Derailed by Mary Keliikoa
Book 1: PI Kelly Pruett Mystery Series
Publisher: Epicenter Press
Publication Date: May 12, 2020
Format: Paperback - 232 pages
Kindle - 560 KB
ISBN: 978-1603817066ASIN: B084XX4C9D
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Book 1: Derailed
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A dying wish. A secret world.
Can this grieving investigator stay on the right track?
PI Kelly Pruett is determined to make it on her own. And juggling clients at her late father’s detective agency, a controlling ex, and caring for a deaf daughter was never going to be easy. She takes it as a good sign when a letter left by her dad ties into an unsolved case of a young woman struck by a train.
Hunting down the one person who can prove the mysterious death was not just a drunken accident, Kelly discovers this witness is in no condition to talk. And the closer she gets to the truth the longer her list of sleazy suspects with murderous motives grows. Each clue exposes another layer of the victim’s steamy double life.
Can Kelly pinpoint the murderer, or is she on the fast track to disaster?
My Book Review:
In Derailed, book one of the PI Kelly Pruett Mystery Series, author Mary Keliikoa transports the reader to Portland, Oregon for an intriguing private investigator mystery story that will keep the reader guessing and turning the pages.
PI Kelly Pruett inherited R & K Investigations from her father Roger, after he suddenly died from a stroke. The past year has been difficult as she grieves her father's death, while also dealing with her ex-husband Jeff, and his meddling mother Arlene.
When Georgette Hanson comes into the agency looking to hire Roger to investigate her daughter Brooke's death, Kelly remembers a letter that her father attached to his will, requesting that she assist Georgette if she needs help without asking why. With her father's request in mind, Kelly agrees to take on her first investigative case.
As Kelly delves into the case, the more she learns about Brooke, the more she discovers that Brooke wasn't who her family thought she was, and that her death may not have been accidental after all. The more information Kelly discovers, the more danger, potential motives, and suspects are added to the list, and one of them is determined to stop Kelly before she reveals the truth of Brooke's death at any cost.
Author Mary Keliikoa weaves a fast-paced and suspenseful tale written in the first person narrative that follows Kelly's first investigation to uncover the truth behind the death of Brooke Hanson.
I loved reading this action-packed story. Kelly's first foray into being a PI kept me intrigued as her investigative techniques were put to the test. The reader will be easily drawn into this richly descriptive plot that will keep them guessing as family secrets, a growing list of possible suspects, motives, and clues are uncovered. And if that's not enough, Kelly also has to deal with personal issues with her ex-husband over the shared custody of their deaf eight year old daughter Mitz, a meddling mother-in-law, the unexpected revelation of a family secret, and a budding romance thrown into the mix.
Derailed has enough drama, tension, action, dark secrets, intrigue, a touch of romance, and unexpected twists and turns that will take the reader on one heck of a thrilling roller coaster ride.
RATING: 4 STARS
About The Author
Mary Keliikoa spent the first 18 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. She has had a short story published in Woman’s World and is the author of the PI Kelly Pruett Mystery Series.
At home in Washington, she enjoys spending time with her family and her writing companions/fur-kids. When not at home, 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.
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