Leslie Karst here, pleased to bring you another fun post from my pal, Mary Keliikoa, author of Denied, the terrific new (released yesterday!) mystery featuring PI Kelley Pruett, sequel to her Lefty, Agatha, and Anthony award-nominated Derailed. And one lucky commenter will win a copy of Denied! Take it away, Mary:
Okay – I have a confession to make. I’m one of those people who might actually enjoy Mondays. Not saying that Fridays aren’t welcome because they are for sure. But Monday is among my favorite days for a few reasons.
First, I love beginnings. Think about the first page of a book. Or the opening scene of a movie. If done right, you’re engaged for the rest of the journey. I view Mondays the same way. After a restful weekend, Monday is a new page. Most of the time, it’s a quiet start to a week, full of possibilities, and lists of things I hope to accomplish. The good news is, I haven’t reached the part of the week where I’m losing time and things aren’t getting done. So it’s all happy thoughts!
Second, it sets the tone for things to come for the week. A good Monday bodes well for Tuesday, Wednesday… you get the picture.
Third, most of the time, the world is alive on a Monday. Business is happening. Work mode is in full swing. Communication is buzzing. And I like that. I do enjoy quiet reflective times, of course. And free time to play for certain. But admittedly, I am a bit of a workaholic and I like it when the world is available!
And I’m not the only one who quite possibly has had a good outlook on Mondays. I was surprised to find how many good things happened on that day in history. For instance, Hershey Chocolate Company began manufacturing the Hershey Kiss on 7-1-1907. Who doesn’t love a good kiss?
Mickey Mouse first appeared on 1-13-1930 and the Beatles made their first big screen debut in A Hard Day’s Night on 7-6-1964. But not just fun things happened on that day. The sled dog Balto and his team reached Nome, Alaska on 2-2-1925 with the life-saving serum for the diphtheria epidemic plaguing them. And on 5-17-1954, the US Supreme Court ruled segregation of schools violated the 14th Amendment. Yes, I would say, Monday has a wonderful place in history.
Another person who loves Mondays, equally as much as I do, is my PI Kelly Pruett. She has had her daughter, Mitz, over the weekend, which of course she loves. Time with her daughter clears her mind and recharges her energy. And when Monday rolls around, she’s ready to get going and solve her next case.
Businesses are open. People are out working. Interviews can be easier in that way. She may have to wait until evening so she can follow her suspects home and see a slice of their real life, or what they’re hiding, but she does love the hustle of it all.
Kind of like me.
So you see, Mondays can be all kinds of good.
About Mary: Mary Keliikoa is the author of the Lefty and Agatha award-nominated PI Kelly Pruett mystery series and the upcoming Misty Pines mystery series featuring Sheriff Jax Turner 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.
About DENIED: 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 is the second book in the gripping Kelly Pruett Mystery series. If you like strong heroines, off-the-charts tension, and breathtaking twists, then you’ll love Mary Keliikoa’s action-packed story.
Readers: Have I convinced you yet? Do you have a favorite day of the week? What do you like about it? One lucky commentator will win a copy of my brand new mystery, Denied!