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Story coverIf you like mysteries by Jo Nesbo and Ian Rankin, you’ll want to meet Acapulco detective Emilia Cruz 

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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.

 — Praise for the Emilia Cruz mystery 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

“Emilia is definitely a character that is close to my heart. She is a real gem with human feelings, a strong personality that doesn’t bend even with all the crap she’s dished every day from every corner.” Mystery Sequels on DIABLO NIGHTS

— The latest news from Carmen’s desk —

In 2014, I donated $1 for every Kindle book sold to, the charity co-founded by Matt Damon to bring clean water and decent sanitation to communities worldwide. Other authors, including Jerry Last, Norm Hamilton and Sharon Lee Johnson, joined in. Thanks to them and all of our amazing readers, we were able to provide 31 people with clean and safe water for life through 

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  1. Bren Murphy

    Hi Carmen, The whole idea of breaking through stereotypes – especially as they relate to different cultures is – really powerful and, for an author, quite brave.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts,
    Bren Murphy


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