A feisty Vancouver homicide detective tracks down the most cunning of killers by trying to figure out the motive to the crime.


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Series cast summary:
 Detective Angie Flynn / ... (52 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Detective Oscar Vega / ... (52 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Detective Brian Lucas / ... (52 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Dr. Betty Rogers (52 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Sergeant Mark Cross (27 episodes, 2014-2016)


A Vancouver based murder has just occurred and been discovered. At the beginning of each episode, not only is the victim(s) identified to the viewer, but also the killer(s). The disparate group of Vancouver Homicide detectives, with help from the Coroner's office, have to wade through the evidence which will lead them through the more often than not less than straightforward path to discovering the killer(s) and his/her/their motive. That motive often is not fully understood by the detectives until they catch the killer(s). One of those detectives, quick witted and acerbic tongued Angie Flynn, often has the competing priority of raising her son, Manny, as a single mother. Written by Huggo

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The MURDER is just the beginning. See more »



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23 May 2013 (USA)  »

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Мотив  »

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16:9 HD
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Despite the busy case load of the homicide division in Motive, there were a total of 15 homicides in Vancouver in 2015, only 7 in 2014 See more »


Followed by The Dark Corner (2013) See more »

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Overly made-up actresses detract from realism of show
31 May 2014 | by (San Antonio, TX) – See all my reviews

I love this genre and look forward to new episodes. I have to admit the overly made-up actresses, including Kristen Lehman, make the show less believable. Kristen Lehman has thick false eyelashes, heavy eye shadow, thick matte red lipstick on every episode looking like she is going out to a club rather than a hard working police detective with a teen-age son. Very distracting and unbelievable! I noticed the same trend, though, on female guest starts who are playing grief stricken wives or killers trying not to get caught. The make-up does not fit the role. Who would take the time for this on a daily basis in real life? Let's put more realism in to a show that has great potential.

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