Death cult and drug cartels collide in PACIFIC REAPER, the latest Detective Emilia Cruz mystery book release by Carmen Amato

VIENNA, VA – 26 Apr, 2017 – Detective Emilia Cruz is the first female police detective in Acapulco, Mexico, a city rocked by drug cartel violence. Marrying Latino literature heft with mainstream reader appeal, PACIFIC REAPER is the 5th book release in the mystery series recently optioned for television by a US network and follows the success of CLIFF DIVER, HAT DANCE, DIABLO NIGHTS, and KING PESO.

In PACIFIC REAPER, Emilia and her partner Franco Silvio find an elaborate altar to Santa Muerte next to the body of a known gang member. Prayers to the so-called Skeleton Saint deliver a dire warning to the death saint’s enemies.

From a beachfront hostel to a voodoo market, the investigation is soon a maze of unholy clues. At the same time, everyone close to Emilia has a brush with death. Bad luck? Or is the Skeleton Saint’s curse coming true? When Emilia goes undercover as a Santa Muerte worshipper on the eve of the Day of the Dead, she’ll discover the unlucky answer.

Similar to international mystery series by Jo Nesbo and Ian Rankin, the main character’s personal flaws form important subplots. In addition, throughout the series, Emilia hunts for missing women in acknowledgment of the thousands lost to Mexico’s drug war.

Yet, as the author said in a 2016 appearance on NPR’s ALT.Latino program, “Emilia represents hope that there are good people fighting the law enforcement fight in Mexico and they will prevail . . . Readers will feel, once their heart rate goes back to normal, that things are going to get better.”

Carmen Amato is the author of two romantic thrillers, as well as the Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series. Originally from New York, her experiences living in Mexico and Central America inspire many of her books, all of which are available as ebook and paperback from Amazon.

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A free download of the Detective Emilia Cruz Starter Library is available on her website at

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