CARMEN AMATO

author of the Detective Emilia Cruz series

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Detective Emilia Cruz novels

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

NEW!

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

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

Romantic thrillers

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.

Read the reviews

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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The Insider's Guide to the Best of Mexico

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Girl Meets Paris, a memoir in letters

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Acapulco Rules: A Detective Emilia Cruz story

From the blog

 

Open Letter to Readers About Sex

Open Letter to Readers About Sex

My first novel, THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF MEXICO CITY, contains two sex scenes. The first catches Luz de Maria and Eddo as they fall in love with an emotional depth new to both of them. The second is when they reunite after each separately survives violence at the hands of...

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Playing Big as an Author

Playing Big as an Author

I was on Facebook recently (who among us can’t start a sentence that way?) and someone in a writers group asked what was our biggest concern. My answer was “Playing small.” Does anybody else feel like this? Although I’ve been a published author for 5 years, I can’t...

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Author to Author with Brian Stoddart

Author to Author with Brian Stoddart

I’m thrilled to host mystery author Brian Stoddart, creator of the Superintendent Le Fanu historical series set in India in the 1920’s. Think Sherlock Holmes meets The Jewel in the Crown, with a bit of my favorite thriller, too. Brian is a New Zealand-based but...

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What Happened to the Jesse Stone Mystery Series?

What Happened to the Jesse Stone Mystery Series?

When mystery author Robert B. Parker passed away, I mourned the end of the Spenser and Jesse Stone mystery series, as well as his Westerns featuring the enigmatic Virgil Cole. Sunny Randall, not so much, as I never quite connected with the female PI and her annoying...

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Book Review: Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo

Book Review: Midnight Sun 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 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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