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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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We were on surveillance yesterday, parked in front of a house for sale located across the street from the real house we were surveilling. Residential neighborhoods are tough places to conduct surveillances because most people know their neighbors and the vehicles they drive, so a PI in a strange vehicle can really stick out. If […]

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While driving home last night, I heard one of my favorite bands from a long-ago era: The Flying Burrito Brothers (for those unfamiliar with this band, they were a bunch of cosmic country dudes headed by Gram Parsons, the musician who also first discovered Emmylou Harris).

Flying burritos, the food not the […]

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Many people laugh when they hear the term “pet detective” probably because it conjures silly images of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (a film series that starred funny man Jim Carrey). The film is a hoot, but the truth is, there are real-life […]

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The following excerpt is from our book A Lawyer’s Primer for Writers: From Crimes to Courtrooms, which ran in the September issue of First Draft, the national Sisters in CrimeGuppies newsletter. […]

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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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