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WHYMy favorite part of reading a mystery is learning the Big Why behind the murder and cover-up. The reasons can be creative and elaborate. However, the best murder mysteries are those which act as dark metaphors for real life events and experiences.

The construction of a murder mystery always starts with motive: why the murderer killed someone.

Here’s a list of ideas for motives:

  • Anger
  • Compulsion
  • Cover-Up & Hide Criminal Activity
  • Destruction of Evidence
  • Eliminating someone blocking a real estate deal
  • Framing another
  • Getting rid of a witness
  • Greed
  • Insanity
  • Jealousy
  • Love
  • Lust
  • Obsession
  • Power & Position
  • Prevent discovery of a crime
  • Profit
  • Protecting another
  • Revenge
  • Security, protect a position
  • Temporary Insanity
  • To keep a Secret
  • Thrill & Depraved Enjoyment

Want to read more? Check out:
Writing a Murder Mystery: Motives for Murder
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Hiding Clues in a Murder Mystery
The Art of Planting Clues in a Murder Mystery

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