Mary Keliikoa, the author of “Deceived, A Kelly Pruett Mystery” has written a suspenseful, and intense novel. The genres are mystery and suspense. This is the third book in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. The timeline for this mystery is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her dramatic characters as complex and complicated. The protagonist, Kelly Pruett, is a single mother, who shares custody of her handicapped daughter. Kelly works as a Private Investigator, after taking over her deceased father’s business. Often, Kelly has found herself in dangerous territory.
I love the way the author describes her characters and the sights and sounds of the city. Kelly is called in to find a client’s granddaughter, and finds herself in a homeless shelter, where there are ominous and threatening things going on. There are drugs being used, and other missing girls, as well as a few murders. Kelly is clearly headed to a deadly and tragic investigation.
Kelly does have the help of a few new friends, a Police Detective Boyfriend, a half sister, and a mother-in-law. She also has a kind and lovable daughter and a friendly dog. There are secrets and betrayals. I would recommend this intriguing and captivating mystery.