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Denied (A Kelly Pruett Mystery)
by Mary Keliikoa
Denied (A Kelly Pruett Mystery)
Cozy Mystery/Woman Sleuth
2nd in Series
Publisher : Camel Press (May 11, 2021)
Paperback : 226 pages
ISBN-10 : 1603817832
ISBN-13 : 978-1603817837
Digital ASIN : B08V3G2Z73
A high-risk pregnancy. A dangerous secret. When her case turns deadly, can this investigator avoid racking up a fatal debt?
Despite her injuries, PI Kelly Pruett is eager to get back to work. So when a mommy-to-be hires her to locate her estranged dad, Kelly is thankful for the straightforward missing-persons case. But as she rummages through his trash in search of clues, she uncovers gambling debts to gangsters… and a blood-soaked severed finger.
With her investigation no longer cut-and-dried, Kelly’s hunt takes a deadly turn when her quarry is found driven off a cliff to his doom. And she’ll need more than her cop boyfriend’s help to expose the truth when the mob sends her a cease-and-desist notice with an explosive ending.
Can the determined detective take on the mafia and make it out alive?
PI Kelly Pruett is back in yet another roller coaster of a story. When an old classmate Steph hires Kelly to look for her missing father Vince, her investigation leads to discover the missing man had gambling debt and mafia ties – both of which could account for his disappearance. Her trail seemingly comes to an end when his car is discovered in a creek, with his body – the police deem it to a fatal accident though his daughter doesn’t want to believe it to be so and asks Kelly to keep investigating.
What started as a simple missing case now turns to a murder investigation for Kelly, and it brings her more than she bargained for when she is warned off looking into it anymore by the mafia.
This was a great story and one that will keep you on your toes, Kelly is juggling her job, co-parenting her deaf child Mitz with her ex-husband and her new relationship with Kyle! To say Kelly has lot going is an understatement, but she is one tough cookie and strong woman to boot.
I am loving the series and cant wait see what is in store for her next.
About Mary Keliikoa
Mary Keliikoa is the author of the Shamus finalist and Lefty, Agatha and Anthony award nominated PI Kelly Pruett mystery series and the upcoming Misty Pines mystery series featuring Portland homicide detective turned small town sheriff 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.
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