With only 30 days to find the real killer…
Rick and girlfriend Laura risk their lives tracking key suspects who had motives to kill…
What is it like being a married private-eye team? In the ten years experience my husband and I owned a private detective agency, we found it to be, for the most part, fun. We had our tense moments, but we enjoy each other’s company and love to make each other laugh, so when [...]
As we’re approaching Halloween, I thought I’d chat a little about paranormal investigations AKA ghost hunting. Do I believe ghosts exist? No, but I’d love to find evidence to prove me wrong. In fact, I’ve tried to find that evidence in the past when I’ve visited three supposedly haunted [...]
Besides being a novelist in the romance, mystery and nonfiction genres, I’m also a private investigator. This is a story about one of my P.I. cases that challenged my investigative skills, was littered with clues and red herrings like a mystery, and ended as a star-crossed lovers’ tale.
Hired to Find a Long-Ago [...]Continue Reading →
Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye
by Colleen Collins
A nonfiction, no-holes-barred, modern-day story about life in the female PI fast laneContinue Reading →
Today I’m sharing some links where crime writers give online master classes about different facets of crime-fiction writing–for free!–followed by a handful (or should I say a bloody handful?) of true crime websites.
Free Online Master Classes in Crime Fiction Writing
The online UK paper The Telegraph offers a series of master [...]Continue Reading →
(Below is an excerpt from my article “P.I.s, Pretexting, and the Law: Tips for Crime Writers,” posted July 26, 2013, at Pursuit Magazine, the magazine for professional investigators)
~Private eye Jake Gittes in Chinatown
The private eye genre has long been a favorite for writers, [...]Continue Reading →
“As an experienced private detective and a skilled storyteller, Colleen Collins is the perfect person to offer a glimpse into the lives of real female P.I.s”
~Kim Green, managing editor of Pursuit Magazine: The Magazine of Professional Investigators
“SECRETS OF A REAL-LIFE FEMALE PRIVATE EYE is a research must-have.”
~Holly Jacobs, award-winning [...]
(I originally wrote this article for mystery writer Beth Groundwater’s blog in March 2013) Looking Under the Alibi:
The Work of a Legal Investigator
by Colleen Collins
In a nutshell, an investigation is the gathering of facts to form a cohesive and well-reasoned picture of a given situation. Legal investigation [...]Continue Reading →
The Zen Man was a mystery recommendation in the current The Indie Voice newsletter, a new site by 10 New York Times bestselling authors who “dish on books, writing and more.”
I’m particularly pleased because the recommendation was written by one of my favorite authors, Dorien Kelly, a New York [...]Continue Reading →
"Great humor. Great dialogue. Author did a great job of establishing the relationship between Rick and Laura. It never overshadowed the mystery, but it made the book truly multi-dimensional."
~New York Times best-selling author Dorien Kelly
"A fantastic read from start to finish. Reminded me a great deal of the works of Robert Crais and Robert B Parker."
"A real page turner. I enjoyed this book full of suspense and surprises. I have never read this author before but will look for her next surprise."
January 14, 2012: Interview w/ Colleen at Chatterrific
February 3, 2012: Coffee Time Romance: The Zen Man-Read It, Wear It
February 14, 2012 Terry's Place: Lust, Ethics, and the Private Eye
February 17, 2012 Savvy Authors: Tips from a PI-Tracking the Bad Guys in Stories
February 27, 2012 Elizabeth A White blog: Do Private Eyes Solve Murders?
February 28, 2012 Book Reviews by Elizabeth A White: The Zen Man
March 10, 2012 StoreyBook Reviews: Interview and Review
March 22, 2012 Minding Spot: Book Review
April 17, 2012 Fresh Fiction: 5 Hot Private Eye Heroes
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