Derailed A P.I. Kelly Pruett Mystery by Mary Keliikoa

Her late father’s request to help a grieving client puts single mom PI on a crash course with her complicated family and a killer determined to keep the truth hidden.

You haven’t heard of private detective Kelly Pruett yet, but she’s about to join ranks of mystery’s most clever and crafty female sleuths, such as Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum or Alexander McCall Smith’s Precious Ramotswe.

Pruett reflects the real dilemmas of modern women. Pruett must balance between being a single mother to her deaf daughter and following in her father’s footsteps as a private investigator.

After years of being her father’s apprentice, Pruett has inherited the family private detective agency. Dad never trained her for a major murder investigation; serving divorce papers and long stakeouts with her basset hound are more her speed. Her ex-husband—and his mother—think her work is too risky. But detective work is in her blood; puzzles are her passion. When a grieving mother begs her to investigate her daughter’s death, how can she refuse?

As Kelly sets out o prove herself and find something to call her own outside of marriage and motherhood, she realizes she is being stalked. Taking a frying pan to the face jars her into the realization that she is stronger than anyone believes—even herself. Dad wasn’t the only Pruett with pit bull tendencies when it comes to solving a case, including one with ties to Portland’s BDSM subculture. As sordid secrets emerge, she must decide: is justice worth it?

 

“It’s that perfect blend of personal and professional that makes Derailed a welcome addition to the genre. I can’t wait to follow both Kelly and Keliikoa’s careers.” Kellye Garrett, Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty Award-winning author Hollywood Homicide 

“Derailed has it all: an engaging heroine, a twisty, twisted crime, and plenty of food for thought about families and their secrets. I loved this debut and can’t wait to read about Kelly Pruett’s next case”. Kristen Lepionka, Shamus Award-winning author, the Roxane Weary mystery series

Mary Keliikoa’s debut novel is an important addition to the PI genre – strong with voice, a compelling protagonist in Kelly Pruett, and unforgettable family secrets. Derailed was hard to put down – and I can’t wait to read the next book in this crackling new series.”   Alex Segura, author, Blackout and Miami Midnight

Available for sale on Amazon.

236 Pages | Trade Paperback | Price $15.95 | eBook $5.95 | ISBN-13: 978-1-60381-706-6

 

Mary Keliikoa spent the first 18 years of her adult life working around lawyers. Combining her love of all things legal and books, she dove into mystery creating twisting mysteries where justice prevails. A Pacific Northwest native, she enjoys the area in all its beauty. When she’s not there, you can find Mary on a beach on the Big Island where she and her husband recharge. But even under the palm trees and blazing sun she’s plotting her next murder—novel that is.

“Years spent around the legal profession made me realize you have to write your own story to make sure justice prevails.” Mary Keliikoa

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