Murder has a motive / Francis Duncan.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Amateur sleuth Mordecai Tremaine must solve a small-town mystery before the next victim takes their final bow"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Rehearsals for the local amateur dramatic production are in full swing, but the real tragedy is unfolding offstage. The star of the show has been found dead, and the spotlight falls on Mordecai Tremain, whose reputation in the field of crime-solving precedes him. Will he be able to derail the killer's performance, before it's curtains for another victim?
    • Notes:
      "Originally published in 1947 in the United Kingdom by John Long. This edition issued based on the paperback edition published in 2016 in the United Kingdom by Vintage Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK"--Title page verso.
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    • ABNT:
      DUNCAN, F. Murder has a motive. [s.l.] : Sourcebooks Landmark, 2018. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 14 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Duncan F. Murder Has a Motive. Sourcebooks Landmark; 2018. Accessed November 14, 2019.
    • APA:
      Duncan, F. (2018). Murder has a motive. Sourcebooks Landmark. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Duncan, Francis. 2018. Murder Has a Motive. A Mordecai Tremaine Mystery. Sourcebooks Landmark.
    • Harvard:
      Duncan, F. (2018) Murder has a motive. Sourcebooks Landmark (A Mordecai Tremaine mystery). Available at: (Accessed: 14 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Duncan, F 2018, Murder has a motive, A Mordecai Tremaine mystery, Sourcebooks Landmark, viewed 14 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Duncan, Francis. Murder Has a Motive. Sourcebooks Landmark, 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Duncan, Francis. Murder Has a Motive. A Mordecai Tremaine Mystery. Sourcebooks Landmark, 2018.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Duncan F. Murder has a motive [Internet]. Sourcebooks Landmark; 2018 [cited 2019 Nov 14]. (A Mordecai Tremaine mystery). Available from:


PW Reviews 2017 November #3

Originally published in the U.K. in 1947, the first mystery William Underhill wrote under the Duncan pseudonym introduces amateur sleuth Mordecai Tremaine, an unassuming retired tobacconist. When Tremaine arrives in Dalmering to visit his friends Paul and Jean Russell, they share the sad news that their friend Lydia Dare was stabbed to death the night before and ask him to find her killer. Lydia had been walking home after dining with Martin Vaughan, a man admittedly in love with her despite her engagement to another, and who was slated to portray a murderer in a local theatrical production of a play, Murder Has a Motive, which Lydia was stage-managing. Earlier that evening, she had shared her fear that the outwardly beautiful community concealed "something rotten." Tremaine's closest friend at Scotland Yard, Jonathan Boyce, arrives on the scene in time to assist. The self-effacing Tremaine is a plausibly astute detective who diligently works through Dalmering's secrets. Fans of classic fair-play whodunits set in small English villages will find this just their cup of tea. (Jan.)

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