Murder on Old Mission (Paperback)
Arbutus Press, 9780966531695, 389pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 2005
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Local mystery adds a novel twist to the quite, remote Cherry farming community of Old Mission. In 1895, Julia Curtis was found strangled, pregnant, and buried in a shallow grave near her home on Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City. A search for the murderer led investigators to a likely suspect, Woodruff Parmelee. From these bare bones, Stephen Lewis recreates the personalities, relationships and motives for this century old murder that rocked northern Michigan way back when. Tension builds from the first chapter as Lewis weaves the Curtis family ghosts and the Parmelee family skeletons, cleverly creating characters, motives, and relationships that keep the pages turning. There are clues: an empty bottle of laudanum, the footprints, the note?all leading to the climax courtroom drama and a suspect's alibi.
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