Saturday, 15 June 2019

Carolina Garcia-Aguilera

Author Website | Reviews | Bibliography & Rights Information

The Lupe Solano Mystery SeriesBiblio. & Rights Info
Bloody Waters
Bloody Shame
Bloody Secrets
A Miracle in Paradise
Havana Heat
Bitter Sugar
Bloody Twist

StandalonesBiblio. & Rights Info
One Hot Summer
Luck of the Draw


The Lupe Solano Mystery Series

For Bloody Waters

“A talent worth watching.”


“Lupe and her eccentric family (a bodybuilding cousin; a dad who keeps a boat provisioned for the day when Castro falls; a sister who’s a nun) have a charm that bodes well for future outings.”

—Publishers Weekly

“…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

For Bloody Shame

” A free-spirited heroine, some wry humor, and an insider’s look at an unfamiliar milieu are pluses here.”


“[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 SHAME is a deliberate and meticulously constructed mystery. Her lead character, Lupe Solano is sassy and smart, an extremely likeable heroine.”

Boulder Planet

For Bloody Secrets

“With sharp-edged characters and some profound probing of moral ambiguities, the latest Lupe Solano tale is suspenseful, provocative and satisfying.”

Publishers Weely

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

Harriet Klausner

For A Miracle in Paradise

“A memorable tale of Cuban-American life, this novel boasts an engaging plot and a fiery heroine armed with sharp insights into Cuban and Catholic ways that will lead readers happily into the sultry heat of Little Havana.”

Publishers Weekly

“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

For 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

For Bitter Sugar

“Surprises abound in Lupe Solano’s sixth foray (after 2000’s Havana Heat) into the seamier side of Miami’s Cuban émigré community…Garcia-Aguilera saves her best surprise until last, leaving fans wanting more.”

Publishers Weekly

Bloody Twist

“The narrative style in BLOODY TWIST is light and breezy, and appropriate to the characters and setting.”

Mysterious Reviews


For One Hot Summer

“Garcia-Aguilera’s Miami sleuth, Lupe Solano (Havana Heat and Bitter Sugar), has won her the Flamingo and Shamus Awards. By sticking to a world she knows well, the author has produced another crowd pleaser.”

Publishers Weekly

For Luck of the Draw

“Esmeralda’s adventure is as skillfully written and plotted as Garcia-Aguilera’s successful Lupe Solano mystery series, and Esmeralda is a feisty, entertaining narrator.”

Publishers Weekly

For Magnolia

“readers will fall in love with MAGNOLIA in this engaging tale of what unexpected choices can be made when one’s back is against the wall.”

Publishers Weekly


The Lupe Solano Mystery Series

  1. Bloody Waters (Riverhead, 1996)
  2. Bloody Shame (Riverhead, 1997)
  3. Bloody Secrets (Putnam Adult, 1998)
  4. A Miracle in Paradise (William Morrow, 1999)
  5. Havana Heat (William Morrow, 2000)
  6. Bitter Sugar (William Morrow, 2001)
  7. Bloody Twist (Miramar, 2010)
  • Winner of the 1998 & 2000 Brandeis University National Women’s Appreciation Awards
  • Book #4 — Winner of the 1999 Flamingo Award for Best Mystery Novel Set in Florida
  • Book #5 — Winner of the 2000 Shamus Award for Best Private Eye Novel!
  • Books #1-3 — Danish rights to Bruna Uitgevers***
  • Books #1-5 — French rights to Editions C***
  • Books #1-3 — Finnish rights to Otava***
  • Books #1-3 — German rights to Limes Verlag***
  • Book #1 — Italian rights to Mondadori***
  • Books #1-2 — Japanese rights to Bruna Uitgevers***
  • Books #1 — Spanish rights to Bruna Uitgevers***


One Hot Summer (HarperCollins, 2002)

  • Spanish rights to Planeta Publishing***

Luck of the Draw (HarperCollins, 2003)

  • Spanish rights to Planeta Publishing***

Magnolia (Miramar, 2013)