“The devil made me do it!” won’t hold up. The killer needs a good reason to snuff out the life of another character. Secrets drive motive; motive drives lies.
Sit back, watch your favorite murder mystery. Important to the story is collecting evidence—important here is the suspects’ stories. The sleuth interviews, snoops, and investigates the murder to find one important element. The big WHY.
Motive becomes part of the backstory, the connection between the victim and killer. Other suspects secrets and lies matter too. The motive is the glue that holds together the murder mystery storyline.
Without further ado, the Master List of Motives.
Righting a wrong
Crime of Passion