The Detective Emilia Cruz Starter Library includes:

  1. The Beast, prequel to the mystery series
  2. The Angler, based on a true crime
  3. The first chapter of 3 Emilia Cruz novels

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Her opponent’s flailing hand connected with the bridge of her nose and Emilia Cruz Encinos heard the snap before she felt the pain.

Her eyes watered and her muscles screamed as she twisted far enough to protect her face by pushing it into the mat.

Montez was at least 20 kilos heavier than Emilia but he carried too much of it in his middle. She knew he was tired and desperate. They’d each had four fights that day, slowly eliminating the other competitors. It was simple hand-to-hand fighting with few rules except to make the opponent tap the mat in surrender. Montez had opened the fight by trying to pull off her shirt, as had another male competitor earlier in the day. Both had been defeated by a combination of rubbery fabric, her heavy sports bra, and Emilia’s fist.

I’m a beast. A beast. The words circled inside her head. The voice of the referee and the shouts of the other cops in the gymnasium merged into an indistinguishable background roar . . .


The Detective Emilia Cruz Series

Emilia Cruz is the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, where the crime rate is up, the mojitos are cold, and the heat is on

The story is full of non-stop action and suspense, but what really got to me in this book is the wide range of strong emotions I’ve felt with reading it. Carmen Amato knows how to bring Acapulco to life . . . Emilia is definitely a character that is close to my heart.

From the moment I started the first one, I couldn’t put it down and it wasn’t until right towards the end that I started to suspect the killer. Her work touches on important issues affecting Mexico in a real, human way and is exciting, fast paced and utterly gripping.

Consistently exciting . . . A clever Mexican detective tale that will leave readers eager for the series’ next installment.

Kirkus Reviews

The Hidden Light of Mexico City

A Cinderella story, Mexico style

As presidential elections near, attorney Eddo Cortez Castillo uncovers a political double-cross fueled by drug money and Mexico’s own Minister of Public Security.

Housemaid Luz de Maria Alba Mora dreams of becoming an artist, but only if she can escape Mexico’s rigid social system.

Amato combines marvelous detail about life in Mexico City with a poignant love story between the most unlikeliest of individuals, all of which is woven seamlessly into an enthralling political drama.

Literary Fiction Review


A little something from me and 35 of my closest friends

There’s more mystery ahead


Awakening Macbeth, a romantic thriller with a paranormal twist


Girl Meets Paris, a memoir in letters


43 Missing: A Detective Emilia Cruz novel


Pacific Reaper: A Detective Emilia Cruz novel


Long live the KING!

KING PESO, the 4th Detective Emilia Cruz novel, is available now

Acapulco is rocked by the execution-style murders of three law enforcement officers in as many weeks. When her partner’s wife is murdered, Emilia believes that he was the intended target.

Emilia was the only cop to work with all three El Trio victims.

Her partner would have been the fourth.

Could she be next?

Every move is a gamble as Emilia investigates. Every new clue she discovers turns the tables on the one before.


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© 2016 Carmen Amato.


I'm author Carmen Amato. I write romantic thrillers and the Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series set in Acapulco. Expect risk, power, corruption. And relationships with heat.  More

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