Virginia Close: The Murder In Desert Inn Book Launch

I was invited last Monday to attend the book launch of The Murder in Desert Inn written by Filipino author Virginia Close at the cozy Book and Border Cafe in Tomas Morato.  


Virginia was a Mass Communication graduate of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. She moved to Australia in her 20's where she started a family and explored the world. Writing has always been her passion but was placed on the backseat while she raised her children. One of her child was even amused when she found out that Virginia loves writing. Thirty years later, her dream of publishing a book came true.


Virginia's love for mystery and drama is evident in The Murder in Desert Inn. Somehow, parts and pieces of the main character Nelly reveal something about Virginia. At times I felt like I was reading about her. 

Nelly is a Filipina journalist who's fond of adventure and well-traveled. The interesting characters that were introduced in the book have played  vital roles for Nelly to find what she has been looking for -- her identity.

I don't want to give out too much and spoil the mystery. Buy the book and be prepared to spend hours reading. 

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It was surreal to meet someone face to face whose reality is my lifelong dream. Like her, I also dream of one day publishing my own book. 

One day... someday...