Gabriela Ruiz is a sex crimes prosecutor in Tuckford County and runs The Mamacita Club, a community outreach effort from her chrome Vintage Airstream motorhome. She travels with her girlfriends around the county to reach at-risk women. Women affected by drugs, gang and domestic violence, sex crimes, and broken homes–they’re all in The Mamacita Club. Gaby has spent all of her professional life seeking justice for others. But it is not until Laura goes missing, that Gaby is able to start searching for justice for herself and begin to fix her own guilt-ridden past for not protecting her mom from an abusive relationship–this time to save her own life and seek closure over her own mother’s death.
Review: The Mamacita Murders by Debra Mares is an excellent read, that I highly recommend. The author is a lawyer so, the book seems true-to-life in many aspects of this crime story. I really like lead character Gaby. Despite and perhaps because of, tragic events in her past Gaby who is a prosecutor makes it her life mission to help at-risk women. Because of this passion she is drawn into a case that endangers her life and those of the members of the Mamacita Club. Gaby has a lot of character and sass and is the kind of friend I'd love to have in real life. Gaby's friends - the other leaders of the Mamacita Club - are excellent secondary characters and play a strong role in helping Gaby uncover truths about herself and find her own path. Ms. Mares is an excellent writer and I will be looking for future books penned by her.