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Emilia investigates the death of a dirty cop in Detective Emilia Cruz Book1

Emilia races to catch an arsonist and find a missing girl in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 2

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

A cop killer and a casino both hold surprises in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 4

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

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

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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.

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.

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


Pacific Reaper: A Detective Emilia Cruz novel


43 Missing: A Detective Emilia Cruz novel


Girl Meets Paris, a memoir in letters

From the blog

Taxes and the Mystery Author: Winners and Losers

In May I will celebrate my fifth year as a published author. For most of that time I was what the IRS would term a "hobbyist" but in April 2016 I embraced full-time authordom. Here were my priorities: Publish AWAKENING MACBETH, the romantic thriller that I’d written...

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Book Review: Midnight Son by Jo Nesbo

For those mystery lovers who reveled in Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series, his new stand-alone novel Midnight Sun will be a bit of a surprise. Midnight Sun is easier on the blood pressure than Harry, with a sympathetic protagonist and the wooded setting of Norway’s  remote...

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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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