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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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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, [...]

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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I’m a writer as well as a private investigator. Recently my mystery novel The Zen Man has been reviewed on various book blog and review sites.  During this book blog tour, I’ve met some fantastic people who write well-crafted, critical book reviews, such as [...]

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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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Tracking a Killer Through Interviews

On February 18, 2012 By

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? [...]

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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 fun.  These days, my husband is focused on his law practice, and I on my writing (although I still occasionally take a P.I. case), and although [...]

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The Zen Man is available at Amazon, Nook and Smashwords

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, [...]

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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 [...]

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The Zen Man website is all about The Zen Man book, a medium-boiled, but not light on the humor, mystery featuring Rick and Laura, the 21st century equivalent of Hammett’s PI team Nick and Nora. Although Rick and Laura share senses of humor and noses for sniffing out trouble like their counterparts, they’re [...]

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