Huge thank you to Book Riot for rating PHOENIX BURNING as one of the best 25 suspense books of 2108. In this fascinating article, Sarah S. Davis lays out her case for a spectacular list of novels that she says “reflect the best of the genre today.” This exciting list includes authors who are well […]
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 […]
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.
“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 […]
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.