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Product Details

  • Series: A Cate Harlow Private Investigation
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Koehler Books (November 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940192714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940192710
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Advance Previews of FOR I HAVE SINNED:

Greg Archer, 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. Private investigator Cate Harlow handles the case of a missing boy, a murderer, and a pedophile priest with a perfect combination of hard-nosed detective skills, gut instinct, wry humor, and compassion. A very satisfying read by Kristen Houghton. This is a fascinatingly crafted story that is a true page turner."

Book critic A.William Hopper

Private Investigator Cate Harlow makes her literary debut and rocks the reading world with her style, intelligence, sex appeal, and passion for solving a murder case on her own terms.

For I Have Sinned (A Cate Harlow Private Investigation) is the first of a series which showcases this phenomenal female private investigator created by the brilliant writer, also phenomenal female, Kristen Houghton.

If you enjoy a good read, ...prepare yourself for a GREAT read. This is sure to hit the best-seller lists!

Melissa, The Morris Post Book Review

A perfectly wonderful book by Kristen Houghton. What appears to be crimes of revenge are interwoven with the cold case of a boy who has been missing for ten years. This book was hard to put down.

As the clues are slowly revealed, the true story of an unthinkable crime that was committed begins to come to light. The main character of Cate Harlow, PI, of Cate Harlow Private Investigations, captured, and held my interest from beginning to end. Cate tells her clients, "I'm very good at what I do," and she is!


Maria Rago, Ph.D.,author of Shut Up Skinny Bitches!
This book makes a powerful statement about the horrifying issue of child sexual abuse by clergy.  A master observer of people and life... Kristen Houghton's book  is a must read thriller for all."

Marla Rosenthal, Sacramento Book Reviewer 

A missing person cold case, a murdered priest; How are they connected? Private investigator Cate Harlow is determined to find out. This book gave me everything that a reader wants in a thriller and introduced me to characters I want to see again and again in future books in the series.   


From the Author

"What's in the news is a story unto itself. I wanted to take the ongoing scandal of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, which has been very much in the news over the past few years, coupled with the fictitious cold case of a boy gone missing ten years ago, to weave a story that would become a thriller with several twists and unexpected turns. I also wanted to create a strong woman private investigator with a wry sense of humor who plays tennis to alleviate the stress in her job. Whacking that ball against the tennis wall gives her focus!

My character of Cate Harlow is  very good at what she does; she's tough, relentless, and goes by a strong "gut instinct". At the same time, she is also very human. She's involved with two men, her ex-husband NYC homicide detective Will Benigni who can't understand why the two of them can't get back together, and her current love interest, the city's top-notch, Medical Examiner, Giles Barrett.
Cate's loyal to her best friend, upper class "lady-of-the evening", Melissa, gives twenty dollars a week to Bo the neighborhood homeless man in the hopes that he'll buy food along with his beer, and allows herself to be slightly mothered by her part-time secretary, the prim and proper, former teacher, Myrtle Goldberg Tuttle. Cate's compassionate too; she can't say no to the sad-eyed woman who asks her help in finding her missing brother even though it has been a decade since he has been gone.

She's also tenacious and when her ex-husband asks her to "just consult, this is not your case," on  the murder of a man wearing only a priest's collar, she treats the case as her own private investigation. After all, it is exactly like the unsolved case she was involved in less than a year ago.

This book was fun to write. I loved creating the characters of Cate and company and they will be featured prominently in A Cate Harlow Private Investigation series. I enjoyed writing the dark humor in "Welcome to Hell" and the satire in "No Woman Diets Alone-There's Always a Man Behind Her eating a Doughnut". Cate Harlow, though, lives in my secret self and has been asking to be written for quite some time now.

Enjoy reading FOR I HAVE SINNED A Cate Harlow Private Investigation. This is only the beginning for Cate!"

Kristen Houghton

More About the Author

Exciting news! Readers can now pre-order a copy of
FOR I HAVE SINNED the first book in the new series
A Cate Harlow Private Investigation
published by Koehler Books Publishing
launch date - November, 2014

"The best news is that, as is customary with all my books, 5% of the author's profits will be donated to The North Shore Animal League (a no kill shelter) and Shelters With Heart (victims of domestic violence are allowed to bring their pets). You'll be helping these fantastic charities as well as getting an exciting, satisfying read." Kristen Houghton

Kristen Houghton is an award-winning, best-selling author of the following books:
And Then I'll Be Happy!
No Woman Diets Alone- There's Always a Man Behind Her Eating a Doughnut
Welcome to Hell (a Teddy Jameson novella)
Nourishing Thoughts-The Little Book of Wise Sayings
Remember, Hetty? (a YA award-winning story)

Her portfolio includes writing a weekly column for,
blogging for The Huffington Post,contributing to More Magazine,the
San Francisco Examiner,Women,and The HorrorZine, as well as interviews
and reviews for HBO documentaries, OWN-The Oprah Winfrey
Network, and The Style Channel.

She appears regularly on TV, radio, and internet shows
as a lifestyle and humor commentator.

Kristen is a philanthropist and tireless advocate for BroadwayBarks,
North Shore Animal League (a no kill shelter), BroadwayCares Equity
Fights Aids, and St. Jude Thanks and Giving. She is also involved as
an empowerment mentor for the International Women's Health Coalition.

A California girl at heart, she and her husband, Alan reside in
the New York City area which is "magical".

For more about Kristen, her books and short stories, please visit

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Ashton on September 1, 2014
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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.

Houghton takes a lead from the headlines to discuss pedophilia in the priesthood. A year before the book opens, Cate found the body of a terribly mutilated man. The story is buried. Ten years later in current time, she takes a job to find a teen who vanished the same year as the murder. The missing person case is long cold, but Cate displays a soft heart for the downtrodden. She begins delving into what happened to the boy when her ex husband and homicide detective calls her in the middle of the night to come to a crime scene. There she sees the mutilated body of another man, this one wearing a priest's collar, a lot of blood and nothing else.

The new murder is eerily similar to the older one, although the first body wasn't identified as a priest. She is troubled by the collar and a Latin message written inside. Cate and Will, the ex, combine with Cate's current boyfriend who is the medical examiner to figure out what happened.

The book is fast paced, well written and brings to light a delightful character in Cate Harlow and a wonderful contrasting pair of lovers. This first in a series promises hours of page-turning reading.
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