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I Wonder Why*

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

Most people don’t take a life without a reason. So, an important part of a murder investigation is finding out the motive for the killing. That’s why a lack of motive (or apparent lack of motive) can stall an investigation. It’s hard to accuse someone of a crime such as murder if that person has no motive for taking such a drastic step.

Lack of apparent motive is the reason that a lot of fictional investigations don’t move forward quickly, and that can add an interesting layer to the plot. I’m not talking here of cases such as serial killers, where the motive is rooted in some sort of pathology. Rather, I’m talking of cases where there simply seems to be no motive.

For example, in Agatha Christie’s Three Act Tragedy (AKA Murder in Three Acts), Hercule Poirot attends a cocktail party at the home of famous actor Sir…

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

2 comments on “I Wonder Why*

  1. Thank you very much for the re-post 🙂

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