The Distance Between Us | Critical Book Review

In A.C. Burch’s riveting murder mystery, The Distance Between Us, the lively streets of Provincetown, MA, become the stage for a whirlwind of intrigue touching on legacy, intimacy, and the vibrant world of drag. Helena Handbasket, a dynamic character from Burch’s previous novel, The HomePort Journals, takes center stage as an Executive Director, drag queen, sailor, pilot, and amateur detective.

Unraveling the Canvas of Crime

As a body surfaces in the studio of a renowned Provincetown painter supported by the Staunton Trust, and the artist’s work is defaced in the Staunton Museum, Helena embarks on a quest for answers. Amidst stolen artworks, uncooperative law enforcement, and escalating tragedies, questions of gentrification and tensions between the locals and outsiders persist. What secrets will Helena and her eclectic circle uncover when the truth emerges?

A Tapestry of Emotions in P’town

Nestled within the vibrant town of Provincetown, The Distance Between Us offers a diverse array of experiences. From captivating drag performances to cleverly devised traps, tender moments between friends and lovers to the exploration of personal relationships, the novel spans a wide emotional spectrum. Helena’s unwavering love for her community elevates this mystery beyond the ordinary, infusing it with uniqueness.

Navigating the Labyrinth of Characters

Prospective readers should be prepared for an immersive experience, as the novel’s extensive cast, thoughtfully listed at the outset, spans two full pages. The intricate web of relationships within “P’town” may challenge some readers, but for most, these characters enrich the narrative. Helena’s journey, intertwined with her family, friends, and the legacy of the Staunton sisters, unfolds with precision against the vivid backdrop of Provincetown.

Helena’s Evolution Amidst Adversity

Under immense pressure, facing moments of loss, and grappling with questions of identity and belonging, Helena emerges as a dynamic protagonist—constantly evolving, growing, and thinking ahead. In crafting The Distance Between Us, Burch weaves an intricate yet heartfelt page-turner, ensuring readers remain captivated until the very end.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Homeport PressMystery, Thriller & Suspense / LGBTQ370 pages9781734053395

In A.C. Burch’s riveting murder mystery, The Distance Between Us, the lively streets of Provincetown, MA, become the stage for a whirlwind of intrigue touching on legacy, intimacy, and the vibrant world of drag. Helena Handbasket, a dynamic character from Burch’s previous novel, The HomePort Journals, takes center stage as an Executive Director, drag queen,…