"Deceived" A Kelly Pruett Mystery By Mary Keliikoa: Review/Giveaway

Review by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Kelly Pruett is a private investigator, just like her late father—or at least she wants to be just like him. She serves papers on the wayward, gets the goods on hanky panky-ish cheating husbands, and runs into a bit of physical danger as well. She’s the mom of Mitz, a deaf nine-year-old, she’s divorced from Mitz’s dad, in a relationship with Kyle, a police detective, and caretaker/BFF of Floyd, a Basset Hound.

Bernie Sokol used to rely on her dad when he needed help. It’s a sign of trust for him to call Kelly. His granddaughter, Amber, is missing, but he doesn’t want her found. He wants Kelly to investigate a homeless shelter where Amber stayed for a while. It’s obvious he’s holding back information, but she’s on the case.

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There are missing girls, one found dead from an overdose, an overly touchy-feely night guard, mysterious packets passing from hand to hand, and no one is talking. When she reports to Bernie, he tells her she’s off the case.

With two girls still missing, she’s on her own to find them and find out what’s been happening. Cryptic clues lead her from one idea to the next, sometimes catching on, sometimes missing the details.

As if that’s not enough, the sudden appearance of her half-sister, one she never wanted, is enough to disrupt her home life, but it’s not all. Ex-husband Jeff took up with her BFF, and now, they have a baby and are living together. The BFF wants to erase all traces of Kelly in their lives.

Kelly is a determined woman—determined to be as good a PI as her father, to be a great mother, and to find justice for those who have no one else to turn to. She doesn’t take extreme risks but does act impulsively at times which can put her into dangerous situations. Her relationship with Kyle is a good match for the woman she is now. He respects her work as a private investigator, she does his as a police detective. And in this case, every time you think you’ve got it figured out, there’s another twist.

This is the third book in the series. Derailed and Denied were the first two. You can start with Deceived like I did, but be warned, you’ll want to go back to the beginning and read them all.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. Sounds interesting. I'd like a print copy. glen(dot)hurlbut95993(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Thank you for the wonderful review!

  3. This sounds like a great series. I love books about PIs and appreciate any book with a dog in it. aprilbluetx at yahoo dot com

  4. Lots of twists in the plot.
    Would love to try this one.
    thanks. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. Lots going on for the characters! Sounds like a wild read.

  6. I enjoy Mary's writings. Looking forward to reading book 3 of this series.
    Karen94066 at aol. com

  7. Sounds like a great book. Looking forward to reading it. I prefer a print copy.

  8. I would love to win a print copy of this book! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Sounds like a good one! tWarner419@aol.com

  10. Deceived by Mary Keliikoa sounds like a book with lots of twists and turns!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  11. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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