Detective Emilia Cruz


She’s the first female police detective in Acapulco.

If the cartels don’t get her, another cop will.


“A thrilling series” – National Public Radio

2019 & 2020 Poison Cup award, Outstanding Series – CrimeMasters of America

2019 Silver Falchion Award, Best Short Story

In plots torn from the headlines and my own experiences, Emilia faces drug cartels, official corruption and Mexico’s culture of machismo. Hotel manager Kurt Rucker adds another dimension of danger to her life; her heart is at stake with him.

Keep scrolling to see all the books, visit Emilia’s Acapulco, meet cover artist Matt Chase, and get the free Starter Library.


Detective Emilia Cruz series

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.

Russian Mojito cover

Can Emilia deliver a dose of Mexican justice to a Russian killer in Book #7?

Narco Noir by Carmen Amato

Emilia plays both a taxi driver and a movie star in the undercover role of a lifetime in Book #8.

Detective Emilia Cruz Short Reads

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

Feliz Navidad from Acapulco

Emilia and her partner go undercover in this very unexpected Christmas murder mystery novella.

The Listmaker of Acapulco

Emilia finds a list of dirty cops as the police union tries to destroy her career.

Detective Emilia Cruz Extras

The Artist

This bilingual edition of a prequel short story won the 2019 Silver Falchion award for Best Short Story/Collection.

Emilia Cruz Box Set books 1-6

Books 1-6 BOX SET: The first 6 Emilia Cruz novels, plus exclusive bonus content. Kindle format only.

FREE Detective Emilia Cruz Starter Library

Get THE BEAST, THE ANGLER, and the new WHO’S WHO guide to the series. You’ll also get my Mystery Ahead newsletter with subscriber-only content and announcements.

Acapulco through the eyes of Detective Emilia Cruz

There’s the Acapulco of that tourists know and the Acapulco that seethes with cartel crime. Both of these versions of Acapulco claw at each other and force Emilia to survive between them.

About cover artist Matt Chase

You’ve seen his work in national and international publications like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

#EmiliaCruz posts from the blog

Behind-the-scenes, including the research and imagery that propel the Detective Emilia Cruz books.

Carmen Amato at Spring Hill

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