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?
I liked this debut mystery from Keliikoa. Kelly Pruett is a flawed heroine but by the end of the novel I came to like her. She is divorced and her ex cares after their deaf daughter most of the time. Kelly is having a hard time taking over her father's PI business after his death. While she frequently speaks of her devotion to her daughter, she did place investigating over time with her daughter, it seemed. I hope Kelly is able to better balance the demands in future books in the series.
The plot is complex and Kelly has to peel away lie after lie. There are many suspects and I appreciate how Kelly pursued finding information. Balancing the plot are family issues, both in Kelly's life and in the family of the murdered woman. Kelly has to handle some serious revelations about her only family too.
This series is off to a good start. I can see Kelly growing into her PI business and I look forward to the next novel featuring her.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Camel Press
Publication Date: May 12th 2020
Number of Pages: 232
ISBN: 1603817069 (ISBN13: 9781603817066)
Series: PI Kelly Pruett #1
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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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