A ‘mystery with a hint of history’ in Sleepy Hollow Country


Killer Motifs: A Hudson Valley Mystery by historian Bonnie Traymore

What if you found out your husband is cheating on you? What if her lover was dead?

In this contemporary page-turner set in the historic Hudson River Valley, Victoria Mancusio sets out to uncover the truth after discovering that her husband’s painful indiscretion lands her unwittingly at a crime scene. Meanwhile, with no shortage of suspects with “murderous motives,” Detectives Jack Stark and Lexi Sanchez are under pressure to solve the high-profile murder case rocking the quaint village of Tarryville just as the city prepares for the annual Halloween festivities and an influx of tourists. The novel weaves together the region’s history and folklore while addressing issues of class, gender, and relational dynamics.

Read an excerpt from Killer Motives:

“She picked up the mug she had left on the counter, watching the sunbeams glisten over the Hudson, her thoughts suspended in the timeless currents of the flowing river. Everything was starting to hit her now, what a disaster it was. The photos that were supposed to free her from the wedding were now a liability, potentially putting her at a crime scene. What are detectives looking for? Means, motivation and opportunity? She had two out of three so far. Should she be worried? And what about Nick? He was acting strange last night, and she had attributed it to a bad conscience. The case, she supposed. But could it have been more? She knew Nick wasn’t overtly violent, but anyone could commit murder under the right circumstances. What if the woman had become arrogant? Requiring? Threatening? How far would Nick go to protect what was his? She needed time to think, to consult a lawyer. But she didn’t have the luxury of time.

About the Author

Bonnie Traymore is an accomplished historian, educator, and non-fiction writer with a doctorate in United States history. She has taught at top independent schools in Honolulu, Silicon Valley, and New York for more than 20 years, and she has taught history classes at Columbia University and the University of Hawaii. Originally from the New York area, she resides in Honolulu with her husband but frequents the Hudson Valley region. Murderous motives is his first novel.


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