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Win a Box of Mystery Novels (Ends April 13)

Posted by Writing PIs on April 6, 2019

Love mystery novels? Private eye tales? Amateur detective whodunits (AKA cozies)? Enter the Box o’ Mystery Books Giveaway! Most novels are hardcover, from different publishers and writers, either released in 2018 or 2017. Winner can request one genre (such as private eye) or a mix of genres.

When: April 6 – 13, 2019 (ends at midnight April 13)

How to Enter: Click Box o’ Mystery Books Giveaway

The fine print: Your email address will only be used for this giveaway and never shared with others. Follow @writingpis on Twitter for an extra point. Winner will be randomly selected & notified by April 17. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years old. Due to mailing restrictions, entrants must be residents of U.S. Good luck!

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Top 100 Private Investigators on Twitter 2015

Posted by Writing PIs on January 23, 2016

Featured on - Top Private Investigators on Twitter 2015

@writingpis, the Twitter handle of your Guns, Gams & Gumshoes hosts, is honored to be ranked #14 in PINow’s top 100 private investigators on Twitter.  PINow compiles this list every year to “recognize those in the industry who have proved to be valuable resources to their peers, specifically on the topic of investigations.” On this list you can find PIs who practice in a wide range of specializations, including corporate investigations, cell phone forensics, surveillance, insurance investigations, online intelligence gathering, legal investigations and more.

Check out the full list by clicking the article link below, or click on the image at the top of this post. This list is also a useful resource for crime fiction and mystery writers who are crafting stories about private investigators or investigations in general.

Top Investigators on Twitter 2-15

Have a great weekend, Writing PIs

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Handy Resource for Learning About the World of Private Investigators

Posted by Writing PIs on December 23, 2014

Featured on - Top 100 Private Investigators on Twitter 2014 announced its annual list of top private investigators on Twitter to follow for learning about investigative techniques, news, tools, events and more. We’re pleased to share that it ranked Guns, Gams and Gumshoes’s Writing PIs (@writingpis) as number 12!

This list is also a handy resource for mystery/suspense writers who want to learn more about the world and work of private investigators for their stories. Check PIs’ tweets, which often include links to articles, on such subjects as fraud investigations, white-collar crime, insurance investigations, surveillance tips and equipment, the legalities of private investigations, process service, obtaining court records, drones, finding people, conducting background checks, and much more.

Click this link to access the list: Top 100 PIs on Twitter 2014.

Wishing everyone a happy, safe holiday! Writing PIs


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