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 […]

STARRED REVIEW in Publishers Weekly

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“In Maldonado’s breathless sequel to 2017’s Blood’s Echo, Phoenix, Ariz., homicide detective Veranda Cruz continues her obsessive crusade to take down the Villalobos cartel, a Mexican criminal dynasty led by its ruthless and sadistic patriarch, Hector “El Lobo” Villalobos. When the South Side Soldados, a South Phoenix gang with ties to a rival Colombian cartel, threaten […]

BLOOD’S ECHO REVIEWED IN SUSPENSE MAGAZINE

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From the March/April edition of Suspense Magazine: “In her debut novel Maldonado pulls from her personal experience as a former cop to provide readers with a highly entertaining police procedural—a thriller with more than a touch of reality, pulled from today’s headlines. Detective Veranda Cruz, a Phoenix Police Drug Enforcement Agent and a first-generation Phoenician, is […]

EVER WONDER WHAT A REAL FEMALE POLICE OFFICER THINKS ABOUT FICTIONAL WOMEN WITH A BADGE?

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I wrote this exclusive guest post for Criminal Element. Follow the link to read the whole article. I confess to a love-hate relationship with police procedurals—be they novels, TV shows, or movies. After 22 years wearing a gun and badge, I’ve followed the shifting image of the female police officer/detective with interest. For the most […]