Lefty, Agatha and Anthony nominated author Mary Keliikoa

I’m the author of the PI Kelly Pruett mystery series which features a tenacious young woman who has inherited her father’s detective agency. I’ve also had short stories appear in Woman’s World, and in the anthology Peace, Love and Crime: Crime Fiction Inspired by Songs of the ’60s.

For years, I worked as a legal secretary, giving me a front row seat on 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?

I've been writing since I was in my thirties, but when I celebrated my 50th birthday not so long ago, that was a pivot point. It’s when I realized it was time to double down. That’s where this part of my story begins with my latest novels.

When I’m not at home in Washington, you can find me on a beach in Hawaii where I recharge with my husband of 30 years. But even under the palm trees and blazing sun, I’m plotting my next murder—novel that is.  

Author Bio

Mary Keliikoa is the author of the Lefty and Agatha award nominated PI Kelly Pruett mystery series and the upcoming Misty Pines mystery series featuring Sheriff Jax Turner slated for release in September 2022. Her short stories have appeared in Woman's World and in the anthology Peace, Love and Crime: Crime Fiction Inspired by Music of the ‘60s. A Pacific NW native, she spent a part of her life working around lawyers. Combining her love of legal and books, she creates a twisting mystery where justice prevails.

When not in Washington, you can find Mary on the beach in Hawaii where she and her husband recharge. But even under the palm trees and blazing sun, she’s plotting her next murder—novel that is.