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  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WIN, Inc. (October 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SSZJM8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Colleen Collins is an award-winning author of romance, mystery and nonfiction.

RECENT RELEASES

HEARTS IN VEGAS, the third book in her private-eye romance series from Harlequin Superromance (July 2014). SLEEPLESS IN LAS VEGAS (2013), the second book in the private-eye romance series, is a 2014 Award of Merit winner from the Virginia Romance Writers.

THE UNGRATEFUL DEAD (A Humorous Colorado Mystery Book 1), Prequel to THE ZEN MAN (2014)

THE ZEN MAN (A Humorous Colorado Mystery Book 2), a 2013 BookRooster Editors' Pick and semifinalist in the Best Indie Books 2012 (first edition 2011, second edition 2014)

A LAWYER'S PRIMER FOR WRITERS: FROM CRIMES TO COURTROOMS, a nonfiction book co-authored with defense attorney Shaun Kaufman (2014)

Colleen's 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.

She's a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Colleen's blog: http://colleencollinsbooks.com/
Her P.I. Blog: http://writingpis.wordpress.com/
Fan Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Colleen-Collins/482863458501779
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/104928.Colleen_Collins

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gene B on November 28, 2012
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Interesting, especially for writers of mysteries or crime stories. Lots of good tips on making your characters believable and that investigators actually investigate realistically.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TaylorSwiftFan on October 6, 2012
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I loved this book, it was very enlightening about what private eyes actually do.
If you ever need the services of a private eye than this is for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lucinda Smith on March 14, 2012
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This was an enjoyable and informative book. Lots of examples from real cases. I'm sure I will refer to it many times while writing my mysteries! Recommended for anyone who wants to know how it's done in real life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2014
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Whether you are an aspiring mystery writer, or someone who is merely intrigued by the art of "snooping", this book offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of sleuthing. Drawing on her personal experience as a private investigator, Ms. Collins serves as a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide into the modern world of surveillance and discovery for the common man (or woman).

I thought that I was a reasonably good online researcher, but I knew nothing about "Deep Web" search engines to locate people and photos, or the infinite wealth of information that can be gleaned from a single phone number. I found myself both captivated and alarmed at how easy it is (if you are armed with the proper knowledge) to acquire detailed information about anyone! The author also reveals that many, if not most, of the online criminal record repositories and background check services are simply scams, and she offers legitimate resources as an alternative.

This is a well-written and accessible indoctrination into the techniques used by private investigators. I was actually amazed by how much I learned. I would recommend this as a truly fascinating read for anyone who simply seeks to sate a curious nature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry on January 5, 2013
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As a retired LE officer and now a new Private Eye I am reading books on how to do investigations in the private sector.
This book was full of ideas and 'how to's' to get the job done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Clifford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 11, 2014
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I've always found private investigators or "private eyes" to be utterly fascinating since I was introduced to famous PI characters like Sherlock Holmes and Dick Tracy. So when I ran across "How Do Private Eyes Do That?" I knew it would be a fun read and it really was (as well as quite educational). Colleen Collins delves into the world of PIs from the mindset and just how a private eye gets things done to the fields and specializations that PIs can be attached to. From a writing standpoint, the author has creating a well-written, well-organized and thoroughly engrossing book that manages to be educational while entertaining the reader with the glamorous life of a private eye.

I have to admit that what I learned did point me in a great direction for my future writing projects as just getting a closer look at the world of private eyes gave a few wonderful concepts for a book I've been contemplating. Overall, whether you're a writing looking to understand the PI world a bit better or you're just looking for a bit of fun reading, "How Do Private Eyes Do That?" is a information packed book that puts the fun in private eye.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazing on February 10, 2014
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Wow. I couldn't put this book down. I read a lot of fiction crime stories and so to have a look at the back ground work of a private detective was very interesting indeed. I am not a slouch when it comes to working out some of these problems, but it was so interesting to read about being a PI in real life.

Obviously all the information would be so beneficial for anyone wanting to go into that type of career as there are lots of detail and lots of examples to read about.

But what did impress me was the fact that there is a lot of information that civilians could use should they find themselves in a situation where they need to do some research on a person or in any other event. No suggestion here that one goes and gets physical, but more research on the internet and government departments.

Caution would obviously need to be taken at all times and as Colleen Collins said, what can seem to be a very ordinary contact can turn out to be high risk.

Great information and interesting read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Reed Alott on June 10, 2013
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I have been "snooping" for over 30 years. I worked Security and Law Enforcement, in the military, back in the 80's. I WAS TRULY IMPRESSED with the information in this book! The author used just the right amount of humor,facts,drama, and realism in her book. (I got the book for free, but I have to admit that it is worth the highest price I have seen it at......7.99, at the time of this writing.) She states the obvious, and then states the not-so-obvious, the links and websites she refers to all work; and weren't as overrun with annoying ads as I had expected. ALSO, she points out, at least 23 times, the importance of NOT using one of those "we-will-investigate-for-you" companies, that take your cash and (at best) deliver old outdated information. Thank you, Miss Colleen Collins, for your very informative book!
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