Books and Upcoming Releases

Cate Harlow is back and solving a murder in New Orleans in:

UNREPENTANT: Pray for Us Siiners coming December, 2016

 

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A Cate Harlow Private Investigation series

GRAVE MISGIVINGS A Cate Harlow Private Investigation 

 PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR Cate Harlow has a terrified new client. A woman named Jennifer Brooks-Warren has come to Catherine Harlow, Private Investigations in desperate need of help; a contract has been put out on her life. Her request is for Cate Harlow to find the professional assassin who has been hired to kill her before he fulfills his contract, something he seems more than able to do considering that he is "a ghost,"the best and most elusive professional eliminator in the world and is off the radar as far as contact goes. Making it all the harder for the intrepid Cate is the name of the person responsible for taking out the contract killing in the first place. It's none other than Jennifer Brooks-Warren herself! Add to the mix the fact that Cate's best friend, Melissa fears the body of one of her former "clients" is about to be exhumed with incriminating evidence of his strange erotic interests, her ex-husband and sometime lover, Detective Will Benigni is driving her crazy studying for his long postponed Bar exam, and her solid-as-a-rock secretary Myrtle Goldberg Tuttle is certain that her loving husband, pastry-baking accountant Harry is cheating on her, and you have the makings of a perfect blend of mystery, thriller, and humor in one page-turning novel. "A master of well-told stories, Houghton deftly layers crime, assassins, and ordinary people in a thriller that readers will enjoy immensely! PI Cate Harlow is the new Queen of Crime!" Victoria Charles, The Examiner "Wild, witty, and utterly irresistible, Houghton perfectly choreographs all the moves in this outstanding mystery murder novel. Wonderful back stories with supporting characters as well!" Carole Nelson Douglas, best-selling author

 

The Huffington Post

 A masterfully woven story about the horrors of the sex abuse scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church and the impact on both victims and their families. A missing boy cold case, three murdered priests, and a PI who finds the bizarre connection between the two." Greg Archer, The Huffington Post

 

"Kristen Houghton proves there is room for one more tough, sexy PI with the introduction of Cate Harlow, who takes her place alongside PI Warshawski and Stephanie Plum. Brava Kristen! A great read!"  Betsy Ashton, Goodreads 5 out of 5 stars! 

Private investigator Cate Harlow finds herself involved in two cases that seemingly have nothing to do with each other; she soon discovers they may be bizarrely connected. While working the cold case of a boy who went missing ten years ago, she receives an early morning call from her ex-husband, a homicide detective, informing her about a recent murder; the horribly mutilated body of a priest, wearing only a clerical collar has just been found off of Interstate 95 in New York. The murder is eerily similar to a troublesome and unsolved case that Cate worked on less than a year ago. The only difference between the two victims is that the second dead body has a hand-written message in Latin scrawled across the inside of the priestly collar; a message from Dante's Divine Comedy, "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here." With the priests’ murders heavily on her mind, Cate's investigation into the missing boy leads her to the august office of a New Jersey archbishop who, she strongly believes, has been hiding pedophile priests for years by transferring them from one parish to another. When Cate discovers that there may be a solid connection between the priest murders and the missing person cold case, she puts her own life on the line to not only solve her cold case but bring a pedophile to justice.

FOR I HAVE SINNED has a readers' guide on LitLovers Book Club  Discuss characters, storylines, and background about the book with other readers!

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Meet the FOR I HAVE SINNED characters


 

Book critic Greg Archer

"Cate Harlow made her literary debut and rocked the reading world with her style, intelligence, beauty, sex appeal and passion for solving a murder case on her own terms. If you enjoy a good read,  prepare yourself for a GREAT read. Highly recommended."

 

As is customary with all my books, 5% of the book sales will be donated to these charities:

The North Shore Animal League (a no kill shelter)

Shelters With Heart (for victims of domestic violence and their pets).

You'll be helping these fantastic charities as well as getting an exciting, satisfying read.

FOR I HAVE SINNED A Cate Harlow Private Investigation

Private investigator Cate Harlow finds herself involved in two cases that seemingly have nothing to do with each other; she soon discovers they may be bizarrely connected. While working the cold case of a boy who went missing ten years ago, she receives an early morning call from her ex-husband, a homicide detective, informing her about a recent murder; the horribly mutilated body of a priest, wearing only a clerical collar has just been found off of Interstate 95 in New York. The murder is eerily similar to a troublesome and unsolved case that Cate worked on less than a year ago. The only difference between the two victims is that the second dead body has a hand-written message in Latin scrawled across the inside of the priestly collar; a message from Dante's Divine Comedy, "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here."

A romantic tale of terror new novella available now

Welcome to Hell

Teddy Jameson awakens nude and confused in what appears to be a tropical paradise. His guide looks like Brad Pitt and the grounds look like a Sandals Resort. Nice, right? The only problem is that his guide has greeted him with these solemn words, "Mr. Theodore Carter Hugh Jameson, may I be the first to welcome you to Hell."

 Hell? Seriously?

That Hell seems to be an upscale and very expensive Caribbean resort and the man his guide introduces as the Devil appears to be a genial blonde-haired host in white shorts, polo shirt and sneakers with a passion for tennis, certainly adds to Teddy's confusion. Where's the fire and brimstone? Where are the horns and long pointed tail usually associated with the Devil? If this is Hell, it has certainly had a makeover.

Stolen Property

The stories in STOLEN PROPERTY have twists and turns that keep the reader delightfully surprised and endings that make us satisfyingly scared. The short stories Funeral Meats and Stolen Property are delightfully ghoulish and Publish Me should be a favorite of every author who has ever thought of getting their work published by any means available to them.

The book has two previously published award-winning stories, Beware the Christmas Angels, a frightening modern take on Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Remember, Hetty? a gentle supernatural story on remembrance and love.

Highly recommended!"

West Coast Best Books Review  W. Post

No Woman Diets Alone-

There's Always a Man Behind Her Eating a Doughnut

"Marriage is the one miracle the Vatican has yet to acknowledge."

A hilarious collection of short essays about the misadventures of marriage in which author Kristen Houghton proves that staying married is indeed some sort of cosmic miracle. Nothing is off-limits as she tackles everything from:
* dieting: ("I live with a husband I call "The Thin Man" who is the same weight he was in college, believes food is something I should enjoy not avoid, and is firmly convinced that a hot fudge death-by-chocolate sundae at Ice Cream Charlie's solves all life's problems.")
* the battle of gender legalese: ("Said property to be owned by Alan Hopper and... Kristen, his wife? That's like saying ...and Lassie, his dog!"

 

Remember, Hetty?

This is a sweet, poignant story of two sisters, their interwoven lives, their longings and regrets, but most of all, a story of remembering. The desire to have someone share memories and past moments of our lives with us is a powerful need. Life is made up of remembrances both mundane and life-changing.

"A short story by phenomenal new writer of the supernatural, Kristen Houghton."   Kirkus Reviews

 

THE HAPPINESS BOOKS

And Then I'll Be Happy!

True stories and practical advice for wome which include: how to become more confident, make crucial life-changing decisions, and "live your life on your own terms!"

This book is for anyone who has ever sacrificed her own happiness trying to make someone else happy who has assigned her happiness, one more time, to some future date in a galaxy far, far away. It is no big deal, right? Your happiness can wait. And-guess what?!-it does.

But it doesn't have to. With And Then I'll Be Happy!, relationship writer and former saboteur of her own happiness, Kristen Houghton, gives women the tools they need to shake off the unhappiness epidemic.

 

Nourishing Thoughts: The Little Book of Wise Sayings

A small book of thoughtful sayings, and short tales that will teach you how to nourish the “self within” and become whole. Each segment begins with a life statement and ends with a "nourishing thought" coming from an eclectic mix of writers, historical figures, actors, and ancient spiritual sages. From Mark Twain to Buddha to Katharine Hepburn to Julius Caesar, to a surprisingly, serious statement made by the Queen of Comedy, Lucille Ball, the sayings offer practical advice on living a nourishing, positive life. Each “nourishing thought” will help you towards having your own 'great sense of self'.