Detective Emilia Cruz series

The first female police detective in Acapulco can take the heat. Can you? 


Emilia investigates the death of a dirty cop in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 1


Emilia hunts for a violent arsonist and a missing girl in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 2


A rookie cop puts Emilia's life in danger in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 3


Emilia gambles it all to save her partner in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 4


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


Emilia confronts a mass disappearance that is Mexico's most notorious true crime in Book #6.


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

Suspense, etc

Critical intrigue. Compelling characters.


A riveting ride through the darkness of Mexico's drug war, where violence buys loyalty, votes are for sale, and the odds are against survival. 


Is your soul asleep? History professor and Iraq War vet discover the devil’s secret for stealing souls like yours. “Page-turning” – Kirkus Reviews

A collection of top-rated travel essays about life in Mexico

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© 2018 Carmen Amato.


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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