Weaving Murderous Tales


Don't Ask, Don't Follow

A Novel

"...A BINGEWORTHY BEACH READ." -- Publisher's Weekly

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Murder, dark family secrets, and the unwavering bond of sisterhood— regardless of the cost

Beth Ralston, a paralegal in Portland, Oregon, would rather be racking up billable hours than mingling at an office party— especially when her sister Lindsay, aka her plus one, is a no-show.

After making her obligatory rounds, Beth returns to her office to find that her boss, who she' d talked with moments before, has been murdered. She sees a woman fleeing the scene. Wait— was that Lindsay? Unable to catch up to her in time, Beth waits for the police to arrive and notices that Lindsay has left her phone behind with an unsent text message to Beth displayed on the screen: “ Don' t ask. Don' t follow.”

Lindsay is unreachable for days, and when Beth starts to come under suspicion for the crime, she decides that waiting is impossible. While retracing Lindsay' s steps, determined to bring her home, Beth uncovers what her sister, an investigative reporter bent on changing the world, was trying to expose— corruption, secrets, and betrayal on an unimaginable level. Revealing the truth might bring back the one person she' s desperate to find— but it could also destroy the only life and family Beth' s ever known.



Other Books by Mary Keliikoa

Hidden Pieces


Can he rescue a young victim before there's another death on his conscience?

Sheriff Jax Turner is staring down the barrel of his broken past. On the brink of ending it all, he feels like a failure following his daughter's tragic passing and his subsequent divorce. But when a schoolgirl vanishes and her backpack is found in a sex offender's backseat, the weary lawman drags himself into action and vows to nail one last sociopath.


Deadly Tides


A missing surf legend. Waterlogged clues. Can he trust his gut instincts to end the wave of murder?

Sheriff Jax Turner is learning to live again. Holding tight to the hope of reconciling with his FBI agent ex-wife, the wary man is determined to keep his focus on his coastal Oregon community. And after a concerned brother requests a welfare check, Jax is troubled to find the absent surf shop owner’s tracks lead to a pool of blood.


Mary Keliikoa

I’m the author of DON'T ASK, DON'T FOLLOW, a domestic thriller, and the Silver Falchion Finalist and Ippy Silver Award-winning HIDDEN PIECES and Foreword Indie Finalist DEADLY TIDES in the Misty Pines mystery series featuring small-town Sheriff Jax Turner. In addition, I'm the author of the PI Kelly Pruett mystery series, which was a Shamus and CLUE Finalist and nominated for a Lefty, Agatha & Anthony. My short stories have appeared in Woman’s World and in the anthology Peace, Love and Crime.

For years, I worked as a legal secretary, giving me a front-row seat as to the legal maneuverings that took place every day. I loved the unfolding of a case from the first documents being run to the courthouse to preparing for trial. That love is one of many reasons I gravitated to writing mystery and suspense.

And yes, I’m that person that actually gets excited when called for jury duty.

The legal system is an incredible lens by which to see what makes people tick. This is what I infused into my novels, along with characters striving to overcome significant odds to find meaning and purpose in this crazy world. I mean, aren’t we all?

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