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Emilia Cruz Encinos is back for her fourth outing as Acapulco’s only female detective.
Amato weaves an intricate assortment of themes into a vivid tapestry that depicts both the beauty and ugliness of Acapulco . . . with danger and betrayal never more than a few pages away.KIRKUS REVIEWS
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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.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
Awakening Macbeth, a romantic thriller with a paranormal twist
Girl Meets Paris, a memoir in letters
Pacific Reaper: A Detective Emilia Cruz novel
43 Missing: A Detective Emilia Cruz novel
From the blog
The countdown to KING PESO is officially on! The 4th Detective Emilia Cruz novel will be released for Kindle on 18 August and in paperback on 30 August. While you wait to see just how hot it can get in Acapulco, read the first chapter. In KING PESO, Acapulco is rocked...read more
KING PESO, the 4th Detective Emilia Cruz novel, is all about gambling and greed. The high cost of building family and friends. How easy it is to tear them both apart. In KING PESO, Emilia is shocked by the murder partner Franco Silvio’s wife, as Acapulco...read more
I’ve been reading Estelle Ryan’s Dr. Genevieve Lenard mystery series, starting with THE GAUGUIN CONNECTION. The series is a fresh take on the usual whodunit, both in terms of style and characters. I’m delighted to host Estelle today for a short chat....read more
Lately, several emerging authors have asked me what to focus on as they start their careers. For a pro opinion, I turned to Anne R. Allen, author of How To Be A Writer In the E-Age. Anne writes the essential blog for today’s writers at http://annerallen.com/....read more
In The Blackhouse by Peter May, the setting is the remote, windy, and rainswept Hebrides islands off Scotland’s western coast. The murder is gruesome and mimics a recent killing in Edinburgh being investigated by police detective Fin McLeod. Fin’s young son has just...read more
Mysteries are all about complicated people solving complicated plots. We love characters with issues—even a Fatal Flaw–that make them vulnerable and real. It’s why Spenser has his Code, why John Rebus hangs out in the Oxford Bar, why a 1000-year-old spirit...read more
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