Size: 6 x 9
Pub Date: 4/2000
Motives for Murder
When Lucy enters the classroom of the widely popular Martin Metzger, a charismatic lecturer in the English department at the University of California, Berkeley, in the late 1970s, the course of her life is forever changed. She falls in love with Martin at first sight, opening herself to his world of gurus, experimentation with mind-altering drugs, exploration of the sources of creativity, and adventurous trips to Baja California and Wyoming. She also becomes the mother of three of Martin's children and the emotional linchpin of his life.
So, when one of Martin's enemies kills Martin and manages to cleverly frame Lucy for the murder, Lucy sets out to solve the crime. And when Lucy finds she must pay the price for her freedom, the life she built with Martin, and how her life has changed, it's not the price she had expected to pay.
"I told you at the beginning that this isn't a book about murder, but, of course, in a way it has to be as long as I am accused of killing Martin, threatened, and haven't figured out who did it. Ordinary day to day activities are usually quite dull in the telling.
"I can't go around like a private investigator, but in the next several days at the memorial service or the wake I'll see every single person who had an opportunity to inject the fatal dose of cyanide. I can consider each one. Let's admit it. Quite a few had Motives for Murder.
"Impossible to consider any friend or acquaintance a murderer, but then it appears that other people haven't returned the compliment. They blatantly accuse me or at least suspect that I killed him."
Bio: PAT GEBHARD is a retired librarian living in Southern California. Motives for Murder is her first book with Creative Arts.