Mordecai Tremaine

9 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 176 ratings

Murder Has a Motive Publisher's Summary

Amateur sleuth Mordecai Tremaine is back in another classic mystery from the author of Murder for Christmas.

When Mordecai Tremaine emerges from the train station, murder is the last thing on his mind. But then again, he has never been able to resist anything in the nature of a mystery - and a mystery is precisely what awaits him in the village of Dalmering.

Rehearsals for the local amateur dramatic production are in full swing - but as Mordecai discovers all too soon, the real tragedy is unfolding offstage. The star of the show has been found dead, and the spotlight is soon 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 performance...before it's curtains for another victim.

©2016 Francis Duncan (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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  • Book 1

    • Murder Has a Motive

    • By: Francis Duncan
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Amateur sleuth Mordecai Tremaine is back in another classic mystery from the author of Murder for Christmas. When Mordecai Tremaine emerges from the train station, murder is the last thing on his mind. But then again, he has never been able to resist anything in the nature of a mystery - and a mystery is precisely what awaits him in the village of Dalmering.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Old fashioned Brit mystery is fun, but florid.

    • By Jan H. Wolfe on 09-24-16

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Murder Has a Motive

    • By: Francis Duncan
    • Narrated by: John Curless
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    When Mordecai Tremaine emerges from the train station, murder is the last thing on his mind. But he has never been able to resist anything in the nature of a mystery - and a mystery is precisely what awaits him in the village of Dalmering. Rehearsals for the local amateur dramatic production are in progress. When the star of the show is found dead, the spotlight falls on Mordecai, whose reputation in the field of crime-solving precedes him.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Oh dear....not what I’d hoped for

    • By Kathi on 02-05-18

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 2

    • Murder for Christmas

    • By: Francis Duncan
    • Narrated by: John Curless
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 74

    Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame. Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow - but so too are tensions amongst the assortment of guests. Midnight strikes and the party-goers discover that it's not just presents nestling under the tree...there's a dead body, too. A dead body that bears a striking resemblance to Father Christmas.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • More Please

    • By Marie on 10-31-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Murder for Christmas

    • By: Francis Duncan
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    A classic mystery for the festive season: mulled wine, mince pies...and murder. Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome, at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame. Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow - but so, too, are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.

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  • Book 3

    • So Pretty a Problem

    • By: Francis Duncan
    • Narrated by: John Curless
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Adrian Carthallow, enfant terrible of the art world, is no stranger to controversy. But this time it's not his paintings that have provoked a blaze of publicity - it's the fact that his career has been suddenly terminated by a bullet to the head. Not only that, but his wife has confessed to firing the fatal shot. Inspector Penross of the town constabulary is, however, less than convinced by Helen Carthallow's story - but has no other explanation for the incident that occurred when the couple were alone in their clifftop house. Enter amateur criminologist Mordecai Tremaine....

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    • So Pretty a Problem

    • By: Francis Duncan
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Amateur sleuth Mordecai Tremaine is back in another classic mystery from the author of Murder for Christmas. Adrian Carthallow, enfant terrible of the art world, is no stranger to controversy. But this time it's not his paintings that have provoked a blaze of publicity - it's the fact that his career has been suddenly terminated by a bullet to the head. Not only that, but his wife has confessed to firing the fatal shot.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The narrator is the only saving grace.

    • By Melkorka on 01-11-17

    Regular price: $20.65

  • Book 4

    • In at the Death

    • By: Francis Duncan
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
    • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Amateur sleuth Mordecai Tremaine is back in another classic mystery from the author of Murder for Christmas. Mordecai Tremaine and Chief Inspector Jonathan Boyce are never pleased to have a promising game of chess interrupted - though when murder is the disrupting force, they are persuaded to make an exception. A quick stop at Scotland Yard to collect any detective's most trusted piece of equipment - the murder bag - the pair are spirited away to Bridgton.

    Regular price: $20.65

    • In at the Death

    • Mordecai Tremaine Mystery
    • By: Francis Duncan
    • Narrated by: John Curless
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Mordecai Tremaine and Chief Inspector Jonathan Boyce are never pleased to have a promising game of chess interrupted - though when murder is the disrupting force, they are persuaded to make an exception. A quick stop at Scotland Yard to collect any detective's most trusted piece of equipment - the murder bag - the pair are spirited away to Bridgton. No sooner have they arrived than it becomes clear that the city harbors more than its fair share of passions and motives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By Ms Peach on 10-04-18

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 5

    • Behold a Fair Woman

    • By: Francis Duncan
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Amateur sleuth Mordecai Tremaine is back in another classic mystery from the author of Murder for Christmas. Mordecai Tremaine's hobby of choice - crime detection - has left him in need of a holiday. A break away from that gruesome business of murder will be just the ticket, and the picturesque island of Moulin d'Or seems to be just the destination. Amid the sunshine and the sea air, Mordecai falls in with a band of fellow holidaymakers and tries to forget that such a thing as foul play exists.

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