Detective Emilia Cruz finds a religious relic from Mexico’s long-ago Cristero War that’s an unwelcome reminder of a painful episode from her past. At the same time, a dead body hidden aboard a cruise ship serves as a warning that more drug war violence is coming to Acapulco’s already murderous streets. Saddled with a rookie police detective who’s more interested in her than the job, Emilia wonders if the relic and the dead man are connected. Secrets and murder hide in the night as she follows a gruesome trail to the horrifying truth.
Christmas in Paradise
My name is Madison Westin. Unless it’s Christmas, in which case my official title is “Holiday Cheermistress.” Nothing stops me from getting my ho-ho-ho on, not even my friends’ Grinch-worthy attitude toward sparkling tinsel, twinkling lights, and tinkling bells. Hey, if Creole, Fab, and Didier wind up with coal in their stockings, it won’t be my fault. When some bah-humbug bandit makes the rounds of Tarpon Cove, Fab and I are on the case. It’s the least we can do for our loyal friends. Seasonal crime-victim disorder seems to be on the rise.
The Someday File
Deuce Mora’s one tough cookie–-a female sleuth with a conscience and an attitude–-fiery, tough, athletic, a dirty fighter when she has to be. In two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Jean Heller’s first mystery featuring the scrappy newspaper columnist, Deuce finds out in short order that if you mess with organized crime, you have to be tough—and you’d better be as much detective as reporter. When she walks into a seedy neighborhood bar in a suburb of Chicago–-all six feet of her, topped with auburn curls—she’s searching for a human-interest story. What she finds is Vinnie Colangelo, an aging mobster living on bad beer, cheap bourbon and regret for the life he wasted.