Imagine being the first and only female police detective in Acapulco. The detective squadroom reeks of machismo. It’s just a matter of time before they squeeze you out…
Carmen Amato’s Cliff Diver (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 1)

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Cliff Diver (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 1)

by Carmen Amato
4.5 stars – 199 reviews
Everyday Price: $4.99
Currently FREE for Amazon Prime Members
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled
Here’s the set-up:
Imagine if you were the first and only female police detective in Acapulco.

The detective squadroom reeks of machismo. It’s just a matter of time before they squeeze you out.

Detective Emilia Cruz fought her way up the police ladder in Acapulco, where Mexican drug cartels battle for control and politicians are bought with blood money. The lieutenant was forced to accept her in the detectives squadroom, but that doesn’t mean she can stay. Every day is a battle for Emilia, especially when any charges against him will dirty her as well.

But when the lieutenant’s body is found in a boat adrift near a luxury beach hotel, Emilia is picked to lead the murder investigation. The odds are soon stacked against her.

The head of the police union wants to direct the case from behind the scenes. The ambitious mayor of Acapulco offers political favors in return for a cover up. The other detectives plot against her.

Thanks to local hotel manager Kurt Rucker, Emilia uncovers the lieutenant’s sordid sexual past and his role in a kidnapping and extortion scheme. A little more digging and a rival detective becomes Emilia’s prime murder suspect.

But do family secrets point in a different direction?

Feeling like one of Acapulco’s famous cliff divers hoping not to crash on the rocks below, Emilia must choose between truth and survival. But no matter which choice she makes, she won’t be ready for the shock of the water.

And neither will you.

“Consistently exciting . . . A clever Mexican detective tale that will leave readers eager for the series’ next installment.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A wonderful crime mystery that keeps you fast flipping to the last page to see what’s coming next. Of course I picked up the second book right after reading the first – after all, I wanted to see what happened with Emilia and Kurt, and where would she go after her first main adventure in Acapulco.” — MysterySequels.com

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