Lieutenant Inocente slowly sat upright. “Let me put this in a way you’ll understand, Cruz,” he said. “Unless one of my detectives steps up and says they’ll take you on as partner, you just wasted a lot of time and energy going after this job.”

Emilia felt a rush of anger. “That wasn’t a criteria last year,” she pointed out. “Or the year before. Or any year.”

“You’re not last year,” Lieutenant Inocente said.


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Praise for the Detective Emilia Cruz Series

2019 & 2020 Poison Cup Award for Outstanding Series - CrimeMasters of America

2019 Silver Falchion Award - Killer Nashville

“Consistently exciting” - Kirkus Reviews
“Smashing, kept me on the edge” - Book Vue
“Darkly thrilling and accomplished” - Book Viral
“Outdoes many of the best crime authors” - Artisan Reviews

Here’s what you get


Emilia Cruz starter library

The Beast

Previously published in The Huffington Post’s Fiction50 showcase, The Beast is the definitive prequel to the series.


Emilia Cruz starter library

The Angler

Based on the 2007 true murder of author Carmen Amato’s parish priest. His killer was never found, until now.


Emilia Cruz starter library

Who's Who

Profiles of all of the key characters, including Detective Emilia Cruz, hotel manager Kurt Rucker, senior detective Franco Silvio, and Acapulco mayor Carlota Montoya Perez.


“A thrilling series.”

National Public Radio

This 3-part Starter library is the prequel to the award-winning Emilia Cruz mystery series.

Emilia is the first female police detective in Acapulco. She can take the heat. Can you?


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“Emilia is definitely a character that is close to my heart.”

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