Carmen Amato uses lessons from a 30-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency to craft crime fiction loaded with mystery and deception.
Find all her books here, organized by series. Click individual book covers for more or links to series pages.
Detective Emilia Cruz Mystery Series
Emilia Cruz is the first female police detective in Acapulco. If the drug cartels don’t get her, another cop will.
Poison Cup award for Outstanding Series, 2019 & 2020, CrimeMasters of America; Silver Falchion Award for Story/Collection, 2019, Killer Nashville
Detective Emilia Cruz Short Reads
A black notebook and a man with nine fingers draw Emilia into a maze of mistaken identities and gang rivals
Detective Emilia Cruz Extras
Expect Carmen’s signature blend of complex mystery, layers of deception, and high-wire action.
Romantic suspense with a supernatural twist pits a college professor and an Iraq War vet against eternal evil.
Galliano Club Thriller Series — coming soon
In 1926, it’s hard to get a beer, thanks to Prohibition. But in Lido, New York, there’s plenty of secrets, lies, and murder on tap at the Galliano Club.
Based on tales told by Carmen’s late grandfather, a former Deputy Sheriff of Oneida County, NY.
A dead body behind the Galliano Club sets off a chain reaction of crime and deception in this Prohibition-era thriller based on Carmen’s home town.
Barman Luca Lombardo and dancer Ruth Cross are caught in a web of blackmail ensnaring everyone connected to the Galliano Club.
Hanna Gorski is determined to discover who murdered her sister and deliver her own brand of justice. The Galliano Club will never be the same.