Cate Harlow's back with a new adventure that keeps the reader on the edge of her seat from page one to page last. When Myrtle, Cate's secretary and office general, leads a new client into the office, Cate is struck by the woman's exquisite beauty. Accompanied by her fiance, Jennifer Brooks-Warren tells Cate wants to hire her to find and stop a contract killer who is going to kill her on her twenty-fifth birthday. Deft questions from Cate lead Jennifer to reveal she's taken the hit out on herself. She's now changed her mind.
This revelation plunges Cate, her detective boyfriend and ex-husband Will and her once lover, Dr. Gates, the medical examiner, into a chase to find the hitman before he fulfills his contract.
Two minor story arcs, Myrtle's suspicion that her husband Harry is having an affair and Cate's best friend's worry about the exhumation of the body of one of her "clients" add new levels of suspense. It's the central story that keeps the reader turning pages as quickly as she can.
I can't wait for book three, due out in 2016. Write on, Kristen Houghton, right now.
Betsy Ashton, author Mad Max Unintended Consequences
My idea of a good storyteller is that the bad guys aren't totally evil and the good guys aren't insufferable saints. For this reason alone, Kristen Houghton is a fine storyteller. Add in some clever twists and turns, some sassy humor and a bit of sex appeal and you've got a winner. I found Grave Misgivings to be an excellent lazy weekend read and will definitely buy the next one.
Karen T. Bartlett, Gulfshore Life Magazine
Cate Harlow, Private Investigator is the main character in Kristen Houghton's new novel, "Grave Misgivings". I think Kristen has done a great job in bringing Cate's persona and her investigative agency to life, who for me is reminiscent of the series "Hart to Hart" a TV series in the early 1980's. The book is written in First Person which is really very difficult to do; but, Kristen managed the task, for the most part, with just a few areas of redundancy. Overall I found the book engaging and enjoyable.
Sahron Valenti, author