— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW


"This one delivers a brilliant and complicated heroine, accentuated by a take-no-prisoners plot. Every emotion is drawn out with sizzle and clout, the tension ratcheting up degree by degree as the pages fly by. It’s spicy, smart, and entertaining, definitely worth your time."

— STEVE BERRY, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Order
"Phoenix Burning is the high-octane, high-stakes story as gritty and tortured as its main character, Veranda Cruz, one of the most realistic police detectives I’ve read in recent fiction. You’ll root for her as she takes on the Mexican cartel and delves deep into their horrifying crimes, while battling her own treacherous past. A fast and compelling read that will keep you turning pages deep into the night."

— CARLA BUCKLEY, bestselling author of The Good Goodbye
“Phoenix may be burning, but Maldonado’s star is rising. Gritty and gripping.”

— J.A. JANCE, New York Times Bestselling author of Proof of Life
"Phoenix Burning is a scorcher . . . Filled with one unsuspecting twist after another, Maldonado keeps the reader guessing at every page turn wondering which startling way the heat will be thrust toward [Cruz] next as she attempts to bring back normalcy to the streets of her beloved Phoenix . . . This incendiary tale keeps you surprised to literally the last few shocking pages as to what to expect next in this marvelous thriller from one of the most unique cop stories you’ll ever read."

— PASCAL MARCO, author of Render Safe
"A highly entertaining police procedural . . . Hang on tight for the ride of a lifetime across Southern Arizona as Maldonado rises to her written challenge to entertain, enthrall and engage readers in this high-octane thriller."

"Maldonado ratchets up the tension with each page, leaving you breathless as you race to the end.”

— ROBIN BURCELL, bestselling author of The Kill Order
"Isabella Maldonado is off to a great start, giving us a tense thriller with a strong sense of place and an insider’s look at some of the most dangerous work in law enforcement. This first Veranda Cruz novel will leave readers eagerly awaiting her next adventure.”

— JAN BURKE, New York Times bestselling author
"Taut, tense, and relentlessly authentic. Isabella Maldonado—with her unique personal knowledge of the danger, conflict and emotional toll of law enforcement—is an important new voice in crime fiction.”

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, Anthony, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author of Say No More
“In Veranda Cruz, Maldonado has created a character with such depth, full of courage and heart, I would willingly follow her into any battle. Blood's Echo is quick, with unexpected twists and danger on every page, including the very last one. The Phoenix sun isn't the only thing burning in this thrilling debut and I look forward to more. .”

— SHANNON BAKER, bestselling author of the Kate Fox mystery series
"Maldonado has crafted a top-notch thriller that will have police procedural junkies and thrill-seekers turning page after page, late into the night."

— MAEGAN BEAUMONT, award-winning author of Carved in Darkness