But a twist of fate changed her life. After an unexpected inheritance gave her hope, her client had extensive cosmetic surgery and began a new life far away from the small, rural Virginia town where she had lived. Since she looked so different and was not the same person she had been, she assumed the hit man had kept her money and forgotten all about her. So apparently does Cate as she tells her client, "It's been two years, Ms. Brooks-Warren. Maybe he's kept the retainer fee and forgotten about you." But it seems he hasn't forgotten; her client is receiving ominous notes and messages, one of which states: "25 is special. Can't wait until your birthday!" This hit man, known as The Eliminator, has every intention of completing the job for which he was hired. Fantastic thriller! Brooke Elliott, Miami Herald
From the Author
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. I created 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!
This series is fun to write. I loved creating the characters of Cate and company and all will be featured prominently in the 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" but Cate Harlow has been asking to be written for quite some time now.
Cate Harlow will be back in UNREPENTANT: Pray for Us Sinners in Summer, 2016. Until then, I hope you enjoy her new adventure in the thriller, GRAVE MISGIVINGS."