CARMEN AMATO

mystery and suspense author

 

The mystery ahead . . .

 

Paved with risk, power, corruption and relationships with heat.

This is where you’ll find the research, insights, and travel that supercharge my novels.

 

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Detective Emilia Cruz series

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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 against a cop killer and a casino 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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This prequel collection of short stories captures Emilia's first years as a detective

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An attorney and a housemaid battle Mexico's drug cartels and rigid social class structure. A Cinderella story, Mexico style.

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You loved the romantic suspense blog serial! Now it's a standalone novel with a shocking paranormal twist.

42 experts tell you where to sun, swim, eat, stay, and celebrate the real Mexico.

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The new book trailer for AWAKENING MACBETH!

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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.

MysterySequels.com

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.

MexicoRetold.com

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

Works in progress

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43 Missing: Detective Emilia Cruz Book #6

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Russian Tango (working title): Detective Emilia Cruz #7

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Girl Meets Paris, a memoir in letters

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Acapulco Flow: A Detective Emilia Cruz prequel story

From the blog

 

The Great Madonna Mistake

The Great Madonna Mistake

It took me five years to realize the mistake. The Madonna mistake. In THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF MEXICO CITY, Luz de Maria is a maid in Mexico City who returns home to the small town of Soledad de Doblado after losing her job. There she sees a news report that...

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On the Rocks with Thriller Author Tim Tigner

On the Rocks with Thriller Author Tim Tigner

This week I went behind the writing scenes with with thriller author Tim Tigner, who shared details about his Kyle Achilles series and some great protips for creating sensational thrillers. Driven by great reviews, his books are zooming up the thriller and...

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Living With a Thief

Living With a Thief

"Comparison is the thief of joy." -- Teddy Roosevelt I mentioned to someone recently that my goal for the Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series is to eventually be as well known as the Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. And got a not-so-subtle...

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Book Review: 2 Tickets to Venice

Book Review: 2 Tickets to Venice

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Architecture, canals, and history make it a prime setting for a mystery. Two favorite authors, Donna Leon and Martin Cruz Smith have new books set in Venice that take you on two very different...

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Book Review: Claws of the Cat by Susan Spann

Book Review: Claws of the Cat by Susan Spann

CLAWS OF THE CAT is one of those books you wish you’d written, but grudgingly know you’d never come up with the premise. Related: Author to Author with Susan Spann Author Susan Spann takes us to imperial Japan in 1565. The Jesuits, in the form of Portuguese priest...

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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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