Award-winning mystery

Drawing on her 30-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency, Carmen Amato crafts crime fiction loaded with suspense and deception, including the Detective Emilia Cruz police series set in Acapulco.

It's like they say. Write what you know.

 

COMING 24 JUNE

The Listmaker of Acapulco novella

THE LISTMAKER OF ACAPULCO

A Kindle Single novella

A secret list and a nine-fingered man drive Acapulco’s first female police detective to the edge in this exciting companion to the award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series.

After Emilia stops a gang attack in an upscale neighborhood, she finds a black notebook filled with names. Dirty cops? In a police department riddled with corruption, how long until someone finds out she has the list? Meanwhile, one of the dead attackers  wears another man’s grafted fingerprint.

Suddenly, Emilia is drowning in an ocean of false identities and criminal intrigue.

The maker of the list knows these waters well.

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Detective Emilia Cruz Mystery Series

Emilia investigates the death of a dirty cop in the explosive series debut.

As Acapulco burns, Emilia hunts for a violent arsonist and a missing girl in Book 2.

A religious relic, a cruise ship murder, and a rookie cop put Emilia’s life in danger in Book 3.

Emilia gambles it all to save her partner from a serial killer targeting cops in Book 4.

Emilia goes undercover as a devotee of Santa Muerte, Mexico’s forbidden saint, in Book 5.

Based on a true crime, Emilia grapples with a shocking mass kidnapping in Book 6.

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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

Coming soon! A black notebook and a man with nine fingers draw Emilia into a maze of mistaken identities and gang rivals

Standalone Thrillers

The Artist

A drug cartel is poised to buy Mexico’s presidency and only one man stands in the way.

Awakening Macbeth paranormal thriller

Romantic suspense with a supernatural twist pits a college professor and an Iraq War vet against eternal evil.

Galliano Club Thriller Series — coming soon

The Artist

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.

Blackmail at the Galliano Club

Barman Luca Lombardo and dancer Ruth Cross are caught in a web of blackmail ensnaring everyone connected to the Galliano Club.

Revenge at 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.

 

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