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Denied (A Kelly Pruett Mystery)
by Mary Keliikoa
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Denied (A Kelly Pruett Mystery)
Cozy Mystery/Woman Sleuth
2nd in Series
Publisher : Camel Press (May 11, 2021)
Paperback : 226 pages
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?
Denied book review
Denied is the second book in the Kelly Pruett Mystery series; and, like Derailed (Book 1), it’s another 5 star rating from me. For the past several months, Kelly’s PI caseload has been pretty dull…which means safe, and that’s just fine with her ex-husband, ex-mother-in-law, and current boyfriend. Her last case put her in a lot of danger and left her pretty battered. Just when she’s finally almost at 100%, a case comes in. And this case will be anything but safe.
Since the case comes from a former classmate, Kelly can’t say no. She’s hired to look for the classmate’s missing dad. Granted, she hadn’t talked to him much in the past several years, but now that she’s expecting a baby, she wants her dad in her life. All of her efforts to reach him have been in vain, so Kelly agrees to look for her friend’s estranged dad. Finding him should be easy, right? Go to his house, look for some clues, and probably find out that he’s taken a trip out of the country. But what she finds is a bloody finger in the trash and lots of evidence of gambling.
And Kelly’s back in the business of being a real PI who gets into sticky, dangerous situations. Those sticky, dangerous situations make Denied such an exciting read. Action abounds throughout this mystery book. Along with the action, multiple clues are discovered, and you’ll think you’ve got the case solved. Like Derailed, you’ll be guessing until those final chapters.
I really enjoyed getting to know the main characters in this series a little better. Kelly is a strong female protagonist to whom many of us can relate. She’s got people who care about her, and she finds that she cares for some of them more than she’d previously thought. Furthermore, the characters who are essential to only this mystery are very strong supporting characters and potential suspects.
Though you can read Denied as a stand-alone, I recommend reading Derailed first. Both are page turners that you won’t want to put down! I highly recommend this exciting mystery!
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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