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. As a “gifted person of magic” and powerful voodooienne rival of the murdered woman, Tante Anjali, is the prime suspect. She was found kneeling over the body of the murder victim, Fleur-Salí Cloutier, holding a bloody knife in her hands, yet she swears she did not kill her.
But Anjali Aubrincourt is more than evasive about what really happened the night of the murder. Cate believes she is protecting the real murderer, but who and why? The answer to both may come from an imaginative fairy-like child who believes in magic and a goddess named Sainte Ursule.
While Will works tirelessly with the New Orleans police and legal systems, Cate’s own private investigation into the murder takes her into the mystical and frightening heart of New Orleans voodoo magic where the dead and the living co-exist, and a possible connection to witchcraft in her own family.
About the Author
She is also the author of the acclaimed supernatural novel, Welcome to Hell-The Teddy Jameson Chronicles, and a book of essays, No Woman Diets Alone-There's Always a Man Behind Her Eating a Doughnut. She lives in the NYC area with her husband Alan, where she is hard at work on her new series, Lilith Angel, featuring a paranormal investigator with distinct powers of her own. A Cate Harlow Private Investigation will continue in Do Unto Others, book 4 of the series, due to be published in Summer, 2017.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
had the immense pleasure of reading a previous Cate Harlow book titled For I Have Sinned, and you can see my review of that book HERE. Now, as part of the continuing Cate Harlow series, author Kristen Houghton has penned a new novel tilted Unrepentant: Pray for Us Sinners. Cate (Catherine) Harlow is a smart, sassy private investigator who is determined to solve unusual and controversial cases, no matter where the facts take her. She is often accompanied by her “friends-with-benefits,” ex-husband Will, a detective of another sort: the police force. But it is Cate’s best friend Melissa that Unrepentant focuses upon. Melissa is a beautiful, high-cost escort who is gracious, classy, and…let’s just say, extremely interesting. In this book, Melissa’s aunt (Tante Anjali) is accused of murder, and so Melissa calls upon her best friend to help. What makes Unrepentant a stand-out and separated from other books about private detectives, is that Tante Anjali is a Mambo, a sorciere de bon. She is a “gifted witch of white magic.” This is where the excitement begins! The action takes place in New Orleans, the city rich in Voodoo. Houghton gets the setting and even the feeling of the city right, as evidenced in this conversation: “The New Orleans nights are beautiful and magical. You can hear the distant sound of drums from Congo Square echo against the buildings—a steady thrumming sound, muted and ethereal. And look! See the mist through the French doors? The heat of the day mixed with the cooler night air rises in steam from the still moist ground and you swear that you can see spirits all around you.” Houghton has done her homework on Voodoo. Unrepentant is detailed, and runs the gauntlet from revealing current, secretive Voodoo ceremonies to describing the Church of Sainte Ursule and the history behind the religion. It is a fascinating read and it felt like I was actually there…taking a colorful vacation into an exotic, secretive and forbidden land. I love this book because it is so authentic. The mystery in Unrepentant is not that Tante murdered another Voodoo priestess, but why she is protecting the real killer. Cate Harlow is drawn into the enchantment (and the danger) of real practitioners of the often-misunderstood religion. It goes from one fascinating scenario to another in rapid succession. Houghton’s writing style continues to be fast-paced, yet detailed enough to savor the experience and flavor of the City of New Orleans. Unrepentant has everything: a well-rounded and very likeable protagonist, an exciting and original plot-line, an exotic setting, and lots of Voodoo. I highly recommend the Cate Harlow series by Kristen Houghton. Don’t miss out. had the immense pleasure of reading a previous Cate Harlow book titled For I Have Sinned, and you can see my review of that book HERE. Now, as part of the continuing Cate Harlow series, author Kristen Houghton has penned a new novel tilted Unrepentant: Pray for Us Sinners. Cate (Catherine) Harlow is a smart, sassy private investigator who is determined to solve unusual and controversial cases, no matter where the facts take her. She is often accompanied by her “friends-with-benefits,” ex-husband Will, a detective of another sort: the police force. But it is Cate’s best friend Melissa that Unrepentant focuses upon. Melissa is a beautiful, high-cost escort who is gracious, classy, and…let’s just say, extremely interesting.
I love how Kristen Houghton makes the city of New Orleans come alive in her latest Cate Harlow mystery. The sights, smells and sultry atmosphere of this charming city are interwoven with the world of voodoo and human trafficking. When Cate Harlow leaves New York with her ex-husband, Will Benigni, to help out a friend's aunt, a person of powerful magic, who has been accused of murder, she is immediately immersed in the underworld of NOLA as she tries to prove her friend’s innocence. Risking her own life, Cate plunges into the case and learns the secrets of an awful sex trade. With plot twists that keep the pages turning, Houghton does a masterful job in telling this story. I loved every page and would highly recommend it. If you’re getting ready for a cruise or need a good beach read for spring break, this is your book.
This is the 3rd book in A Cate Harlow Private Investigation series and, while they’re all excellent reads, I think this one is the best. Cate Harlow just keeps on getting better and better. I began reading this book during lunch at the school where I teach. I just finished it. It's now four in the morning. So hard was it to put this book down. These books work as standalone but do yourself a favor and start the series from the beginning because they're all fantastic reads.