As police procedurals went, this one was unique: the killer and victim were both identified in the opening act. As the show's name tells, the motive for the crime is what played out over the next hour. The police investigation moved forward, while the relationship and circumstances of the killer and victim were shown in flashbacks.
The show was a great vehicle for it;s stars as well: Kristin Lehman, a ubiquitous presence on Canadian TV, brought charm, wit and pathos to the "gutsy, rebellious single-mom cop" trope. Louis Ferreira, long an actor known for playing heavies and psychotics, was "criminally" understated as Kristin's partner. And American ex-pat actress Lauren Holly, who's career was waning, shined as quirky, sexy Dr. Betty Rogers.
Sadly, only the ION channel is currently airing made-in-Canada TV series (all in reruns and not always a good thing, but I digress) and they don't appear to have the financial power to support producing another season or two of Motive.