Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye is a part-memoir, part-reference nonfiction book based on the experiences of a professional private investigator and writer. Audiences: researchers, writers, detective-fiction fans, armchair detectives and anyone curious about the real world of private investigators!
Along with such e-publishers as the National Cyber Security Alliance in its The More You Know Learning Series, and authors such as Stephen King and his ebook Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye offers readers interactive features to enhance their reading experience.
“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
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
“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