With only 30 days to find the real killer…
Rick and girlfriend Laura risk their lives tracking key suspects who had motives to kill…
The following excerpt is from the chapter on private investigators, many of whom work with attorneys, from the nonfiction book A Lawyer’s Primer for Writers: From Crimes to Courtrooms. Below are three writers’ questions & our answers about PIs, lawyers and the police.
Are PIs and Cops Compatible?
We see PI-cop conflicts all the time in books, TV […]Continue Reading →
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. […]Continue Reading →
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 […]Continue Reading →
We don’t handle that many infidelity cases anymore. Our choice. Why? Because besides being depressing, they’re often physically grueling. Trust me, sitting for hours in a car watching an apartment/house/exercise club/etc. can be exhausting. Sounds easy, but it’s not. You can’t let your attention slip, your back is aching from sitting there for so long, […]Continue Reading →
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 […]Continue Reading →
In my current mystery novel, THE ZEN MAN, private investigator Rick Levine is charged with first-degree murder. Out on bail, he has 30 days to find the real killer or face certain life imprisonment. On a short “time leash,” what is the most critical action Rick can take to find the real killer? […]Continue Reading →
Gerald So — poet, editor, teacher and private-eye aficionado — interviews Colleen at his blog Chatterrific, where she answers questions about similarities between her private-investigator world and those depicted in private-eye fiction, […]Continue Reading →
Colleen’s take on private eye stories — from pet peeves to props — is posted at The Thrilling Detective. Don’t know about Thrilling Detective? Time you did. It’s the brainchild of Kevin Burton Smith who’s crafted a site dedicated to the private eye genre. Want a listing of great TV private […]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 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."
"I loved The Zen Man and really had fun catching Rick and Laura's first case in the prequel, The Ungrateful Dead. These novels have everything I love in a mystery: smart dialogue, a flawed hero, a little romance and a great plot. Murder at a coroners conference? What could be more fun!"
~ Nancy Warren USA Today Bestselling Author of The Toni Diamond mysteries