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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!


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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!

53 review for Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye

  1. 5 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    This is an interesting read for fiction authors and anyone considering a career as a private investigator. The author clears up some of the misconceptions we have about what PIs do and what they don't - or can't legally - do. We're given a lot of resources, mostly in the form of various websites helpful for research and further information. I would have liked more 'memoir' here. The author briefly mentions how she became a PI. It's an intriguing story but lacks detail. She also shares anecdotes f This is an interesting read for fiction authors and anyone considering a career as a private investigator. The author clears up some of the misconceptions we have about what PIs do and what they don't - or can't legally - do. We're given a lot of resources, mostly in the form of various websites helpful for research and further information. I would have liked more 'memoir' here. The author briefly mentions how she became a PI. It's an intriguing story but lacks detail. She also shares anecdotes from her own cases but, again, these are short snippets without much detail. Often we're given links where we can go to read the full article, which had been previously published elsewhere. This made the book feel more like a teaser than a completed work. There's a section about PIs from old TV shows, which I only skimmed. The shows discussed are old and outdated, therefore a bit irrelevant in today's world. I think this is definitely a worthwhile read for authors writing a PI protagonist, though I wouldn't recommend it for the average mystery fan.

  2. 4 out of 5

    L.M. Elm

    The Female Slueth... Collins gives a general overview of the experiences of a female P.I. If you are just starting out researching this profession, this book is a great start. If you want the low-down, nitty-gritty, aspects look elsewhere.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    If you are curious about how private investigators really operate, this amusing book offers facts sprinkled with a liberal dose of anecdotes. My favorite is when Colleen takes a pole dancing class in order to do surveillance on an unfaithful wife. There is plenty of information on a more serious note, too. Colleen points out that discovering that a client’s spouse is indeed cheating on him or her results in heartbreak for the client. There are links to dozens of resources for writers, or those j If you are curious about how private investigators really operate, this amusing book offers facts sprinkled with a liberal dose of anecdotes. My favorite is when Colleen takes a pole dancing class in order to do surveillance on an unfaithful wife. There is plenty of information on a more serious note, too. Colleen points out that discovering that a client’s spouse is indeed cheating on him or her results in heartbreak for the client. There are links to dozens of resources for writers, or those just curious about the world of the PI. Colleen talks about gadgets – what they actually used in their work, and what ended up in the junk drawer. Changing technology has had a huge impact on the job of a PI. There is even a section on steps to take to protect your privacy. Learn from a legal standpoint what television and movies get wrong about the life of a PI. You can read this book straight through, or skip around to the sections that most interest you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marian

    This book is a fun read, full of personal PI experiences. I love the idea of naming the cases after songs; it gives the book a "playlist" feel. And I also liked the references to movies and/or novels with plots based on the same sort of crime or situation the author had experienced. I also found the how-to sections extremely useful. I have no plans to become a PI or even write about one, but I do want to protect my privacy online, may need to find a lost pet someday (heaven forbid!), and definite This book is a fun read, full of personal PI experiences. I love the idea of naming the cases after songs; it gives the book a "playlist" feel. And I also liked the references to movies and/or novels with plots based on the same sort of crime or situation the author had experienced. I also found the how-to sections extremely useful. I have no plans to become a PI or even write about one, but I do want to protect my privacy online, may need to find a lost pet someday (heaven forbid!), and definitely don't want my cell phone stolen. Finally, I greatly appreciated learning how a *woman* works in the PI field, and what advantages and disadvantages she faces. Thanks for the fun (and funny stories) and the excellent reference tool, Ms. Collins!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    ���Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye��� has everything about being a private eye covered, from the history of them to the modern technology used by them now. Colleen Collins uses her real life experiences and knowledge to give an informative first-hand look into the life of female P.I.s in an entertaining manner. I found the part about ghost hunters, pet detectives and the pole dancing assignment to be particularly interesting. Collins also lays out in detail how to protect your identity ���Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye��� has everything about being a private eye covered, from the history of them to the modern technology used by them now. Colleen Collins uses her real life experiences and knowledge to give an informative first-hand look into the life of female P.I.s in an entertaining manner. I found the part about ghost hunters, pet detectives and the pole dancing assignment to be particularly interesting. Collins also lays out in detail how to protect your identity, deal with cyber trolls and what not to do as a P.I. This is a must-have book for anyone writing about private detectives, or curious to how they are outside of fiction.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl

    I adored this book, it was entertaining and educational as well.

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    Christina Li

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