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Lee Lofland and Writing PIs are now friends
Jun 21, 2013
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Our July-August blog tour for "How to Write a Dick: A Guide to Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths"

Nonfiction book "How to Write a Dick: A Guide to Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths" by Colleen Collins and Shaun KaufmanAvailable on Kindle and Nook We're visiting various mystery writers' and crime professionals' blogs throughout July and August, posting new articles about investigations at each blog stop (with the occasional interview). Besides reading about private investigations and meeting up with mystery writers/readers, you might enjoy discovering some new…See More
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Writing PIs and Katherine Tomlinson are now friends
Jul 13, 2011
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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Sleuth in Your Life

We've posted our sleuth-gift ideas at our blog Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes, but the gifts might also be items that your fictional sleuth use in your stories, too. Hey, we wouldn't mind some of these gifts ourselves.Christmas Gift Ideas for the Sleuth in Your Life:http://tinyurl.com/2arzrg7See More
Dec 10, 2010
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November Tip Sheet: Articles, Links. FAQs for Investigators & Writers

We posted our somewhat-monthly Tip Sheet, geared to investigators, researchers, and writers. This month we offer articles about tracing email ownership and how a bunch of Canadian PIs were hired to conduct trash hits, links to Colorado's real-time cold case file look-up and the Internet radio show "PI's Declassified," and writers' questions (and our answers) about sleuth characters eavesdropping and trespassing.Check it out at…See More
Nov 19, 2010
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Answering Writers' Questions: Do DNA Samples Have to Be Perfect?

We've posted writers' questions and our answers re: DNA and private forensic labs at:Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes: http://tinyurl.com/2cjke82See More
Nov 13, 2010
Dan L. Coleman commented on Writing PIs's blog post Answering Writer's Question: How Would a PI Request a Private Autopsy?
"I suspect a private autopsy could not be performed without consent of the next of kin or, in the absence of such, the legal representative of the deceased's estate. I don not believe a defense attorney would have the right to it on demand. But…"
Oct 26, 2010
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Answering Writer's Question: How Would a PI Request a Private Autopsy?

We've answered this question, with input from one of our fellow PIs who specializes in medicolegal death investigations, today at Guns, Gams, Gumshoes: http://tinyurl.com/24ecx2nSee More
Oct 26, 2010
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Answering Writers' Questions About Fraud Investigations

We've answered several writers' questions today about PIs and fraud investigations at Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes:"Answering Writers' Questions About Fraud Investigations:http://writingpis.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/answering-writers-questions-about-fraud-investigations/shrinking that url:http://tinyurl.com/245oqnlSee More
Oct 13, 2010
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"Thanks for the friend invitation! Happy to read your page. It's a happening spot! Susan aka Music & Mayhem"
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Interviewing Witnesses: A Key Skill for Your Fictional Sleuths!

As guests at SavvyAuthors today, we've posted a blog for writers about interviewing witnesses. Having interviewed hundreds of witnesses both in our investigations agency, as well as Shaun in his 17 years as a trial attorney, we offer an overview of interview vs interrogation, rules on interviewing, the myth of "off the record," and techniques for interviewing both talkative and reticent witnesses.Interviewing Witnesses: A Key Skill for Your Fictional Sleuths!…See More
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Writing a Scene Where Your Sleuth Is Conducting a Summer Surveillance? Think About Health Concerns

We just wrapped up one of several surveillances in sizzling summer temperatures--thought we'd share a few thoughts and links with writers whose characters might also be sitting in hot cars while watching their targets.On a summer day the temperature inside a parked car can exceed 122° (50°C) in just over 10 minutes. Cracking a window or two isn’t sufficient to make a substantial difference. API can’t compensate by drinking liquid because he or she can’t risk having to finda bathroom and break…See More
Aug 21, 2010
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The Write Mind: Simple, but not easy

We at Writing PIs dig Dennis Palumbo. Eons ago, I worked on a flailing TV sitcom that sputtered and died its first year, but it opened the door to a decades-long acquaintance with Dennis Palumbo, who eventually wrote the screenplay for "My Favorite Year" and soon after, became a therapist specializing in creative issues. He also writes mystery short stories and novels, as well as a handy non-fiction book "Writing from the Inside Out: Transforming Your Psychological Blocks to Release the Writer…See More
Jun 7, 2010
Writing PIs and Melissa Sugar are now friends
May 19, 2010

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Writing PIs's Blog

Our July-August blog tour for "How to Write a Dick: A Guide to Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths"

Nonfiction book "How to Write a Dick: A Guide to Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths" by Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman

Available on Kindle and Nook

 

We're visiting various mystery writers' and crime professionals' blogs throughout July and August, posting new articles about investigations at each blog stop (with the occasional interview). Besides reading about private investigations and meeting up with mystery writers/readers, you might…

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Posted on July 13, 2011 at 4:43am

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Sleuth in Your Life

We've posted our sleuth-gift ideas at our blog Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes, but the gifts might also be items that your fictional sleuth use in your stories, too. Hey, we wouldn't mind some of these gifts ourselves.


Christmas Gift Ideas for the Sleuth in Your Life:…

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Posted on December 10, 2010 at 4:22am

November Tip Sheet: Articles, Links. FAQs for Investigators & Writers

We posted our somewhat-monthly Tip Sheet, geared to investigators, researchers, and writers. This month we offer articles about tracing email ownership and how a bunch of Canadian PIs were hired to conduct trash hits, links to Colorado's real-time cold case file look-up and the Internet radio show "PI's Declassified," and writers' questions (and our answers) about sleuth characters eavesdropping and trespassing.… Continue

Posted on November 19, 2010 at 6:04am

Answering Writers' Questions: Do DNA Samples Have to Be Perfect?

We've posted writers' questions and our answers re: DNA and private forensic labs at:


Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes:…
Continue

Posted on November 13, 2010 at 2:40am

Answering Writer's Question: How Would a PI Request a Private Autopsy?

We've answered this question, with input from one of our fellow PIs who specializes in medicolegal death investigations, today at Guns, Gams, Gumshoes: http://tinyurl.com/24ecx2n

Posted on October 26, 2010 at 3:46am

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At 11:43am on October 11, 2010, Susan said…
Thanks for the friend invitation! Happy to read your page. It's a happening spot!

Susan aka Music & Mayhem
At 9:26am on December 29, 2009, Sunny Frazier said…
I'm putting together a Mystery Cruise. Nov. 14-21, 2010. We're sailing from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera. Cabins start at $400. You can contact me for panels. You can contact Beverly@cruisingsmart.com for info.
At 4:49am on August 27, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

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Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 2:44am on August 24, 2009, Beth Groundwater said…
Thanks for befriending me here as well as in real-life. To everyone else, I highly recommend the online courses "Writing PIs" teach.
 
 
 

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