Riverdale

Riverdale

After getting sick and confined in a clinic, I got the chance to rest and binge-watch last weekend. Although this TV series was released early this year, it was only this month that I took time to watch its full first season. After many decades of Archie comics (including the cartoons), it was refreshing to Read more about Riverdale[…]

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48 Hours – A City of London Thriller

48 Hours – A City of London Thriller by J. Jackson Bentley (2011) I’ve stumbled upon this e-book years ago on Free-eBooks.net but it was only recently that I got the chance to read it in full. Josh Hammond worked as a financial adjuster in London. One day, he received a text message from someone Read more about 48 Hours – A City of London Thriller[…]

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Banned Books Week

 This week, starting 24 September, the world celebrates Banned Books Week. It is an annual event every last week of September that celebrates the freedom to read. It brings the whole book community, librarians, booksellers, publishers, teachers, writers, and readers together in shared support of this freedom. There are books that are unorthodox, controversial, or Read more about Banned Books Week[…]

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Murder On Cue by Jane Dentinger (1983)

While shopping with my husband, I saw a sign on a book sale saying two hardbound books for Php 99.00. That’s equivalent to a little less than $2.00 USD. So I took the chance because my husband paid for it. One of the hardbound books is Murder On Cue, a 1983 novel by Jane Dentinger. Read more about Murder On Cue by Jane Dentinger (1983)[…]

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7 Ways of Suspense

Readers should keep turning the pages and will not put the book down. That’s what novelists have to create: novels that are natural page-turners that critics will rave. Writing a novel requires constant forward movement to get the readers excited to move on the next page. In order to sustain that forward movement, writers need Read more about 7 Ways of Suspense[…]

Shimmer Lake

Shimmer Lake (2017)

I found this film among the crime movies on Netflix. It is something recent and I haven’t heard of it. I suppose Shimmer Lake is an indie film written and directed by Oren Uziel. The story is a bank robbery gone wrong told backwards, one day at a time. So the narrative started on a Friday, Read more about Shimmer Lake (2017)[…]

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Carolyn Keene and the Syndicate

This website has reached another milestone. This is my 150th blog. This time, I’m featuring another Master Mind in crime fiction. I’ve mentioned this before and I’m saying it again. I started reading mysteries during my grade school days. The first mystery “author” I encountered was Carolyn Keene.   CAROLYN KEENE The name Carolyn Keene Read more about Carolyn Keene and the Syndicate[…]

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My 10 Must Have Apps

I treat my writing job as a career and business. So to stay on top of the league, I should have productivity apps in my “tool box”. But for most freelancers, one deciding factor is if it’s free. The apps I mentioned here are free and web-based. Yes, you read it right, F-R-E-E. Although most of Read more about My 10 Must Have Apps[…]

Ferdinand Marcos and the Julio Nalundasan case

The Julio Nalundasan Case

After 82 years, it’s not certain until today who really pulled the trigger that shot Assemblyman-elect Julio Nalundasan on 20 September 1935. Remember Viola Davis’ entrance on the first episode of How To Get Away With Murder? It seems that we had a bar topnotcher who really got away with it. BACKGROUND After the creation Read more about The Julio Nalundasan Case[…]

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Blood & Circumstance (2014)

As I was looking for crime movies to watch, I stumbled upon this 2014 film on iFlix. Based on a 2006 novel by Frank Turner Hollon, the movie premiered in the 2014 Fairhope Film Festival. It also received the “Best of D.C.” award at the D.C. Independent Film Festival. The story begins with Dr. Ellis Read more about Blood & Circumstance (2014)[…]