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The Strange Curse of Breda by Steven Arnett - Book Review

Book Description:

It’s 1971 and a horrible murder has occurred near the town of Breda in west Michigan. A young woman, Jane Lucas, has been dragged into the woods and stabbed. The letters ZOSO from the Led Zeppelin album have been written in blood on her waist, which leads the police to think it might be a cult murder. Suspicion falls on the commune located on a farm near the town. The shock and horror townspeople feel after that murder, though, are nothing compared to the shock and horror people feel when another murder and then another murder of the same type occur. 
The Strange Curse of Breda is about those murders and how they are finally solved. As each murder occurs, the level of fear in Breda intensifies, to the point that the townsfolk either flee the town, arm themselves to the teeth, or fall into an almost catatonic state of fear. The county sheriff, the state police, and even the FBI are baffled. However, Jim Leiden, a young man who runs a small grocery in Breda, finds a clue that may link all the murders together: The hanging of a man named Obadiah Kurtz that occurred in 1889. Jim researches the story and finds that the victims are descendants of the people who were responsible for hanging Obadiah. After Jim’s discovery, he’s in a race against time to try to get the police to believe him and find the murderer before he can kill the only person in the whole world who really matters to him: His beautiful fiancĂ©e Julie Veere, who happens to be one of those direct descendants! 

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Steven Arnett was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1951 and enjoys writing fiction and poetry. He has degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Maine. He currently lives in Johns Creek, Georgia, with his wife, Delphine, and daughter, Vivienne. His novels Winners and Losers and Death on Lake Michigan have both received 5 star reviews from the Readers Favorite Web site.

Book Review by Carmen:
Here's the thing about this book: From the beginning of this novel, you know who the killer is; what you don't know is why they're doing it. You get the idea that it's for revenge - but revenge for what? 
At the beginning of the novel, you get a small snippet of a hanging that took place in the 1800's, and from there you jump to the 1970's. This book focuses a lot on the murders that take place in this small town called Breda, as well as the detective, Bill Mathers, that tries to solve these murders. 
This was a fairly quick read as well as an enjoyable one. I ended up giving this book a four star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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