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Murder at the Columbarium

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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.
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published September 23rd 2018
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Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I normally read YA but this was a great change. Emily has a very straightforward and detailed way of writing that's not only easy to follow, it's also very enjoyable. The story itself is full of twists and turns. It's so intricately written that I have to admit it was one of the best mysteries I've read in a while. The characters are well written and lovable. Theres a lot of extra effort that went into this story. The main character not only deals with his murder mystery and danger, but hes face ...more
Rosie Amber
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
Murder At The Columbarium is a relaxed paced contemporary mystery which is set in San Francisco.

Jed is the caretaker of the Columbarium which is a building with niches where funeral urns are stored. One morning he finds the body of a Pakistani woman inside the gates, and beside her a baby.

While the police investigate the murder, Jed takes it upon himself to also do some sleuthing. See here for full review
Wendy Wanner
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well-crafted murder mystery that lays a trail of breadcrumbs.

Emily Gallo is a master at laying well-placed breadcrumbs to keep the plot twisting, the suspect list growing and the “who done it” moment a surprise until the very end. Murder at the Columbarium opens with Jed, caretaker at the Columbarium in San Francisco, finding an infant girl in the bushes beside her dead mother. Wanting to adopt the baby, Jed becomes consumed with finding the killer and learning the identity of litt
Danielle Calloway
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once I started I couldn't put it down. It was well paced and didn't have a boring moment. The characters were so true to life and immediately endearing that I want to go to San Francisco to sit and have a cup of coffee with them. The new plot twists at every turn kept me turning pages wanting more. I can't wait to read more from this talented author
Sam Law
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is an interesting whodunnit story, which also has a number of other threads running through it.

Main Characters:

Jed Gibbons: Sixty-something African-American, curator of a Columbarium (a building where funeral urns are stored).

Monica: His wife, positively diagnosed with HIV.

Minor Characters:

Dutch: Sixty-something grower of legal weed.

Juniper: Dutch’s live-in companion, and overseer of his farming oper
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emily Gallo has a way with words in Murder at the Columbarium. She takes the most controversial topics of our time and makes them mundane. It is fantastic!

In Murder at the Columbarium, we open into Jed going to work at the Columbarium, just as he has every day for who knows how long. However, instead of a quiet day working his rounds, he sees a dead body and a live infant lying next to it. Unknown to Jed, his life will never be the same again.

I loved this novel. I love my
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A first-class whodunit with perfect pacing...

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.

Nebula Castelino
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vro
"All Jed had was his engaging, honourable personality. He hoped that would be enough." And it is definitely more than enough. Emily Gallo's "Murder at the Columbarium" has an intriguing plot, one that is layered in the background of many important and relevant subjects of modern society that is centred around race, sexuality, political beliefs and drugs. This book is an absolute page-turner even with a very clear and direct writing style. Apart from the main plot, the book is guided by empathy, ...more
Happy Booker
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Murder at the Columbarium is a murder mystery. Jed witnesses a woman’s dead body and a baby that is crying. Things cannot get worse for him when he is also considered as a suspect. He spends his time finding answers not only for his own curious mind but to also clear his name.

The story has a blend of mentioning drug culture issues, racism, LGBTQ matters. With a combination of a few plot twists, action scenes, and adventurous thriller pursuits, the author manages to create a rea
Carol Peace
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I was introduced to this book by Voracious readers and I am so glad I was, I loved the characters and followed the intricate story line with ease.
Jed worked at the Columbarium and one day when he arrived he found a dead woman in the grounds but then he could hear a baby and he found her, comforted her and then called the police. Jed and his wife Monica then try and find out where the baby came from and who the woman was as it seemed that the police were slow in their investigation. There were s
Calleen Petersen
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book. The author weaves in every type of disadvantaged minority but in a believable way. The story itself is intriguing that keeps you wanting to read. And I learned a few new things along the way. Did you know in Pakistan they have to give their finger prints before buying a cell phone?
Full disclosure: This book was given to me for free through Voracious Readers in exchange for an honest review.
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