Authors on the Air Global Radio Network presents: Writers on the Beat

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Critically acclaimed author Isabella Maldonado retired as a police captain, served as a hostage negotiator, and ended her career as the Commander of Special Investigations and Forensics. Her Detective Veranda Cruz series has been named a Best First Book and among the Best 25 Suspense Novels of 2018. Isabella sat down across the Interrogation Room […]

Captain Maldonado is under interrogation…by Detective Cruz!

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Renowned reviewer and blogger Lesa Holstein of Lesa’s Book Critiques and the Poisoned Pen, asks me what it would be like if my own lead character, badass Homicide detective Veranda Cruz, brought me in for questioning. Every crime fiction author’s worst nightmare. ISABELLA: Why are we in an interview room at police headquarters? Am I […]

Writers with a badge

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Two retired female cops talk fiction vs. reality (this interview was featured inCrime Reads) Isabella Maldonado here, and I’m very honored to speak with fellow cop-turned-author Lissa Redmond. We have an eerily similar journey to writing crime fiction. We both went into law enforcement shortly after graduating from our respective universities. There are female police […]

PHOENIX BURNING reviewed in Mystery Scene magazine

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Mystery Scene magazine features PHOENIX BURNING, the second book in the Detective Cruz mystery/thriller series. A fabulous review by author Betty Webb is below, with spoilers deleted for those who haven’t read the award-winning first book, BLOOD’S ECHO: Police procedurals can be wearying if they rely too much on the bureaucratic side of policing at […]