author of the Detective Emilia Cruz series

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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


Pacific Reaper: A Detective Emilia Cruz novel


43 Missing: A Detective Emilia Cruz novel


Girl Meets Paris, a memoir in letters

From the blog

Travelling My Dreams in AWAKENING MACBETH

AWAKENING MACBETH, the romantic thriller with a paranormal twist, is probably the most daring thing I’ve ever written. I’ve worried obsessively over the cover, a symptom of the unsettling feeling I’ve had about tossing it out there for the world to chew on. The story...

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Friends with Books: The Founder of

This week I stumbled upon the great site, run by reader and chef Anu-Riikka. Half of the site is devoted to book reviews of romantic thriller and suspense novels and the other half has recipes from her kitchen, complete with photos. The...

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Mystery and Thriller Trends for 2017

I recently chatted with Mary Rosenblum from New Writers Interface about what we can expect when it comes to mystery and thriller trends in 2017, as well as what really hooks a reader and draws them into a story. She’s an author, editor, and marketer whose services...

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Book Review: Midnight Son 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 romantic thrillers and the Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series set in Acapulco. Expect risk, power, corruption. And relationships with heat.  More

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