Book: Pacific Reaper (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 5) by Carmen Amatocategories: Book, Police Procedural, Police Detective, Female Sleuth, Acapulco, Mexico Mystery, Female Police Detective, Murder Mystery, Whodunnit, Like Jo Nesbo, Like Ian Rankin, Mystery
Carmen Amatoabout this book: Every Detective Emilia Cruz novel uses unique aspects of Mexican culture to create crimes and situations that would not be possible anywhere else.
In PACIFIC REAPER, Emilia confronts the cult of Santa Muerte, the saint of death embraced by drug cartels. Someone is killing gang members and leaving altars to Santa Muerte next to the victims. Emilia doesn't believe in the power of the Skeleton Saint, as some call her, but something bad happens to everyone who is important to her. When offered the chance to go undercover as a worshipper, Emilia wonders if it's an opportunity to break a curse.
Condemned by the Catholic Church, the popularity of Santa Muerte continues to grow. She's the personification of death but wears many hats: angel of death, miracle worker, love doctor, supernatural healer, protector of believers.
Santa Muerte is usually depicted as a skeleton holding a sythe in one hand and a globe in the other and wearing a hooded robe akin to the West's Grim Reaper figure.
Colors have different meanings in the Santa Muerte universe. In PACIFIC REAPER, Emilia first encounters a black altar, which is intended for power against enemies. Later, undercover as a worshipper, she carries a yellow robed Santa Muerte statue to a ritual event. Emilia's cover is that she is there to ask for her mother to be healed.
The event Emilia attends as a Santa Muerte worshipper is part evangelical happening, part criminal mastermind at work. What happens--and what is revealed--is shocking. Nothing in Emilia's Acapulco will ever be the same.
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