Book Reviews · Historical Fiction · Mystery · Suspence

Murder Has a Motive

Murder has a Motive (Mordecai Tremaine #1)Murder has a Motive by Francis Duncan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The description of the book sounded a lot like one of Agatha Christie’s novels, and I’m a huge Mrs. Christie’s fan.

The story begins with a murder of a young woman in a small English village Dalmering. Private detective Mordecai Tremaine just happens to visit his this particular village for a holiday. What a coincidence, isn’t it? Well, the murderer is not very pleased with this particular “hiccup” in their plan. And one of the Scotland Yard’s detectives’ that works on the case is actually Mordecai’s friend. Can it get any worst? You bet it can! How about a second murder? Yes, that happens. And that’s when it starts to confuse me… two killings have nothing in common… well, not till you get to the last chapter. And on top of the murders, the village is working on a play, called “Murder Has a Motive”. One busy village I tell you.

The overall story was great. The motive for the murders was very amusing, I was surprised. A great explanation at the end. I do not like books that have many characters, however, this book is an exception. Every character is fully involved in the story, and everyone has a secret that is revealed in the end. Interesting book. Will definitely recommend it to any mystery/detective lover.

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