Release Date: May 10, 2022
About The Book:
PI Kelly Pruett finally feels like she’s coming into her own. With her personal life well on track, a gig uncovering what drove a client’s granddaughter underground could be good for business. But after her undercover operation at the homeless shelter reveals rampant drug dealing, she’s suddenly kicked off the case… just as another girl goes missing.
Vowing to expose the truth even if it means pro-bono work, Kelly is taken aback when her half-sister helps her hunt down answers in a tent city brimming with distrust. When her investigation doesn’t move quickly enough to save a second woman from a vicious murder, Kelly doubles her efforts unwilling to accept defeat.
About The Author:
Mary Keliikoa is the author of the Shamus Finalist, and Lefty, Agatha and Anthony nominated PI Kelly Pruett mystery series. She has had short stories published in Woman’s World and in the anthology Peace, Love and Crime: Crime Fiction Inspired by Songs of the ’60s. Her new series set in the fictional Oregon coastal town of Misty Pines features a former Portland homicide detective turned small town sheriff and will be out September 2022.
A Pacific NW native, she spent the first years of her adult life working around lawyers. Combining her love of all things legal and books, she creates a twisting mystery where justice prevails. At home in Washington, she enjoys spending time with her family and her fur-kids. When not at home, you can find Mary on a beach on the Big Island where even under the palm trees and blazing sun she’s plotting her next murder—novel that is.http://www.marykeliikoa.com/
Winning series and debut launch…. This is definitely a series to watch.” –Publisher’s Weekly
“A solid sequel with a relatable detective and an enjoyably knotty plot… As she did in her first Pruett novel, Keliikoa deftly marshals the story’s twisty interconnections, doing a fine job of keeping readers oriented as things march toward an ending with several surprises instore.” –Kirkus Reviews
“A satisfying mystery novel…that grows more complex the more Kelly finds out, resulting in unexpected and engrossing surprises.” –Foreword Reviews
Following up on a multi-award nominated debut mystery is no easy task, but Mary Keliikoa succeeds and then some in DENIED. In Kelly Pruett, Keliikoa has created a three dimensional private eye whose humanity and determination make you both want to root for her and ride along next to her on an investigative thrill ride. Bravo! –Matt Coyle, Shamus, Anthony and Lefty Award-winning author
“Intelligent, tightly plotted, and satisfying. Kelly Pruett is a new PI on the scene and I’m eager for her next case.” –Dianne Freeman, Agatha and Lefty award winning author of the Countess of Harleigh mysteries
“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, acclaimed author of Blackout and Miami Midnight
“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 of the Roxane Weary mystery series
Debut, DERAILED, has been Nominated for Lefty, Agatha, Anthony and Shamus awards.
DENIED is shortlisted for a Chatincleer Suspense/Thriller Award.
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