Carolina Garcia-Aguilera

Cuban-born, Miami Beach–based Carolina Garcia-Aguilera is the author of ten books as well as a contributor to many anthologies, and she is perhaps best known for her Lupe Solano mystery series. 

Her books have been translated into twelve languages; One Hot Summer, her seventh novel, was made into a film for Lifetime Television. Ms. Garcia-Aguilera, who was a private investigator for twenty-five years, has been the recipient of many awards.

Find her on her website, or follow her on Twitter @garciaaguilera.

Bibliography

  • Standalone
    Magnolia
    Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
  • Standalone
    Luck of the Draw
    Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
  • Standalone
    One Hot Summer
    Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
  • Lupe Solano Mysteries
    Bloody Waters (#1)
    Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
  • Lupe Solano Mysteries
    Bloody Shame (#2)
    Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
  • Lupe Solano Mysteries
    Bloody Secrets (#3)
    Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
  • Lupe Solano Mysteries
    A Miracle in Paradise (#4)
    Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
  • Lupe Solano Mysteries
    Havana Heat (#5)
    Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
  • Lupe Solano Mysteries
    Bitter Sugar (#6)
    Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
  • Lupe Solano Mysteries
    Bloody Twist (#7)
    Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
     

Reviews

Standalone

Magnolia
"Garcia-Aguilera creates a lovably imperfect heroine in this Pretty Woman–type tale [...] 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

"Magnolia is an enticing novel of romance and growing up. Very much recommended reading."

Midwest Book Review

"Magnolia is so sexy and sultry, it should be dripping sweat among other body fluids. Part romance, part sports Kama Sutra, part marvelous fun, this pay-to-play page turner of a beautiful woman's journey as a sports geisha is as caliente and entertaining as Miami itself."

Brian Antoni, author of SOUTH BEACH: THE NOVEL

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

"An entertaining romp."

Booklist

One Hot Summer
“Garcia-Aguilera perfectly captures the conflicts of these cosseted Cuban-American women. Her tongue-in-cheek humor enlivens the situations she describes with intimate familiarity [in] this zesty tale [...] 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

"Tropical politics, culture and identity [...] are at the center of ONE HOT SUMMER [...] Garcia Aguilera creates human characters we can empathize with."

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Lupe Solano Mysteries

Bloody Waters (#1)
“Immediately engaging, written in a witty, straightforward style spiced by Lupe’s wry observations on Cuban-American family life.”

Miami Herald

“A talent worth watching.”

Kirkus

“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

Bloody Shame (#2)
”A free-spirited heroine, some wry humor, and an insider’s look at an unfamiliar milieu are pluses here.”

Kirkus

“[Garcia-Aguilera] weaves in the nuances of the Hispanic community with finesse.”

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“BLOODY SHAME is a deliberate and meticulously constructed mystery. [Garcia-Aguilera's] lead character, Lupe Solano is sassy and smart, an extremely likeable heroine.”

Boulder Planet

Bloody Secrets (#3)
“With sharp-edged characters and some profound probing of moral ambiguities, the latest Lupe Solano tale is suspenseful, provocative and satisfying.”

Publishers Weekly

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

Harriet Klausner

A Miracle in Paradise (#4)
“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.

Booklist

“Gritty 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

Havana Heat (#5)
“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

Bitter Sugar (#6)
“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 (#7)
“The narrative style in BLOODY TWIST is light and breezy, and appropriate to the characters and setting.”

Mysterious Reviews

Awards & Accolades

Standalone

Lupe Solano Mysteries

A Miracle in Paradise (#4)
USA

Winner Flamingo Award: 1999 “Best Mystery Novel Set in Florida”

Havana Heat (#5)
USA

Winner Shamus Award: 2000 “Best Private Eye Novel”