Murder Has a Motive

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  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • Murder Has a Motive
  • Francis Duncan
  • English
  • 05 January 2019
  • 1432854801

About the Author: Francis Duncan

Francis Duncan is the pseudonym for William Walter Frank Underhill, who was born in 1914 He lived virtually all his life in Bristol and was a scholarship boy boarder at Queen Elizabeth s Hospital school Due to family circumstances he was unable to go to university and started work in the Housing Department of Bristol City Council Writing was always important to him and very early on he published articles in newspapers and magazines His first detective story was published in 1936 In 1938 he married Sylvia Henly Although a conscientious objector, he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in World War II, landing in France shortly after D Day After the war he trained as a teacher and spent the rest of his life in education, first as a primary school teacher and then as a lecturer in a college of further education In the 1950s he studied for an external economics degree from London University No mean feat with a family to support his daughter, Kathryn, was born in 1943 and his son, Derek, in 1949 Throughout much of this time he continued to write detective fiction from sheer inner necessity , but also to supplement a modest income He enjoyed foreign travel, particularly to France, and took up golf on retirement He died of a heart attack shortly after celebrating his fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1988.List of published short stories Enter Trigger Gallante Trigger Gallante , na Detective Weekly Oct 23 1937 Getting On in the World Back Yard Floriculturists, ar The Saturday Evening Post Apr 5 1930 The Girl with the Million Pound Secret Trigger Gallante , na Detective Weekly Jan 15 1938 The House of the Lost Men, na Detective Weekly Jan 9 1937 Househunting for Luck, ss Gloucester Journal Feb 8 1936 The Man Who Shrugged Trigger Gallante , ss Detective Weekly Feb 19 1938 The Mystery of the House Nobody Owned Trigger Gallante , ss Detective Weekly Jan 29 1938 The Riddle of the Cheshire Cheese Trigger Gallante , ss Detective Weekly Feb 26 1938 The Secret of the Tramp Ship Trigger Gallante , ss Detective Weekly Feb 12 1938


Murder Has a MotiveA Classic Golden Age Mystery Perfect For Fans Of Agatha Christie S Hercule PoirotWhen Mordecai Tremaine Emerges From The Train Station In The Village Of Dalmering, Murder Is The Last Thing On His Mind But He Has Never Been Able To Resist Anything In The Way Of A Mystery And A Mystery Is Precisely What Awaits Him In The Small Hamlet.Rehearsals For The Local Amateur Dramatic Production Are In Full Swing, But As Mordecai Discovers Too Soon, The Real Tragedy Is Unfolding Offstage The Star Of The Show Has Been Found Dead, And The Spotlight Falls On Mordecai, Whose Reputation In The Field Of Crime Solving Precedes Him.With A Murderer Waiting In The Wings, It S Up To Mordecai To Derail The Killer S Performancebefore It S Curtains For Another Victim.

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10 thoughts on “Murder Has a Motive

  1. Susan says:

    Although listed as the first in the Mordecai Treymaine series, it is difficult to know whether this is, in fact, the case When we first meet Mordecai Treymaine in this mystery, it is clear that he has been involved in other murder cases For those of us who enjoy Golden Age mysteries, this is a wonderful time, with so many authors being re published Francis Duncan, the pseudonym for William Underhill, was born in 1918 and his first detective story was published in 1938 This novel was first pu Although listed as the first in the Mordecai Treymaine series, it is difficult to know whether this is, in fact, the case When we first meet Mordecai Treymaine in this mystery, it is clear that he has been involved in other murder cases For those of us who enjoy Golden Age mysteries, this is a wonderful time, with so many authors being re published Francis Duncan, the pseudonym for William Underhill, was born in 1918 and his first detective story was published in 1938 This novel was first published in 1947 and, as one of my reading groups has chosen, Murder for Christmas, published in 1949 and, as I dislike reading a series out of order, I thought I would read this first I am certainly not complaining about the fact so many long unpublished novels are appearing, though and it is a joy to discover so many out of print authors Mordecai Treymaine, we learn, is a retired tobacconist, who has hobby as his murder He is on his way to visit friends in the village of Dalmering local doctor Paul Russell and his wife, Jean However, on his arrival, he discovers that there has a been a young murder A young woman, who was due to appear in a play that the amateur dramatic society were about to put on, Murder has a Motive Treymaine s friends ask him to help find the killer, and, when he discovers that another friend, Chief Inspector John Boyce, is in charge of the investigation, he is keen to oblige.I like the village setting and the various suspects among the group linked to the play There are various secrets harboured and an unsettling feeling of evil over hanging the idyllic rural community This is a good read, which has a good sense of place and time I now look forward to reading on in the series and discoveringnovels featuring Mordecai Treymaine

  2. Yun says:

    Murder Has a Motive is a quintessential old fashioned English murder mystery featuring amateur detective Mordecai Tremaine The plot of this book progresses steadily, with answers being revealed that adds evenquestions, until it all comes together at the very end Even though I could guess whodunnit and their motives about halfway through, it was still fun to read to the end and see all clues I had missed The pacing of this book is slower than others I ve read in the same genre, such as A Murder Has a Motive is a quintessential old fashioned English murder mystery featuring amateur detective Mordecai Tremaine The plot of this book progresses steadily, with answers being revealed that adds evenquestions, until it all comes together at the very end Even though I could guess whodunnit and their motives about halfway through, it was still fun to read to the end and see all clues I had missed The pacing of this book is slower than others I ve read in the same genre, such as Agatha Christie s, which adds to the cozy makes me want to snuggle up with a blanket and a hot cup of tea feeling I look forward to readingbooks from this series

  3. Damaskcat says:

    Mordecai Tremaine is staying with an old friend in the village of Dalmering He is in the right place at the right time to investigate a murder The local amateur dramatic society is involved in the rehearsals for a play about murder but the star of the play has been murdered Mordecai s friend Chief Inspector John Boyce from Scotland Yard is on the scene to investigate the crime but he isthan willing to accept Mordecai s help.This book was first published in the 1940s but has stood the te Mordecai Tremaine is staying with an old friend in the village of Dalmering He is in the right place at the right time to investigate a murder The local amateur dramatic society is involved in the rehearsals for a play about murder but the star of the play has been murdered Mordecai s friend Chief Inspector John Boyce from Scotland Yard is on the scene to investigate the crime but he isthan willing to accept Mordecai s help.This book was first published in the 1940s but has stood the test of time very well in my opinion The characters are well drawn and Mordecai himself is a marvellous person who gradually collects small snippets of information to build up the whole picture However he isn t quick enough to prevent further murders.This is a well plotted mystery with a closed group of suspects in the best traditions of classic detective fiction I recommend it to anyone who likes classic detective fiction

  4. Kris - My Novelesque Life says:

    RATING 4 STARS I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY Review Not on Blog This is a reissue from the 1940s and it is a novel is written like it s peers, Agatha Christie Poirot and Patricia Wentworth Miss Silver Mordecai Tremaine is a fun character and the mysteries are fun I am definitely in for the rest of the series I hope that they all get reissued or are easy to find.

  5. Kelsi says:

    This book reminded me a lot of Agatha Christie Tremaine is very similar to Poirot, super British, traditional, and an amateur sleuth The plot with three different murders and the backdrop of the play, and of course the fantastic reveal at the very end, was fantastic I really enjoyed listening to the audio version, the narrator did a really good job of conveying this quaint British village.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I devoured this book in one sitting I enjoyed the main characters and their quirks and foibles as well as the characters around which this story is set The author did an excellent job, in my humble opinion, with the atmosphere and ambience of an English village There are clues and red herrings aplenty along with twists and turns I realized that this book is not a true cozy in that there is quite a bit of the psychological thriller aspect, and although I shun those types of books like the pla I devoured this book in one sitting I enjoyed the main characters and their quirks and foibles as well as the characters around which this story is set The author did an excellent job, in my humble opinion, with the atmosphere and ambience of an English village There are clues and red herrings aplenty along with twists and turns I realized that this book is not a true cozy in that there is quite a bit of the psychological thriller aspect, and although I shun those types of books like the plague, this one was enough of a cozy to be able to hold my attention for the duration So hang on dear readers, because Mordecai Tremaine is in the house, profiling everyone and every situation, and he has a Criminal Mind I highly recommend this book

  7. Emily M says:

    Definitely a B level Golden Age Detective writer There was too much description of characters slight sensuous mouths or clear eyes, but the cast of characters was broad enough that a lot of the minor characters ran together I wasn t captivated by Mr Tremaine, and I hate it when the detective bluffs the murderer into confessing without having any proof The motive was okay, but the story dragged seriously, I had to force myself to finish Lacks the spark of Christie, Sayers, or Allingham.

  8. Peter Ackerman says:

    Murder Has a Motive is the second in the now rediscovered Mordecai Tremaine detective series As in the previous book though I do not believe this series is being republished in order Murder for Christmas, the reader finds the amature detective and retired tobacconist, and friend of a Scotland Yard detective embroiled in yet another mystery This one has the detective coming to a small village to stay with friends, some of whom are performig in a community play the same title as the novel W Murder Has a Motive is the second in the now rediscovered Mordecai Tremaine detective series As in the previous book though I do not believe this series is being republished in order Murder for Christmas, the reader finds the amature detective and retired tobacconist, and friend of a Scotland Yard detective embroiled in yet another mystery This one has the detective coming to a small village to stay with friends, some of whom are performig in a community play the same title as the novel When participants in the show die under circumstances that resemble elements of the play Mordecai joins with the detective, an investigative reporter andto help solve the ever occurring mysteries that pile up as the novel progresses The conclusion is classic mystery satisfactory as all suspects are gathered around a table while the detective solves the crimes As I said at the beginning, I love this series and detective thus far and hope forIf you like the classic Agatha Christie type mystery though not a cozy than this book is for you

  9. Eric says:

    Mordecai Euripides Tremaine, retired tobacconist and murder magnet, arrives for a holiday in the English village of Dalmering He is immediately plunged into a murder investigation as a leading lady in the amateur dramatic group s production of Murder Has a Motive has just been found dead.There is an atmosphere of mistrust and evil about, and, soon, real events are shown to mirror those in the play as twovillagers are murdered.Francis Duncan is good at conveying atmosphere and the openin Mordecai Euripides Tremaine, retired tobacconist and murder magnet, arrives for a holiday in the English village of Dalmering He is immediately plunged into a murder investigation as a leading lady in the amateur dramatic group s production of Murder Has a Motive has just been found dead.There is an atmosphere of mistrust and evil about, and, soon, real events are shown to mirror those in the play as twovillagers are murdered.Francis Duncan is good at conveying atmosphere and the opening of the book is striking However I guessed the murderer and motive very early on within the first three chapters and so for me it was largely a case of watching out for clues about that person and wondering who else might be killed.The relationship between Tremaine and Inspector Boyce of Scotland Yard is neatly portrayed and there are lots of convincing red herrings The main characters come across vividly.Although this was first published in 1947, it has a pre WW2 feel, and I detected no hints of post war austerity.Again, there are many elements of classic British Golden Age detective novels a timeless English village, beautiful women and handsome men, a few hints of mysterious pasts and secrets undisclosed, the gifted amateur beating the professional detectives, a little romance and some passion.Although I liked this less than Murder For Christmas , I still found it a most enjoyable read.3.5 stars.Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for the ARC

  10. Suzanne says:

    I can t agree with the reviewers who compare Duncan with Christie Other than being cozies set in the same time period, there s very little similarity His characters are flat and two dimensional and there are far too many of them They all speak with the same voice, his detective included Christie populated her works with eccentric characters who were readily identifiable from their speech Duncan is forced to use Character said every time anyone speaks, or we would have no idea who wa I can t agree with the reviewers who compare Duncan with Christie Other than being cozies set in the same time period, there s very little similarity His characters are flat and two dimensional and there are far too many of them They all speak with the same voice, his detective included Christie populated her works with eccentric characters who were readily identifiable from their speech Duncan is forced to use Character said every time anyone speaks, or we would have no idea who was speaking He d have done better to have had fewer characters withidentifiable characteristics His writing style is also flat and somewhat amateurish He tells, rather than shows, as they say, which is just another way of saying his characters are flat and speak with the same voice There is a lot of exposition and far too much extraneous description that simply slows down the plot and these kinds of work are all about plot The crimes are far too complex, and the resolution drags out as Tremaine neatly ties up each and every lose end Christie usually dealt with many of these earlier, in anatural way, and, of course, afterward, as Hasting quizzed Poirot about why his theory was wrong There are certainly worse books out there, and I might have enjoyed theseif I had not been led to believe that they were something they are not