Inspired by true-life events, this mystery delivers a vivid story that draws you in and won't let go.

 

Authored by a mother-daughter team, under pen name J.L. Bass, No Motive in Murdoch is a fiction novel set in the South. Delivering a mix of mystery, humor, and romance, the novel explores the universal ideas of overcoming tragedy, moving through grief, and forgiving the past.  

 
 

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As you journey to Murdoch with Julia, you’ll meet characters every Southern person knows all too well—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
— Brittney
 

About No Motive in Murdoch

Sometimes the only way to return to life is to face death.

 
 

Acclaimed New York writer Julia Jarvis is no stranger to crafting stories that leave readers, and publishers, wanting more. But after a sudden rise to the limelight with her bestselling novel Steelhouse, Julia just as quickly finds herself in the middle of a mid-life crisis. Her career and six-year relationship are on the rocks—not to mention being haunted by the gut-wrenching tragedies from a past she’s desperately tried to forget. 

At the urging of her publisher, however, Julia returns to the sleepy, one red-light town of Murdoch, Mississippi after twenty years. It was in Murdoch, the hometown of her late husband, Seth Dixon, where she got her start as a newspaper reporter. In a shocking twist of events, Julia found herself as a young reporter covering the still-unsolved murder of high school student, Allison Mercer—and just months later,  the murder of Betty Ann Stark, wife of Murdoch’s prominent mayor. But it’s been the mysterious death of her husband Seth that’s haunted Julia the most. 

Now Julia wonders if she can piece together what really happened in Murdoch decades ago to write her next book—and save her own life. 


 
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