We Know Who Dun’ It

The Strange Curse of Breda by Steven Arnett is a thoroughly enjoyable read for fans of crime novels such as myself. It has a few interesting peculiarities. Spoiler? What spoiler? We know the killer right away. The next mystery is motive. We don’t know motive right away but we know it is dark, it is going to be connected somehow to 1889 even though the murders are taking place in the 1970s, and the murderer will gradually be revealed as a psychotic nut job. With all that we know, with all the foreshadowing, how can this be a good read? Steven Arnett’s presentation makes it a page-turner that the reader will stay with for approximately 150 pages and will possibly leave the reader with a question I will add at the end of this review.