A P.I. KELLY PRUETT MYSTERY
By Mary Keliikoa
Private detective Kelly Pruett is 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 in DERAILED: A P.I. Kelly Pruett Mystery (Camel Press; May 12, 2020). 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 to prove herself, and find something to call her own outside of marriage and motherhood, she realizes she’s being stalked. Taking a frying pan to the face jars her into the realization that she’s 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?
MARY KELIIKOA is a former legal secretary who uses the legal system as a lens to discover what makes people tick. From the first petition filed to preparation for trial, she takes legal maneuverings to a new level as her characters overcome obstacles to find meaning and purpose in a crazy world.
A PI Kelly Pruett Mystery
By Mary Keliikoa
Camel Press; May 12, 2020
Trade paperback: $15.95; Kindle $5.95
Pages: 236; ISBN-13: 978-1-60381-706-6“Keliikoa offers believable characters, valid motives, a shifting cast of suspects, and an appealing protagonist, who balances her life as a divorced mother of an eight-year-old daughter with her increasingly chaotic career. This is definitely a series to watch.”
— Publishers Weekly
"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,
“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