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Meet Emilia Cruz. She wants to be the first and only female police detective in Acapulco. Will they break her before she gets to the squadroom?

Go behind Mexico's headlines with an explosive new mystery series and a woman who will be hard to forget

. . . if you can take the heat

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

Get your copy of THE BEAST: An Emilia Cruz Story today!

  •  As seen in The Huffington Post Fiction 50 showcase
  • Prequel to CLIFF DIVER, the novel that Kirkus Reviews called “Consistently exciting!”
  • THE BEAST is an exclusive excerpt from MADE IN ACAPULCO: the Emilia Cruz stories collection available on Amazon.

         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.

– The latest news from Carmen’s desk –

DIABLO NIGHTS by Carmen AmatoDIABLO NIGHTS is out and climbing the International Mystery Top Rated charts on Amazon. It’s currently rated 4.9 out of 5 stars after just over a month.

From Amazon reviewers:

“[Amato] has created an iconic figure in Emilia Cruz . . . Few mystery writers can outrun her!”

“This is a marvelous read.”

“If, after reading the latest installment of the Detective Emilia Cruz series, Diablo Nights, you aren’t a fan of her as a writer and, by extension, as a person, then you should go back and re-read the novel again.”

Just like with CLIFF DIVER and HAT DANCE, Emilia Cruz’s Acapulco is full of strangers with agendas driven by risk, power, and corruption. No crime is simple, no investigation will be easy.

WRITING FOR WATER:  Throughout 2014, I’m donating $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 are joining me in the Writing for Water Team. So far we have donated enough to give 20 people access to clean water for life.

Read more: Writing for Water.

35 thoughts on “News

  1. 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.

  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. 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!


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