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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Cliff Diver (An Emilia Cruz Novel) by Carmen Amato is a murder mystery set against the backdrop of Mexico. Emilia Cruz, Acapulco's only female police detective, is investigating the death of a dirty cop. Though she faces a lot of non-cooperation from the other cops in this investigation, she finds out that the cop had been leading a life of sex and manipulation, as well as involvement in an old kidnapping case. What unravels is a story of sex, sleaze, and crime which sees Emilia getting trapped in the world of corruption and power. She has to locate the killers and at the same time she is drawn towards the luxury hotel manager, Kurt Rucker. With a great setting like Acapulco, this story will keep readers engrossed.
Emilia, the protagonist, has been powerfully portrayed. There is a lot of action happening in the story which makes it a fast paced read. The portrayal of the drug wars, Mexican bureaucracy and culture connects readers well with Mexico. The characters are all exciting and they make the plot more engaging. There is a little bit of everything in the plot that will make it appealing to all types of readers.
It is a cleverly written Mexican detective and murder mystery. The developing relationship between Kurt and Emilia takes the focus once in a while away from all the action, giving the plot a softer feel while reading. I would recommend this book for readers who love detective fiction as well as a bit of romance.