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Readers Top 10 Investigative Posts in 2017

Posted by Writing PIs on January 2, 2018

Below is a list of our readers’ favorite investigative posts in 2017. Some continue to show up year after year on our most-viewed posts, with one continuing to to be readers’ #1 favorite since we first kicked off Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes in 2009!

Top Ten Posts in 2017

Starting with #10…

#10: Can a Private Investigator Obtain a Police File?

#9: No, Stephanie Plum Isn’t a Private Eye, She’s a Bounty Hunter

#8: Top 10 Reasons Police Pull Over Vehicles

#7: Female Private Eyes Walked Those Fiction Mean Streets, Too

#6: The Witness Who Came in from the Cold

#5: When Is a Private Investigator’s Evidence Admissible in Court?

#4: Don’t Make Hiring a Private Eye One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

#3: Tips for Writers Tracking Sleuths: Tracking Missing Persons

#2: How to Conduct a Trash hit: A Private Investigator’s Dumpster Secrets

#1: Private vs. Publis Investigators: What’s the Difference? (This article continues to be readers’ favorite post since 2009)

Thank you, everyone, for visiting Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes over the years. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy, successful 2018!


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International Women’s Day: Honoring Female Investigators

Posted by Writing PIs on March 8, 2017

International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s. On this day, thousands of events occur around the world to celebrate women and their accomplishments.

For International Women’s Day, I’m honoring several women PIs through articles written about them to radio shows hosted by them. This post isn’t meant to be all-inclusive by any means, just a cross-section of outstanding women investigators, including their fictional counterparts.

Radio Shows: New and Old

Below are two radio shows, one hosted by a contemporary female PI, the other about a old-time radio female private eye.

PI’s Declassified

California PI Francie Kohler hosts this weekly Internet radio show where she interviews private investigators and other professionals in associated fields. The show airs every Thursday at 9 a.m. Pacific Time: PI’s Declassified.

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This old-time radio show kicked off in 1949. Every show opened with a ringing telephone with a female answering, “Candy Matson, YU 2-8209,” after which the theme song “Candy” played. According to the Internet Archive, Old Time Radio (OTR) researchers view this radio show as the best of the female private eyes. It ran until 1951. Listen to single episodes here: Candy Matson YUkon 2-8209.

Articles About Real-Life Female Private Investigators

Possible sketch of Kate Warne, the first U.S. female PI

Possible sketch of Kate Warne, the first U.S. female PI

Below is a sampling of articles written about female PIs:

The First U.S. Female Private Eye: Kate Warne (The Zen Man)

Q&A: Norma Tillman–Right and Wrong (Pursuit Magazine)

What Does It Take to Be an International Private Eye (interview with international private investigator Yin Johnson and her husband Phil, via RC Bridgestock Blog)

The PI Wears Prada: One Woman’s Midlife Career Change (What’s Next)

What Is It Like Being a Female Private Investigator? (The Zen Man)

This Private Investigator is One of the Few Jersey Women Working as Sleuths (NJ.com)

Articles About Fictional Female Private Eyes

There are many entertaining female “eyes” in literature, going back to the mid 1800s.

Dangerous Dames: A Timeline of Some of the Significant Female Eyes (The Thrilling Detective – if you haven’t checked out The Thrilling Detective, you’re missing out on one of the most comprehensive and entertaining sites about fictional private eyes on the ‘net)

Female Private Eyes in Fiction: From Lady Detectives to Hard-Boiled Dames (by Guns, Gams & Gumshoes’s Colleen for Festivale magazine)

Did you know a well-known writer of private eye novels based a female PI character on a real one? Check out the interview “Susan Daniels: If Sam Spade Had Been Samantha – Cleveland’s Female Private Eye”

Have a great week, Writing PIs

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