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Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye by Colleen Collins, a professional private investigator and award-winning novelist, is a no-holes-barred, modern-day story about life in the female P.I. fast lane.
A Sampling of Book Topics:
· Background of the first acknowledged private investigator in early nineteenth-century France, Eugene Francois Vidocq
· History of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency and its hiring of the first U.S. female private eye, Kate Warne
· Advantages and dangers of being a current-day female P.I.
· Tools of the trade, including interactive crime maps, Google maps, investigative equipment and smartphone apps
· Case examples, from ghost hunting to criminal investigations
· Investigative tips, including how to find lost pets, handy Google searches, where to locate court files, free online searches, ways to defeat a cyberstalker, how to send an untraceable email
· A study of three classic TV female private eyes
· Links to articles about private investigations
· Links to P.I. blogs, periodicals, websites as well as popular detective fiction sites
· Excerpts from How Do Private Eyes Do That? and How to Write A Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths
Colleen Collins is an award-winning author who’s written 22 novels and anthologies for Harlequin and Dorchester. Her books have placed first in the Colorado Gold, Romancing the Rockies, and Top of the Peak contests, and placed in the finals for the Holt Medallion, Coeur de Bois Readers Choice, Award of Excellence, More than Magic, and Romance Writers of America RITA contests.
After graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara, Colleen worked as a film production assistant, improv comic, telecommunications manager at the RAND Corporation, technical writer/editor, speech writer, and private investigator. All these experiences play into her writing.
She’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) and Sisters in Crime.
When not sleuthing, Colleen’s hanging with her two Rottweilers (named Jack Nicholson and Aretha Franklin), her three cats, and plotting or writing her next book. Visit her at http://colleencollinsbooks.com/