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Hot Research Sites, Tips from a Lawyer and Support for a Fellow PI

Posted by Writing PIs on June 23, 2012

Today we have some educational and heartfelt tid-bits to share, from hot research sites to tips from a lawyer to a fellow PI who’s undergoing a bone marrow transplant and needs our support.

Hot Research Sites

This past week, one of the Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes’s authors, Colleen Collins, was a guest blogger at Jersey Girl Book Reviews, run by book reviewer Kathleen Anderson.  Colleen’s article “Be Your Own Investigator: Four Free Online Resources” is excerpted below–click on the link at the end of the excerpt to read the entire article.

Be Your Own Investigator: Four Free Online Resources
by Colleen Collins

Besides being a multi-published author, for the last nine years I’ve also co-owned a detective agency with my husband (probably no surprise my current book, The Zen Man, features a private eye man-and-woman team).  As a private investigator, I’ve discovered dozens of online research sites that are handy for such tasks as locating people, digging up historical data and finding owners of cell phone numbers. For my guest blog at Jersey Girl Book Reviews, I thought readers might enjoy learning about four of these online resources for their own use. Best of all, most of these resources are free!

Search the deep web with With more than 50 million searches each month, claims to be the largest real-time people search engine in the world. It’s also what is known as a “deep web” search engine, which means it often finds data not indexed by more traditional search engines. Search results might include images, network profiles, blog entries, documents, e-mails, addresses and phone numbers.

Note: Some advertisers, such as, promote pay-for people search services on The problem with such pay-for services is that there’s no guarantee how relevant or current the information is, and there’s no live source to interpret the results. My advice: Don’t waste your money. If you’re tempted to pay money to one of these online services, you’re better off hiring a professional private investigator.

Research multiple social networking sites at According to, there are nearly 4.5 billion active social networking and other online accounts! Therefore, it can be beneficial to conduct a search in a social media search engine, such as Socialmention, that concurrently checks dozens of social networking sites. Search results include blogs, networks, images and news.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Tips from a Lawyer

Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes’s author Shaun Kaufman is the managing partner at Shaun Kaufman Law. On his site, he’s been writing articles with tips on such topics as what to say (or not say) to a police officer, how to not be a victim of copyright trolling, mistakes people make when representing themselves at a DMV hearing and more.

Below are links to several of these articles — to read an article, click on the link:

Should You Lie or Not Talk to the Police?

Meet the First Amendment Free Speech Guarantee

Do It Yourself DUI/DMV Representation: Three Top Mistakes People Make

How to Say No to a Vehicle Search

Copyright Trolling: Don’t Be a Victim

Support for Steven Brown

Steven Brown, a well-respected private investigator and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating is undergoing a bone marrow transplant. Steve has been a guest here at Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes, and his informative and interesting articles on private investigations are included below, as well as links to his blogs about the current transplant experience.  The operation is expensive (half a million dollars) — here at Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes we’ve donated to help out Steve. If you’d like to also donate (ever bit counts), a donate button is on the left side of his website, Handcuffed to the Ocean.

To read Steve’s blogs about his bone marrow transplant, click here.

To order his book “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating” click here.

Links to Steve’s guest posts at Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes (click on link to read article):

Interview with Steven Brown, author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating”

Part 2: Interview with Steven Brown, author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating”

Congratulations to The Three Winners of Our Third-Anniversary Giveaway!

This month Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes celebrated its third blog anniversary. Congrats to B.V., J.C. and Guillaume, who each won a copy of How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths.

Have a wonderful weekend, Writing PIs


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