Agatha Christie's Dumb Witness

Dumb Witness

Dumb Witness (1937, Agatha Christie) This is one of those books that have been collecting dust on my bookshelf and I just finished reading it over the weekend. Years ago, I’ve read in The Strand magazine that this was first published as a short story but eventually became the novel we are all familiar of. Read more about Dumb Witness[…]

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Number One Fan (book trailer)

I’m not a multimedia artist but I do tinker a lot. This time, I tried creating a video on Stupeflix and here’s what I produced: Most book trailers I’ve seen are less than 1 minute and 30 seconds long. Mine was only a 30-seconder. Let me know your thoughts. Again, there’s always a first time Read more about Number One Fan (book trailer)[…]

And Then There Were None (2015 miniseries)

And Then There Were None (miniseries)

I’ve read the novel before and I just finished watching the miniseries on iFlix. And Then There Were None is a 2015 BBC One miniseries based on the original 1939 novel. The opening credits show jade abstract figurines of ten soldiers crashing one by one until what was left was the figure of a house. Read more about And Then There Were None (miniseries)[…]

All I Remember

DISCLAIMER: This is a work of FICTION IN PROGRESS.   I remembered holding a glass. I felt I had drunk its content because I felt my thirst was quenched. I remembered being refreshed after drinking something so cool. I couldn’t remember what I drank, though. Was it water? Was it wine? I looked around and Read more about All I Remember[…]

Book cover of The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

The Surgeon

THE SURGEON by Tess Gerritsen, 2001, Ballantine Books I came to discover author Tess Gerritsen when I read The Sinner a few years ago and instantly I became a fan of her characters Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. However, this book has Rizzoli but no Isles but it still has the same kind of Gerritsen Read more about The Surgeon[…]

Book cover of On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

On What Grounds

On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (2003, The Berkeley Publishing Group) I started to like Cleo Coyle a few years back when I first read “Through the Grinder“, the second book in her Coffeehouse Mystery series. Aside from the mystery story, lessons about coffee and a few tips and recipes are found in the book. Read more about On What Grounds[…]

Cover of Number One Fan by Issa Bacsa

Deleted Prologue

While writing my novel Number One Fan during NaNoWriMo last November 2012, I wrote a prologue to start my story. I thought it would be a good idea to explain a certain backstory of the main character at that time. There are some novels that used this technique and it worked for them in the Read more about Deleted Prologue[…]

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The Reasons Why I Write Crime

I started seriously reading books when I was 9 when I got interested borrowing books from our school library. There was something in the word “mystery” in “Nancy Drew in The Spider Sapphire Mystery” that made me borrow it. Since then I was hooked with the series, always looking for those Grosset & Dunlap hardbound Read more about The Reasons Why I Write Crime[…]

Cover of Number One Fan by Issa Bacsa

Number One Fan

In 2002, I planned to write a trilogy about three newscasters, each having a story to tell. Inspired by The Bestseller by Lila Ramsey and The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie, I challenged myself to write a mystery-thriller using the nursery rhyme Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star as a clue. It is about a newscaster who Read more about Number One Fan[…]

Book cover of Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon

Doctored Evidence

DOCTORED EVIDENCE by Donna Leon (2004) I have bought this book years ago and it stayed on my bookshelf gathering dust. Since I resolved to read more frequently this year, I grabbed this book and read. It is about a murder of an old woman living alone in Venice. Her only son died five years ago and Read more about Doctored Evidence[…]

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star proposed book cover 2012

What If It Was Written In Filipino?

Back in 2012, a few months before I resigned from TeleTech, I posted on Facebook and sent an email to some friends an excerpt from two chapters of my novel, Number One Fan. It was still titled Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (a suspense novel) back then. Let me share with you the original excerpt written in Filipino: Read more about What If It Was Written In Filipino?[…]

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