Cue the drum roll!

RUSSIAN MOJITO, Detective Emilia Cruz Book 7, will be available soon. Mark your calendar:

  • 23 May: Kindle pre-order
  • 6 June: Kindle release
  • 23 June: Paperback release


RUSSIAN MOJITO takes up where 43 MISSING left off. Emilia was the sole survivor of an attack on a extradition convoy taking cartel kingpin Diego Barrielos Luna from Mexico to the United States to stand trial. Barrielos Luna escaped, but not before promising Emilia that he’d be in touch.

Now back in Acapulco attempting to repair all her broken relationships, Emilia sees his shadow around every corner. But when her mother’s husband is kidnapped and a Russian journalist is murdered in the Palacio Real hotel managed by boyfriend Kurt Rucker, Emilia suddenly has other things on her mind.

Add a vicious attack on two more Russians and a touch of espionage gone wrong. Emilia is soon looking for answers in unusual places.

Her long-time partner Franco Silvio is a lieutenant now and the chief of detectives for the Acapulco police department. He’s busy navigating miles of red tape, union demands, and thieving baggage handlers at the airport. Is there a connection between the kidnapping, dead Russians, and airport thieves?

RUSSIAN MOJITO is the most complex Detective Emilia Cruz mystery yet. Relationships are at the heart of the novel. Some can still be salvaged, while others remain a mystery. Still more revolve around the shifting axis of mutual distrust and paranoia.

As always, my goal is to bring the reader shoulder-to-shoulder with Emilia, hearing her heart pound and helping her calculate the odds of survival.


The cover is another inspired illustration by Matt Chase. The cover is the 8th design the talented artist has created for the Detective Emilia Cruz series. His work can be seen in numerous national-level publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, and The Atlantic.

The illustration is a hint at the first murder . . .

Cocktails, anyone?

Russian Mojito cover

Need to catch up?

If you need to catch up, check out 43 MISSING and the rest of the Detective Emilia Cruz books on Amazon. For other stores, check out my Books page.

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