author Carmen Amato
the Detective Emilia Cruz police series and more
Risk, power, corruption.
Relationships with heat.
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
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
Amato combines marvelous detail about life in Mexico City with a poignant love story between the most unlikeliest of individuals, woven seamlessly into an enthralling political drama.LITERARY FICTION REVIEW
A few days ago I got an email from Josh Gaynor, a producer for the CBS show 48 Hours. He had run across my short story “The Angler” about the 2007 murder of Father Richard Junius in Mexico City. Father Richard was the pastor of Saint Patrick’s Church when I was...read more
43 MISSING, the latest Detective Emilia Cruz novel, is fiction but is based on a true, unsolved crime. A big, terrible, words-fail-me unsolved crime. 43 Missing In September 2014, forty-three students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School disappeared while in...read more
Detective Emilia Cruz series
The first female police detective in Acapulco can take the heat. Can you?
This prequel collection of short stories captures Emilia's first years as a detective
Critical intrigue. Compelling characters.
Works in process
RUSSIAN MOJITO: Detective Emilia Cruz #7
ACAPULCO RIDE: A Detective Emilia Cruz prequel story
GIRL MEETS PARIS, a memoir in letters
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