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Forensic science meets literary fiction in this captivating police procedural.

Deep in the forests of the Black Hills, human remains are being discovered - one bit at a time. Rumors of a rogue, man-eating mountain lion are spreading through the county and panic is starting to swell. Sergeant Hank LeGris of the Custer County Sheriff’s Office is feeling the pressure; he needs to find out who the dead are and how they got that way. Hank suspects that the bodies are the result of a more sinister predator. But in order to solve the mystery, he will have to reach back into his own dysfunctional family history and pull in the only person who can get to the bottom of these strange cases - his estranged and disordered brother, the brilliant forensic anthropologist Dr. Sebastien Grey.  

When Sebastien arrives in the Black Hills, he takes his brother and Detective Tiffany Reese on a whirlwind tour of forensic thinking and deductive reasoning, not only solving the mystery of the human remains, but the murder of a local thug as well. In the process, Sebastien himself is forever transformed by his own success and by the charm and kindness of the lovely Detective Reese: “One day I hope you give yourself permission to be different, Sebastien. You’ll be happier.” 

The Comfort of Distance is equal parts forensic mystery, police procedural, and character study, with dashes of comedy and romance thrown in. Listeners will be cheering at the end and ready for more. 

©2020 Ryburn Dobbs (P)2021 Ryburn Dobbs

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Undeveloped characters, adolescent ideal of relationships

There was not enough forensic science. Characters not fully developed. Ending not believable. Sebastian, archeologist who can’t make eye contact and can’t bear to be around people ends up in a close romantic relationship? That does not work for the story. I like the story idea but it feels too middle school like. Don’t recommend this novel.

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Better than average - so a 4. I enjoyed the all the osteology stuff and the searching over acres of land for bones, the mystery of that mountain lion. It might even be a 5 :-) but I want to listen to the next book.