Praise for Carolina Garcia-Aguilera’s Previous Work

Havana Heat

“Lupe Solano has blossomed into one of the genre’s most formidable protagonists.”

—Chicago Tribune

“Lupe Solano is an enjoyably hedonistic sleuth, and Garcia-Aguilera’s chatty, congenial style will beguile readers for several pleasing hours.”

—Publishers Weekly

“A stunning mixture of art history, Cuban—in—exile politics, a uniquely classy Miami heroine, and riveting plot make this highly recommended. ”

—Library Journal

A Miracle in Paradise

“Lupe Solano is intelligent, witty, and eloquenty hard—boiled. The realistic Miami description radiate heat from the page.”


“Grity and witty a fascinating look at Cuban—American culture and beliefs Garcia-Aguilera has crafted realistic and intriguing characters into a plot that never bogs down.”

—San Francisco Examiner

“Carolina’s writing just keeps getting better and better. Each new book in this series gets more intense, with bigger and better issues.”

—Joanne Sinchuk, owner, Murder on Miami Beach mystery bookstore.

Bloody Secrets

“The third Lupe Solano novel continues to have the freshness that made its two predecessors remarkably insightful and compelling novel.”

—Harriet Klausner

Bloody Shame

“[Garcia-Aguilera] weaves in the nuances of the Hispanic community with finesse. Lupe oftens uses her understanding of her heritage into her work.”

—Ft. Lauderdale Sun—Sentinel

“Bloody Shames is a deliberate and meticulously constructed mystery. Her lead character, Lupe Solano is sassy and smart, an extremely liekable heroine.”

—Boulder Planet

Bloody Waters

“Bloody Waters is immediately engaging, written in a witty, straightforward style spiced by Lupe’s wry observations on Cuban—American family life.”

—Miami Herald

“Fast—paced and brimming with energy, Garcia-Aguilera’s work are energized by cultural fetishes inherent in Latinos.”

—Hispanic Magazine

Awards and Recognition

  • July 2009 One Hot Summer made into a film on Lifetime Television
  • 2004 Latina Style Magazine; Leadership Calendar
  • 2002 Florida Mystery Connection; Damn Good Book Writer Award
  • 2000 Shamus Award; Best Private Eye Novel for Havana Heat
  • 2000 University of South Carolina; Five Dagger Award
  • 1999 Flamingo Award; Best Mystery Novel Set in Florida for A Miracle in Paradise
  • 1998 & 2000 Brandeis University National Women’s Appreciation Award
  • 1997 to present; University of Miami Library, Cuba Collection (section displaying books and original manuscripts)

Professional Associations

  • Mystery Writers of America
  • Private Eye Writers of America
  • International Association of Crime Writers
  • Sisters-In-Crime
  • PEN of America
  • The Author’s Guild
  • Association of Cuban Economists
  • National Association of Cuban Sugar Growers
  • Amnesty International
  • Florida Private Investigators (License # C—8800297)
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