for someone my age (48)
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 6 days ago by Jane Melton
2.0 out of 5 stars long
I thought this book was long and drawn out I have not looked at any other Gary Marshall books yet but I found this book a tad boring
Published 1 month ago by Graham Dawson
4.0 out of 5 stars A daring read!
Excellent! I first discovered this book with its great cover in the Amazon Bestsellers listing for dark humorous comedy because it was running neck and neck with my own book 'The D... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joanna
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story
...with believable characters, who were well-written. The story had a nice English feel to it too. I'm going to get the sequel now!
Published 4 months ago by Birdnerd
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
perfect service thanks
Published 4 months ago by donald steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very peased with purchase.
Published 4 months ago by Irene Dunn
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Unfortunately the last chapter (the epilogue) was not downloaded, which was rather disappointing.
Published 4 months ago by eileen
4.0 out of 5 stars Pacey, Funny and original
Had me giggling all the way through. Likeable characters, no unnecessary 'filler-faff', catchy plot and a whole bunch of frames of reference close to my heart. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TFG
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read, my first in this genre and I liked it
Published 5 months ago by dubhe
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Boring and not very funny. Premise was interesting though.
Published 5 months ago by Adrian
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
When's the next one coming out? 3 19 Jul 2011
See all discussions...  
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
   


Look for similar items by category