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I love private eye characters, stories and film as much as the next guy or gal…but sometimes I groan out loud when a writer doesn’t bother to do a bit of research to add at least a whiff of realism to a private investigator’s actions.  After co-owning a private detective agency [...]

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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 [...]

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Today I’m sharing a book excerpt from my current nonfiction book Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye, which I’m happy to say has remained on several of Amazon’s Kindle Store’s bestseller lists since the book launched in August [...]

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(Excerpt from Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye by Colleen Collins)

When we started our private investigations agency back in 2003-2004, we invested a chunk of money in equipment upfront.  We were starting on a shoestring [...]

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The First Official Female Private Eye

Kate Warne is viewed by many to be the first female private detective in the U.S.  Perhaps a better way to say it is, she’s the first official female private detective, as she was the initial woman hired by the established Pinkerton National Detective Agency, the nationally recognized private [...]

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Besides working as a private investigator, I love reading the private eye genre.  And there’s plenty of wonderful writers out there crafting compelling stories featuring private eye protagonists.  I should know–for the last three years I’ve been honored to be a judge for the Private Eye Writers of America, and in this capacity [...]

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Hooray for Hollywood

Gotta love Hollywood and its take on reality.  Sometimes my PI-husband and I watch a movie starring a fictional private eye and we laugh at the implausibility of a situation.  To be fair, some movies get PIs right, but sometimes they set up a scenario that’s more dramatic than realistic and we [...]

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I just read today how Farmer’s Insurance has an ad out where Rickie Fowler plays a 70s-like private eye working undercover on a golf course…brought back memories of a case we worked where we went undercover as golfers, following a tryst-ing couple who were playing golf.  Only problem, I didn’t have [...]

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Today I’m sharing some slides from a presentation my husband-PI-partner and I gave last April at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.  The conference took place in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, which over the last few weeks has been devastated by fires.  A mystery writer we know lost her home in that fire, and [...]

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Despite the thousands of private investigators throughout the U.S. (P.I. Magazine estimates there to be approximately 60,000), and the wide variety of specializations (from insurance investigators to accident reconstruction specialists to pet detectives), many people still view private investigators as Sam Spade clones.  Meaning, they’re men, they’re tough, they carry heat, [...]

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