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General Information

Name:  Cynthia Pelayo  

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Genre: Fiction Mystery Poetry

Audience: Adult;


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Pelayo was raised in inner city Chicago. She still lives in Chicago today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cynthia "Cina" Pelayo is a two-time Bram Stoker Awards nominated poet and author. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Master of Science in Marketing, a Master of Fine Arts in Writing, and is a Doctoral Candidate in Business Psychology.


Children of Chicago , ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED CRIME BOOKS OF 2021 CrimeReads, ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES OF 2021 Book Riot, ONE OF THE 11 CRIME NOVELS YOU SHOULD READ THIS FEBRUARY CrimeReads, ONE OF 2021'S MOST ANTICIPATED NEW RELEASES Books in The Freezer, Starred Reviews - Publishers Weekly and Library Journal

Into The Forest And All The Way Through , Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

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Children of Chicago
ISBN: 1951709209. OCLC Number: 1162745667

Agora Books. .

When Detective Lauren Medina sees the calling card at a murder scene in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, she knows the Pied Piper has returned. When another teenager is brutally murdered at the same lagoon where her sister's body was found floating years before, she is certain that the Pied Piper is not just back, he's looking for payment he's owed from her. Lauren's torn between protecting the city she has sworn to keep safe, and keeping a promise she made long ago with her sister's murderer. She may have to ruin her life by exposing her secrets and lies to stop the Pied Piper before he collects.--Publisher.

Into The Forest And All The Way Through
ISBN: 1735693618. OCLC Number: 1236905907

Burial Day Books. .

... a collection of true crime poetry, explores the cases of over one hundred missing and murdered women in the United States--

ISBN: 1477695621. OCLC Number: 951282899

CreateSpace. .

Poems of My Night
ISBN: 1935738887. OCLC Number: 965631974

Raw Dog Screaming Press. .

Santa Muerte
ISBN: 0984730494. OCLC Number: 1249949228

Burial Day Books. .

In life, sometimes the only thing that can save you is death. Ariana Molina is a high school senior living in secret in Chicago, in hopes her father's enemies do not find her. One day her father Reynaldo Molina, the lead federal investigator in Mexico targeting criminal organizations, arrives unexpectedly at her doorstep. After he is involved in a strange car accident that leaves on person dead, Ari begins to have visions of a veiled skeletal figure trying to lure her. Struggling with visions of gruesome ghosts in the day and night, Ari is soon stalked by Chicago street gang members suspicious of her real identity. When Ari discovers they are indeed members of Mexico's most ruthless drug cartel who want her and her father dead, she has to make a choice to save their life and only Santa Muerte, the saint of death, can help her--Back cover.

The Missing (Santa Muerte) (Volume 2)
ISBN: 0692736085. OCLC Number:

Post Mortem Press. .