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Book: Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye by Colleen Collins

Book: Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye by Colleen Collins

categories: Book, Espionage, Private Detective, Private Eye, Women's Memoir, Private Investigator Training, Reference Guides, Female Private Investigator, Women Sleuths, True Crime


Colleen Collins

Author Colleen Collinsabout this book: Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye is a part memoir, part reference book about my experiences working as a private investigator (P.I.) for over a decade. Audiences include writers, researchers, armchair detectives and those curious about the real world of female private detectives.

The book kicks off with a history of private investigations, including the first U.S. female private eye, Kate Warne, followed by perspectives on the dangers and advantages of being a woman in today's P.I. profession. Another section is devoted to tools of the trade, from GPS devices to smartphone apps.

I've also included a how-to section that covers some basic investigative tasks -- for example, tips for locating people, court documents and lost pets -- to suggestions and resources for handling more serious issues, such as cyberstalkers. In addition, there is a section with links to P.I. blogs, magazines and websites; cold case blogs; and popular crime fiction online magazines, blogs and websites.

For those who enjoy reading true private detective stories, there's a chapter devoted to some of my more challenging, dangerous and funny cases, including a section on paranormal investigations AKA ghost hunting. No, I don't believe in ghosts, but I've conducted investigations in four haunted hotels, including The Stanley Hotel where Stephen King started writing his novel The Shining, to see if I could find evidence of their existence!

Last, there are excerpts from two other nonfiction books I've written or co-authored on private investigations: How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths and How Do Private Eyes Do That?


Praise for Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye

• "SECRETS OF A REAL-LIFE FEMALE PRIVATE EYE is a research must-have."
— Holly Jacobs, award-winning author of Steamed, featuring amateur sleuth Quincy Mac

• "This book does a great job bridging the gap between our country's first private investigators to the state of the modern sleuth...a must-read for anyone remotely curious about what a private dick(ette?) really does."
— Mike Spencer, P.I., partner, Spencer Elrod Services, Inc.

• "As an experienced private detective and a skilled storyteller, Colleen Collins is the perfect person to offer a glimpse into the lives of real female P.I.s"
— Kim Green, managing editor of Pursuit Magazine: The Magazine of Professional Investigators

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