So excited that BLOOD’S ECHO, the first book in the Detective Cruz mystery/thriller series, received the 2018 Mariposa Award for Best First Novel. The award was announced at the 20th Annual International Latino Book Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on September 8th.
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 […]
“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 […]
So exciting to have a chance to talk to Jose Cardenas, host of the PBS program Horizonte, about the Veranda Cruz series! Arrived at the studio in downtown Phoenix, where I went up to the greenroom and met Mr. Cardenas. Turned out he read Blood’s Echo and really liked it! He asked me about the […]
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 […]
Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club just announced a baker’s dozen literary works of all genres for their 2017 Summer Reading List. Blood’s Echo was listed at number 3! I’m very humbled and honored to be included in such a prestigious group of talented writers. Click to link to the press release.
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 […]
LESA HOLSTEIN, book reviewer for the Poisoned Pen, interviewed me for her blog. One of her questions tugged at my heart: Readers will undoubtedly think of your career when they think of Veranda. What was your most unusual experience that you can tell us about? When I was a uniform patrol officer early in my […]
This post originally ran in the Midnight Ink blog, Under Cover of Midnight. The Latino equivalent of Windex is Vicks VapoRub, which is used to treat everything from a head cold to a sucking chest wound. Now you know. When I retired from crime fighting and took up crime writing, I decided to create a […]
People ask me how to give themselves the proverbial kick in the pants to get their draft finished and out into the world. My best advice is to make a declaration. Say it out loud. Set a date for completion, and commit. No one will ever know how brilliant your manuscript is while it’s still […]