She was born in Havana in 1949. She moved to the United States when she was 10. She went to Miss Porters in Farmington, Connecticut, for high school, before graduating from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, with B.A. in history and political science.
She became a private investigator in 1986 with a goal of writing a series featuring a female Cuban-American P.I. based in Miami. Garcia-Aguilera is the author of ten books, seven in the Lupe Solano series.
Lupe Solano series:
- Bloody Waters (1996)
- Bloody Shame (1997)
- Bloody Secrets (1998)
- A Miracle in Paradise (1999)
- Havana Heat (2000)
- Bitter Sugar (2001)
- One Hot Summer (2002); made into a movie by Lifetime Television
- Luck of the Draw (2003)
- Bloody Twist (2010)
- Magnolia (2012)
- page 87, Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd Ed. by Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, 2007, publ. Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33428-5
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