Reviews: Some Comfort Among Us

Mystery Scene (from Holiday 2004)

India is not often the setting for western crime fiction, which gives Canadian S. P. Hozy's Some Comfort Among Us its singular interest.

Stephanie Hobart, who works for the CBC in Toronto, has had a conflicted relationship with her mother, Ann. When Ann fails to return from her visit to an ashram where she had gone in search of an understanding of her troubled life, Steph decides to travel to India in order to bring her ailing mother home. After an exhausting trip, she discovers that her mother is dead, apparently of some mysterious tropical disease. While staying at the ashram more deaths occur, and Stephanie is thrust into a search for their causes in an alien and seductive world.

Ann, who had spent a lifetime exploring various alternative philosophies, has always been something of an embarrassment to her daughter, but when Stephanie settles into the tranquil world of the ashram, for the first time she begins to understand her mother and to commence a reconciliation with her past.

By her own admission, S. P. Hozy, an award-winning film maker, had always dreamed of combining her two passions: travel and writing. In Some Comfort Among Us she has managed to skillfully blend a convincing mystery with its exotic Indian locale.

- Charles L.P. Silet

Black Ice Reviews

Some Comfort Among Us is a cozy mystery spiced with the exotic locale of India. Readers who love their mysteries filled with tinges of history will enjoy the rich description of India's history as well as the contemporary detailing of this book.

Hozy has brought all of her travels in India to life in this story about a daughter trying to unravel what happened prior to her mother's mysterious death at a remote ashram in the outlying regions around Bombay. Her mother is portrayed as naïve; a lifelong seeker of inner peace, and a bit of a flighty, middle-aged woman who can't settle down to her life as an empty nester in Toronto, Canada. Her father is equally ineffectual; unable to stop his wife from leaving, and abdicating his role as husband in being content to let his daughter to face the trials and tribulations of dangerous travel in India. ...

While the plot is episodic, the telling of life at an ashram, the rituals of cremation, and Indian life versus Western life are interesting and the author attempts to make the book as suspenseful as possible.

Hozy has raw writing talent; there is no doubt about that. Using her travel experiences and her way with words will serve her in good stead as she hones her craft in the mystery field ... this author is one to watch ...

Many, many authors have gone on to huge success ... and my guess is that Hozy will be one of them. She needs to pump up her characterization, and throw in a few more red herrings to stir up her mysteries. Then watch her fly!

- Laurie J. Wood