DERAILED, is Book 1 of my PI Kelly Pruett mystery series.
The book features a single mom who inherits her father’s PI business and sets out to prove that a young woman’s death by train is not an accident, putting her on a crash course with her complicated family and a killer determined to keep the truth hidden.
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. So 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?
If you like intricate family dynamics, sensuous secrets, and twists and turns that’ll keep you guessing, then you’ll love Derailed, the first thrilling entry in the Kelly Pruett Mystery series and a captivating whodunit!
Here's what people have to say about Derailed ...
"With Derailed, debut author Mary Keliikoa introduces us to single mom and second generation Portland PI Kelly Pruett on her very first murder investigation. The story is straight from the Kinsey Millhone school of private investigation yet still manages to create a unique and complex main character reeling from the recent death of her father and a demanding ex-husband. Kelly must decide if following her father's wishes by pursuing this case is worth possibly losing her daughter. 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 of Hollywood Homicide
“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
"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 DERAILED is a humdinger of a good read. Sharp, detailed writing, a riveting plot and well-drawn characters make it practically unputdownable. And how exciting to have another tough, smart, female PI to follow. I can’t wait for PI Kelly Pruett’s next case!"
-- Tracy Clark, author of Borrowed Time
"A request from beyond the grave, a Deaf daughter, a failed marriage, and a murder—Keliikoa mixes up the perfect recipe for a great new mystery series. Private eye Kelly Pruett is the new kid in town that will have you rooting for her to catch the killer and simultaneously discover her place in the world."
--Elena Taylor, award winning author of All We Buried and the Eddie Shoes Mystery Series
"DERAILED is a fantastic mystery debut featuring private eye Kelly Pruett, who is one smart and tough mother. Mary Keliikoa has created a compelling new PI series with twists, turns and lots of heart."
--Vanessa Lillie, Amazon bestselling author of Little Voices and For the Best