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Classified [A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs] by Georgette S. Gonzalez
Danilo Halili was not an investigative journalist. He was simply a photographer who accompanied the news publication’s events reporter to cover the province-wide festivities. But his curiosity was piqued when he overheard something he was not supposed to hear… and we all know what they say about curiosity killing the cat.
Ramon Tanchangco had no doubt in his mind and in his gut that the victim of the gruesome murder in Quezon was his brother Danilo who had been unable to get back to Manila from his assignment. Angered and aggrieved, all he wanted was to find out who the killers were and why Danilo died the way he did.
He had a vague inkling that there was more to the crime than met the eye and he was ready to expose what that conspiracy could be. If only the French nun would refrain from detaining him at the Couvent du Sacré-Coeur with her hospitality.
Classified is the prologue to a 4-book series titled Les Dames des Fleurs chronicling the story of four military-trained women and their black ops team of dedicated individuals who fight for justice for the common Filipino.
Come with Me by Michael Recto
My name is Moira. I just turned 10. And I also want to turn 11, 12, and 13 too if I can. I couldn’t wish for anything more. I don’t want to meet Nanay yet. She already left us. It made Tatay and me lonely. I don’t want him to be lonely anymore. I don’t want to leave him yet. It makes him sad that I am always in pain. I don’t want him to be sad anymore. I don’t want to cry anymore. Tito Ador and Tita Mena also love me. I don’t want them to be afraid anymore whenever my chest hurts and I vomit blood. They all want to help me get well. I want to help them too so that I can get well. They help me convince my friends to come with me so that I can live. They are such nice friends. They give me their organs so that I don’t have to be sick anymore. My friends are the best.
It’s ok my friends. You can go on ahead to Heaven. Say hi to Nanay for me when you see her.
Can you help me?
I’m not a bad person. I just want to live.
Come with me.
Till Death Do Us Part by Irene Recio
They say it takes a lifetime to really really know somebody….
Everything in Nikki’s life is picture perfect: her photography has taken off and is now a thriving business, she is reconnecting with old friends, and her husband is nothing but devoted. What more can she ask for? Life is good.
That is, until she discovers a shocking truth, putting her and her family in danger.
Bayawak’s Trail by Justine Camacho-Tajonera
Marian Malabanan is an anthropology graduate student who just wants to study Manuvu folklore when she becomes embroiled in a murder, or what she considers an assassination, and with the Manuvus’ struggle with a paramilitary group in the hinterlands of Bislig, Surigao del Sur. Far away from friends and family, she can only rely on two people: Nanette Mamaril, her host and a local congresswoman; and the mysterious Gregoire Durant, a photographer and fellow anthropologist, who helps her navigate the dangerous minefield of Lumad ancestral lands and who advises her to keep quiet. Far away from friends and family, she can only rely on a few people: her host, a local congresswoman Nanette Mamaril;, and the mysterious Gregoire Durant, a photographer and fellow anthropologist, who helps her navigate the dangerous minefield of Lumad ancestral lands and who advisesing her to keep quiet. Can Marian figure out who was really behind the murder and would she live to tell her story? Or will her headstrong nature get her buried alongside the murder victims?
Soul Makers: A Golden City Mystery by J. Guibone
Set in the urban streets of Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines:
Sabrina told Bart not to do it, but he had. Now Bart is missing. And there’s a corpse in his apartment. Sabrina has no other choice but to solve all the clues he left behind, without getting arrested for trespassing, while keeping her OCD under control.
Newly minted NBI Special Investigator Lyla Dixon doesn’t expect to meet her old flame, now private investigator, Hans Blanco at the crime scene. But when the crime reveals more questions than answers, they both have to put aside old hurts and work with someone they’re not even sure they should trust, the enigmatic Sabrina Eugenio, if they’re to have a shot at finding a killer they never thought they’d ever encounter.
High Stakes by Chris Nava
Growing up to be the son of a celebrated jeweller, Jose Aguirre and his sister were used to the frivolities of the high society. But, when their mother passed away and their dad on his death bed, Jose can no longer afford the once affluent lifestyle—-more of gambling—-that he once led.
Getting out on bail for an estafa case, Jose ends up beaten black and blue by Mauricio Po, a shipping magnate and crime lord, reminding him of the millions that Jose owes him.
With an impending deadline from Mauricio, Jose tries to ask for help. He sought out his sister Patricia, his mother’s most trusted assistant Cely Cruz, and most importantly his boyhood friend and Mauricio’s son, Ramon. Can Jose raise enough money and find life’s solutions before it is too late?