Catherine is a writer, licensed private investigator and podcaster.

She is the host of the iHeartMedia podcast Hell and Gone and the Audiochuck podcast Red Collar.

Hell and Gone is a real-time investigative podcast that plunges listeners into a new unsolved death each season. Season One focused on the 2004 murder of 22-year-old college student Rebekah Gould in the Arkansas Ozarks, while subsequent series focused on the mysterious deaths of 16-year-old Janie Ward and the disappearance and death of Mitrice Richardson in Lost Hills, California.

You can read about Catherine’s journey from relationship writer to private investigator in the article “Chasing Crooks In My Jimmy Choos,” which Catherine wrote for The Daily Beast.

After beginning her career as a staff writer for New York magazine, Catherine moved to London to create The Independent’s very popular “Sleeping Around” dating column.

Her articles have appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Elle, New York, GQ, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, the Daily Mail, the New York Post, Cosmopolitan, Investigation Discovery and The Huffington Post.

She has worked on numerous TV projects including creating content for Investigation Discovery.

While in the UK she interviewed everyone from the Prime Minster to a Playboy bunny, and wrote bestselling books Sleeping Around and Breaking the Rules (John Murray/Hodder). Catherine has also conceptualized and produced numerous TV and web projects, and created content for various channels including Investigation Discovery.

But her greatest passion has always been solving mysteries. After completing well over the 6000 hours required to become a licensed private investigator in California.

While chasing stories, Catherine has learned to street fight like Sherlock Holmesdodged bullets in America’s most dangerous small town, and infiltrated the dark cyberworld of the NYPD “Cannibal Cop”.

If you want to know more about how Catherine went from sex columnist to criminologist, her current projects, a potential case – or even how she goes to the bathroom on stakeout – feel free to drop me an email, or find me on social media.

Comments (9)

  1. Terry smith

    Hi Catherine
    I read your article on “Are Women More Visually Stimulated Than Men” at a docters surgery whislt waiting.
    It grabbed my attention because Im fascinated about how we tic from an evolutionary stance. Sex also grabs all mens , and womens so you say, attention.

    I saw a tv program some time ago that found that womens vaginas became wet at any video they were shown remotely relating to sex. Even a video of dogs shagging provoked this response in women. The women subjects of this experiment were most surprised at this when told how wet they got at varying and even objectional stimuli of looking at sex acts..
    It was my theory at the time that they became wet like this at any hint of sex because in our evolutionary past women were likely to be raped quite a lot. There evolutionary response to this was to develop a wet vagina at the slightest sign of sex as a means of self protection. Less damage would occur to the vagina if it was wet. It must hurt an awful lot and be harmful to be raped when the vagina is at its dryest.
    Your article changed my view a little bit but I feel there is some room for my theory.

    Or is it a load of rubbish? maybe, its only a casual, working theorey

  2. heather

    Hi catherine i love your books will you be bring a new book soon

  3. Danielle


    I just read Breaking the Rules and I couldn’t put it down. It paralleled my life in many ways(and of course, not at all in other ways) and I LOVED it!!! I am not an avid reader, so it’s a testament to you that I read it so fast and can’t wait to read Sleeping Around.

    I wanted to thank you for helping me not feel alone in some of my adventures and well, I hope you’re well and loving life and yourself.


  4. carl


    I am in Manchester, England.

    I am actually a subscriber to the Indy, but I used to bypass the sleeping around columns.
    But I recently picked up “Breaking the Rules” in my local library and I read it cover to cover; I guess its the title of the column that had given me misconception.
    I actually thought the best passage was your adventure in Cannes.
    I hope you do not mind me saying you a re the Helen Fielding of the Noughties; having lived in London in the nineties and early noughties, in Chelsea and Earls Court, your book brought memories flooding back.

    Best wishes!

  5. Hi Catherine!

    I loved you’re books. A friend introduced me to them a couple of years ago & I read them cover to cover in a matter of days.

    Do you intend to bring any more books out in the near future?

    Sophia x

  6. Ryan

    Catherine, I just found about you earlier this week, and have been reading (constantly) everything I can about you, your passion, and your career.. I absolutely love it. Once I catch up on everything, I am going to make it a personal goal to take you out for cocktail / dinner – Completely platonic and harmless! I am hoping that some of your ideas and creations will become a movie, so I can be a part of it.

    Talk to you soon! (Hopefully)

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