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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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 […]

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Private Investigators: Naming Sources, Credibility in the Courtroom

At my writing site Colleen Collins Books, I’ve posted writers’ questions about private investigators naming sources and a PI’s believability when giving testimony.  Below is an excerpt:

Writer’s Question: You know how reporters don’t need to name their sources – what about P.I.s? Do […]

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Several years ago, I wrote the column “P.I. Confidential” for the organization Novelists, Inc.  As the organization’s membership were published full-length commercial novelists, I geared the information to writers.  At the end of the article I answer a writer’s question about her fictional PI interviewing an intoxicated suspect who confesses, out of the blue, to […]

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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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Articles on Private Investigations

March marks the release of Colleen’s new novel, The Next Right Thing, a private-eye romance that features Las Vegas PI Cammie Copello.  In conjunction with the book release, Colleen has written several articles on private investigations, geared for writers and others interested in the real world of private detectives. […]

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In my current release, The Next Right Thing (Harlequin Superromance, March 2013), the heroine is a private investigator. Because I am also a private investigator in real life, I didn’t have to research her career all that much. But even if I wasn’t a PI, there are ways I could […]

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Happy New Year!  

There’s plenty of cocktails named after the hardboiled private dicks like Philip Marlowe’s Gimlet or the intellectual detective, like the smoky Sherlock Holmes cocktail, which by the way includes Sherlock’s favorite tea, Lapsang souchong.

But there’s also a few cocktails named after some of our favorite lady sleuths, from the […]

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Several yes ago, I was invited to write a novella in a Christmas story anthology.  The only requirement was that each author base their story on a classic Christmas film.

I chose Miracle on 34th Street. The original film was made in 1947 and starred a young child actress named Natalie Wood. The story is […]

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Lots going on this week, from a lovely review of The Zen Man to the best private detective blogs of 2012.

5 Star Review of THE ZEN MAN by MacKenzie Brown

Super review from MacKenzie Brown on Goodreads:

A fantastic read from start to finish. Reminded me a great deal of the […]

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