Jed’s quiet life as caretaker of the San Francisco Columbarium is turned upside down when he comes upon a dead woman’s body and a crying baby just inside the gate. His search for answers thrusts him into a world of corruption, bigotry and drug trafficking and he becomes one of the principal suspects.
A first-class whodunit with perfect pacing.
Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews
Author Emily Gallo weaves a first-class murder mystery with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a compelling story of corruption, bigotry and drug trafficking in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a fast-paced novel that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last.
The book description gives only a sneak preview: ‘Jed’s quiet life as caretaker of the San Francisco Columbarium is turned upside down when he comes upon a dead woman’s body and a crying baby just inside the gate. His search for answers thrusts him into a world of corruption, bigotry and drug trafficking and he becomes one of the principal suspects…’
I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a first-class whodunit with perfect pacing. Not much is as it appears here, which is just the way fans of mystery, thriller and suspense will want it.
Murder at the Columbarium had every element a good story should have. An intriguing plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book. It’s one of those stories that come along once in a while that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader!
I’ll be looking forward to reading more from Emily Gallo in the future. I would definitely recommend this book. A well-deserved five stars from me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I view my life in 3 stages. Emily Kaufman was the girl growing up in Manhattan in the fifties and sixties. She went to Clark University in Worcester, Mass and lived in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Seattle doing the hippie/peace/love/protest thing in the sixties and seventies. Emily Saur lived in Northampton, Mass. and Davis, CA and was the more conventional wife, mother of two, and elementary school teacher in the eighties, nineties and early 2000s. Emily Gallo married David who is a professor emeritus of economics, moved to Chico, CA, and retired from teaching in 2006. I started writing screenplays and television and moved into novels. David, Gracie (our Schillerhound) and I now divide our time between two and a half acres of gardens, orchards, and cats and a 750 square foot condo on the beach in Carpinteria, CA.