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See how the mystery series started as Emilia Cruz fights to become the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, a city torn by drug cartel violence

Beat cop Emilia Cruz wants to be the first female police detective in Acapulco. But will they break her before she gets to the squadroom?

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Previously a Huffington Post Fiction 50 showcase selection, the story is also part of the MADE IN ACAPULCO collection of stories available on Amazon.

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 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.

See what reviewers are saying about the Emilia Cruz series:

Consistently exciting . . . a clever Mexican detective tale that will leave readers eager for the series’ next installment. — Kirkus Reviews on CLIFF DIVER

For pure entertainment and a gripping story likely resulting in nail biting, read Carmen Amato’s addictive prose. She knows this territory like a jaguar! — Amazon Hall of Fame reviewer Grady Harp on HAT DANCE

If you like international mysteries by Jo Nesbo, Ian Rankin, and Henning Mankell, you’ll want to meet Emilia Cruz

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35 thoughts on “News

  1. Adrian Youseman

    Hi Carmen, its always good to find other authors that are not afraid to tackle the biggest or even contentious subjects. My first book Paradox Lost took a look at all religions. My latest Dudgeon’s Bridge puts into fiction one particular subject as an example of how suspect even more recent history can be. A book is the best value ticket you can buy, as it can take you to different places, cultures and times. All with the comfort of your choice. Best wishes and blessing on your quests. Adrian

    • Carmen Post author

      Adrian, thanks for stopping by and giving your thoughts. Risk is a big part of writing as you so rightly point out and fearless books can take us so many places. Good luck with your writing!

  2. Zeenat Mahal

    Hi Carmen, I really understand how you feel about Mexico, because being from Pakistan, I’m familiar with the indigenous problems that spring from corruption, poverty and all the other related problems, as well as the perpetual need of the world to stick to received impressions and stereotypes. I’m sure there’s much more to Mexico than drugs and arms.
    I visited your Facebook page and read about the charity you’re supporting. What great work! Thank you for sharing The Angler with us :)

    • Carmen Post author

      Zeenat, what a perceptive comment! Perceptions are hard to change. I recently read I AM MALALA and was amazed at all the things I learned about the beauty of the Swat Valley, things that never make it into the news, or so it seems. Both Mexico and Pakistan have their problems but there is beauty there, too, which must not be lost. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.

  3. Juan

    Hola, Carmen.

    My family is also special. My dad always used to slap us on the head and say, “Horale Menso!”. So I guess we are on the same boat. Just Kidding.

    I stopped by to check out your website because I saw your post on Blog That Converts. I was curious to see what you did. It sounds interesting – your writing, I mean.

    How is BTC working for you? Being a writer and all, you must have had a real easy time following Derek’s advice.

    Oh, I almost forgot. I am from Degollado, Jalisco. Hasta luego. -Juan

    • Carmen Post author

      Juan, so glad you stopped by from BTC and I’m glad you found the site interesting. Thanks for sharing your dad’s line–too funny.


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