Phoenix Burning

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The battle between Veranda Cruz and the Villalobos cartel turns Phoenix into a war zone

Homicide Detective Veranda Cruz will stop at nothing to take down the Villalobos cartel. But when a wave of violence in the city escalates, she fears that the secrets of her past will take her down instead.

Adolfo Villalobos is a crime boss who's determined to stake his claim. To prove that he's ready to run his family's sprawling criminal empire, he devises a plan to silence his siblings and destroy Veranda, leaving a trail of destruction through downtown Phoenix that makes national headlines. Veranda believes the task force she's been assigned to lead will end the cartel's reign of terror, until Adolfo's revenge takes a cruel—and highly personal—twist.




Blood's Echo

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Whenever the lust for drugs, money, and power lays claim to a city, brutality is never far behind. Phoenix detective Veranda Cruz is dead set on taking down the Villalobos Cartel, but the ruthlessness of her quarry demands a ruthless edge of her own.

Detective Veranda Cruz leads an elite task force on the Phoenix Police Drug Enforcement Bureau. Bartolo Villalobos is the heir apparent to the most powerful cartel in the world. No one in the department suspects the secret motive behind Veranda’s obsession with the cartel . . . until an operation goes horribly wrong.

Targeted by an increasingly unstable drug lord, Veranda must protect her family and stay clear of adversaries within the force while she sets a trap for Bartolo. As the desert action heats up, Veranda and her new Homicide team―along with an arson investigator who kindles a flame for her―are all drawn into a deadly gambit. Taking down Bartolo is the ultimate goal, but is Veranda ready to trade life for justice?



Isabella’s short stories are available in these anthologies:


Diablo Ranch

Diablo Ranch (featuring Veranda Cruz, from Blood’s Echo)

Veranda Cruz, Phoenix Police Homicide Detective, would love to take a relaxing vacation. Without the funds for a trip to Paris, she settles on a short excursion at a dude ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona. Unfortunately, murder follows her to the scenic desert washes and trails.







Cleanoritas, Inc.

Cleañoritas, Inc.

This dark comedy tells the story of a devious criminal mastermind. She has access to her victims, can scour the scene after the deed is done, and no one ever suspects her. She is…the cleaning lady! In addition to her regular housecleaning services, she offers a menu of options for clients who need to have a problem “scrubbed.” Her side business has become so lucrative that she’s had to hire more staff. In this tale, two of her crew are tasked with cleaning up a particularly sticky mess.






The Hand of Fate

The Hand of Fate (featuring Sam Stark, from Blood’s Echo)

Why would four respectable middle-aged ladies embark on a relentless campaign to torment a young man they have never met? While at their regular poker games, the women plot increasingly nasty forms of harassment. The young man runs to Phoenix Police Homicide Detective Sam Stark for help. When the man ends up dead under bizarre circumstances, Detective Stark realizes he may never solve the murder.