Murder at the Columbarium (英語) ペーパーバック – 2018/9/21
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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 have read all of Ms. Gallo's novels and I always enjoy the characters in her books. She paints a very clear picture of the people in her stories that makes them easy to see in one's mind. I also enjoy her story lines that are very easy to follow. I was so engrossed in this story that I finished it in two sittings and can not wait for her next novel."
"All of Emily Gallo's books are read-reads that make me think and laugh and touch my heart. They would all be great book club choices for discussion. Definitely thought provoking and entertaining."
"Emily Gallo has written another captivating page-turner."
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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.
But this story is much more than a simple one-dimensional mystery. The characters — ageing Jed and his wife Monica, their old friends Malcolm and Savali who need to re-home elderly residents when a retirement home gets shut down, and new friends like singer-weed grower Dutch and Juniper, the woman who runs his ranch — have flourishing lives of their own that flow along multiple storylines adding depth and connecting with readers on an emotional level. This novel will leave fans waiting for the next book in the series to revisit their favorite cast of characters.
The blending of the LGBTQ lifestyle, racism issues, drug cultures (both illegal and medical), death, and homage to death is natural and doesn’t feel forced or obvious. Hats off to Gallo for her masterful blending of multiple cultures in a modern city setting.
For readers who have not read the first book in the series, like me, the characters from the earlier book could have been introduced more naturally. Although characters like Finn and Nick were mentioned a couple of times, we never met them and I am unsure about their role in this novel. Also, the point of view does head hop, not enough to make the story hard to follow, but it was noticeable.
At times, Gallo tries too hard to bring the reader into the scene. Actions become mundane and conversation too literal, making the text read more like a screenplay rather than a novel.
Overall, the scenes I enjoyed most depicted Jed’s investigation and internal musings, and I’m hoping to see more of him in Gallo’s next novel, The Last Resort.