Number One Fan
A dream came true for Regine Sta. Maria as she debuts as a news anchor for the evening news. After the newscast, she received a bouquet of flowers and a phone call from someone who calls himself her Number One Fan. His message: make him number one or else, someone will die. The next day, she dismissed it as a mere prank. After a week, the police found her Journalism professor dead. She realized that Number One Fan proved his threat. Journalists start to die one by one and Regine had to guess who Number One Fan is. But how if her only clue was the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star?
One accident: drunk driving. One died: Kaye, the Mayor’s daughter. One case: Reckless imprudence resulting to homicide. One suspect: Paolo, Kaye’s boyfriend and his family’s black sheep. One verdict: Guilty beyond reasonable doubt. One problem: Paolo has post-retrograde amnesia. One lawyer: Atty. Rita Madrilejos, who will do her very best to prove Paulo’s innocence and win her first solo case. NOTE: Written in Filipino
Si Aling Mameng
Aling Mameng, as she was called, was the most hated neighbor in Sunshine Village, a small subdivision outside Metro Manila. So when she died of heart attack, no one came to her funeral. But when the police found out that she was poisoned, all who hated her became suspects.
Issa N. Uycoco-Bacsa
Crime Fiction Lab is a place where my stories brew and I’m your funky brewster. I used to work in a medical laboratory and could have worked in forensics. One day, a writing bug bit my right hand. It stung so deep that I have found myself concocting tales since the late ’80s. My educational background, my work experiences, and my love of writing have given me the advantage to write diverse topics in different formats. Like other lab subjects, this site contains theories and lab activities from which you can learn a thing or two about crime fiction writing. And if you're in need of someone who could write and do some research for you, feel free to contact me. Let's begin investigating.
Writes novels, novellas, short stories, screenplays, & comics manuscripts (graphic novels)
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Freelance Writers Guild of the Philippines
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True Crime Stories
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (2000, Scribner) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is Stephen King’s book after his car accident in 1999. It is basically a memoir that documents his experiences as a writer and at the same time, relays his advice for aspiring writers. In 2010, Scribner published Read more about On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft[…]
Four women were on their way to Bangkok, Thailand Sunday evening, 2 January 2017, for a vacation together with their “employer” named Jeanett Reyes. But they were intercepted by the Bureau of Immigration after they were interviewed at the airport. Why and what happened? BACKGROUND Last December 2016, another typhoon hit the Philippines damaging houses and Read more about One Act, Two Crimes[…]
Staring at a blank page is dreadful for a writer. The question, “What will I write?” is really not a problem. It’s the question “How do I start?” that matters. Most of us often underestimate the planning of things because we’re obsessed with the goal. We have the clear picture of the end product but Read more about Organize Your Writing[…]
The blog category Master Minds is a collection of mini-biographies of crime fiction authors. This time, I’ll be writing about an author I discovered by accident. Cleo Coyle is the one responsible for the success of the Coffeehouse Mysteries, an amateur sleuth mystery series published by Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin Books. Cleo Read more about Cleo Coyle[…]
I subscribed to Netflix and while looking for a crime movie, I decided to watch again the classic film Bonnie and Clyde. It is a 1967 American film that depicts the criminal life of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow portrayed by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty respectively. The film also stars Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Read more about Bonnie And Clyde[…]
Writing is a juggling act. A writer juggles his job, family, friends, recreation, and writing. Some writers grow weary of the constant juggling act and give up writing. Others like me struggle to keep going. “How do you find time to write?” has been a common question to writers or among writers. The answer depends Read more about Make The Time To Write[…]
44 years ago, on the early morning of 15 January 1973, an 8-man firing squad shot the convicted Chinese drug lord Lim Seng at Fort Bonifacio. The event marked a historical first in the country’s penal history as being the first and only public execution during Martial Law. Around 5,000 people witnessed the execution, including journalists Read more about The Public Execution of Lim Seng[…]
It’s nice to watch a TV series (or even films for that matter) that are based from the books we love. One example is Sherlock, a TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. Creators of this TV series based the story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Read more about Sherlock[…]
This was the first time in my life to experience robbery inside our home. 12 January 2017, probably around 1:30 am, I was asleep. Hours earlier, at around 10:20 pm, I informed my employer on Skype that I’ll be absent so I could rest to make up for the lack of sleep during the past few Read more about Robbery: My First Brush With Crime (As a Victim)[…]
During my screenwriting workshop days, we spent a lot of time writing down a one-sentence story pitch on the board. Then our mentor, Nestor U. Torre, would comment if the pitch will sustain a film story or not. A pitch (a.k.a. as logline or hook) is usually 25 words long that captures the essence of the Read more about The Pitch[…]
One of the advantages of having a smartphone is having an e-book reader in it. My cellphone is not even an Android phone but it looks like it and has a text reader. So I converted this e-book in text format and transferred it in my mobile phone. I felt I was also turning Read more about The Murder of Roger Ackroyd[…]
Mickey Spillane was an American crime novelist whose first novel, I, The Jury, introduced his famous character, Mike Hammer. My first encounter with Mickey Spillane was in high school. It was in 1983 when I got hold of a paperback copy of I, The Jury. Mike Hammer came in to investigate his best friend’s murder. Read more about Mickey Spillane[…]