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I'm Carmen Amato.

Author of stylish suspense and the Detective Emilia Cruz police series set in Acapulco.

Dedicated to quickening reader heart rates around the world.

Amato skillfully juxtaposes the Mexican city of Acapulco’s glittering, wealthy enclaves with its seamy, violent underbelly . . . with danger and betrayal never more than a few pages away.

KIRKUS REVIEWS

From the moment I started the first one, I couldn’t put it down. Her work touches on important issues affecting Mexico in a real, human way and is exciting, fast paced and utterly gripping.

MEXICO RETOLD

This is an international mystery and crime thriller that’s truly worthy of that description. One of the best novels I’ve read in some time.

MORCAN BOOKS AND FILM

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

LITERARY FICTION REVIEW

Amato brings her characters to life with her vivid writing style and sets them on the streets of a Mexico steeped in Catholicism and corruption.

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Meet Emilia in the FREE Detective Emilia Cruz Starter Library

Including “The Beast,” previously featured on the Huffington Post’s Fiction50 showcase

We’d be pleased to publish “The Beast”  . . . all of us here who read it were quite enamored of it.

Alex Eichler, editor, HUFFINGTON POST Fiction50

Emilia is definitely a character that is close to my heart. She is a real gem with human feelings, a strong personality that doesn’t bend.

MYSTERY SEQUELS

An excerpt from "The Beast"

 

Lieutenant Inocente leaned back in his chair. As before, he hadn’t invited her to sit so Emilia stayed standing in front of his desk.

“Cruz,” he said. “I’ve heard that you did everything by the book. Outstanding patrol record. Got a real nice recommendation from your sergeant. Highest grade on the exam. Won the hand-to-hand.” He ran a finger over his moustache. “But the detective unit is a tight-knit group. Can’t say that you’re a good fit.”

“Let me assure you, teniente,” Emilia said. “I’m a team player. I will be giving this job my best effort.”

Lieutenant Inocente slowly sat upright. “Let me put this in a way you’ll understand, Cruz,” he said. “Unless one of my detectives steps up and says they’ll take you on as partner, you just wasted a lot of time and energy going after this job.”

Emilia felt a rush of anger. “That wasn’t a criteria last year,” she pointed out. “Or the year before. Or any year.”

“You’re not last year,” Lieutenant Inocente said.

He got out of his chair and walked past her into the squadroom. Emilia followed.

“This is Cruz Encinos,” Lieutenant Inocente said loudly and every man in the room turned to look. “You’ve all heard she’s the detective candidate from the ranks this year. If one of you wants to partner with her, she’ll be joining the squadroom.”

He looked around and the words if not hung in the air.

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Detective Emilia Cruz series

The first female police detective in Acapulco can take the heat. Can you? 

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Emilia investigates the death of a dirty cop in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 1

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Emilia hunts for a violent arsonist and a missing girl in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 2

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A rookie cop puts Emilia's life in danger in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 3

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Emilia gambles it all to save her partner in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 4

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Emiia goes undercover as a worshipper of Santa Muerte, Mexico's forbidden saint in Book #5

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Emilia confronts a mass disappearance that is Mexico's most notorious true crime in Book #6.

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This prequel collection of short stories captures Emilia's first years as a detective

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Critical intrigue. Compelling characters.

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A riveting ride through the darkness of Mexico's drug war, where violence buys loyalty, votes are for sale, and the odds are against survival. 

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Is your soul asleep? History professor and Iraq War vet discover the devil’s secret for stealing souls like yours. “Page-turning” – Kirkus Reviews

A collection of top-rated travel essays about life in Mexico

Current projects

  • RUSSIAN MOJITO: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 7 15%
  • HURRICANE EMILIA: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 8 15%
  • GIRL MEETS PARIS: A college memoir in letters 65%

Latest News

The worst writing advice ever. Not kidding.

“But the novel is set in Mexico,” she said. “All the characters are Mexican.” “That’s right,” I replied. “Lives of the people fighting the drug cartels. And Mexico’s class structure.” More than 5 years ago, I was speaking on the phone to a well-known American author...

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Some time ago, I took a break from mysteries and read BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY by Helen Fielding. It was time for some mind candy and Bridget Jones--books or movies--always delivers. The book was written in the same diary/inner dialogue familiar from the first...

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

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