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My husband and I owned a private investigations agency for over a decade (he’s since returned to being a criminal defense lawyer & I continue to conduct investigations for his firm and other lawyers). Sometimes we’ll watch a movie or TV show starring a private eye and we can’t help but laugh at the implausibility of […]

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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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Tips for Finding Lost Pets

On September 12, 2016 By

A Pet Is Lost Every Two Seconds

I recently read that in the US, a family pet is lost every two seconds. That’s astounding, and yet within our own neighborhood we see lost pet signs posted nearly every week. According to the National Humane Society and the National Council of Pet Population Study and Policy, […]

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The Thin Man TV Series

Most people know about The Thin Man novel and movie series, but did you also know there was a TV series by the same name?  The Thin Man TV series ran from September 20, 1957 to August 28, 1959 on NBC via MGM-TV, MGM’s attempt to get into television.

The comedy-mystery […]

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Investigations are about gathering facts to form a cohesive and well-reasoned picture of a given situation. Legal investigations are also about gathering facts for a given situation with the addition that these facts will be presented in a court of law.

The legal investigator applies her evidence/fact gathering through exacting requirements, called rules of evidence, which must be […]

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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 PI agency and having the honor to […]

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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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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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