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Cate Harlow’s best ex-husband and the love of her life, NYC Detective Will Benigni has been shot and is in a dangerous dance with life-and-death at Lenox Hospital.

His captain tells Cate that this was no random act of violence. This was an outright murder attempt on Will’s life. Whoever shot him wanted him dead.

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Unrepentant

CATE HARLOW'S best friend, the lovely "lady of the New York City evening" Melissa Aubrincourt asks Cate and Cate's ex-husband, NYPD Detective Will Benigni to come to New Orleans. Her beloved Tante Anjali, the woman who raised Melissa, has been arrested for murder.

What she doesn't tell Cate is that she needs her to conduct a private investigation into this murder of a notorious voodoo priestess who had been accused of kidnapping girls for a sex trade. 

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Grave Misgivings

 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. Read More

 
Sins of the Fathers

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. ... Read More

 
Welcome to Hell

"The impact of this little novel stays with you long after you turn the last page. You can enjoy the dark humor and cleverness of the storyline and leave it at that, or you can allow the deeper philosophy to simmer around in your head long afterward, as it did with me. It wouldn't be nice to reveal more, but at the very least, Welcome to Hell is an entertaining read and a lively conversation starter."

Reviewed by Karen Bartlett of Gulfshore Life Magazine

The Anchoress

Two young lovers may see their new life together torn apart when the bride discovers the horrifying secret her family has been keeping for generations. Ceci and Reynard live in small town in France and are childhood acquaintances with vastly different lifestyles. Reynard's family suffers the inevitable curse of the poor; lack of food and a decent place to live, fatal childhood diseases, and a beloved mother dying slowly of consumption....

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No Woman Diet Alone

"A funny, irreverent romp through marital misadventures told completely tongue-in-cheek by Kristen Houghton, the best new humor writer we've read in a long time! Fresh and charmingly funny! Houghton takes relationships to a new level of hilarity." Since being launched on December 1, 2011, it has stayed  in the top 50 books of the new year.

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.


Kirkus Review says:"Hetty and Deidre will win your hearts in this short story by phenomenal new writer of the supernatural, Kristen Houghton.

Winner of the Writers Guild Review Best New Young Adult Fiction award.

And Then I'll Be Happy

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.

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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.