Private Investigator Requirements

I think all of us who read and enjoyed detective fiction wonder what it would be like to be a private investigator in real life. I was researching on the web and came across this website called the Professional Investigator’s Magazine. They have a link to each state’s website that states what the requirements are to become a private investigator in that state. You may have to poke around on the sites until you find the information that you require as the editor just linked to the main page of the licensing department. Surprisingly there are a couple of states that do no have formal licensing requirements. Those states are Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, South Dakota and Wyoming. Continue reading “Private Investigator Requirements”

List of Female Detectives

Wiki has a great listing of female writers and female detectives in fiction. First you should view the listing of female writers of detective fiction by clicking here: The listing is arranged alphabetically and is quite long. There are some great information about the writers and a listing of the titles of their books. Some writers have more information than others of course. If you would like to add information on your favorite writer you might want to join the wiki community and add whatever you can that will help keep other readers informed. Continue reading “List of Female Detectives”

What Makes a Good Detective Story

Whether the main hero is a male or female, there are certain elements of a good fictional detective story that are the same for any great tale. To me a great fiction story has a main character that has flaws and quirks. He or she must have a code that they live by. It may not be a conventional code but they live by their own set of rules. Another thing a great detective story should have is an interesting setting. It all comes down to how writer describes the surroundings in the story. The use of rich descriptive words helps the reader get into the story and be in the story. We want to feel something for the characters, to be able to root for the good guy, Finally, the good guys should always win in the end. The main reason that we read a book or listen to a story is to be entertained, to come out of ourselves for just a little while. Continue reading “What Makes a Good Detective Story”

VI Warshawski PI

SaraParetskyVI Warshawski PI was one of the first female private investigators that I read and enjoyed after Nancy Drew. The series is written by Sara Paretsky. Victoria Iphigenia “Vic” “V. I.” Warshawski was raised on the southside of Chicago whose father was a police officer and her mother was an Italian opera singer. She attended law school, was a public defender who moved into the private investigation game. With both parents deceased and a disastrous first and only marriage this lady is a hard working, hit-and-missing loving lady who shares two dogs with your downstairs neighbor a retired 80 year old machinist. Along with her regular duties of skip tracing, a couple of missing persons, and insurance fraud investigations she gets roped into a few murder mysteries along the way.

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Georgia Bureau of Investigations

GeorgiaBureauInvestigationsGeorgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) supports the state’s criminal justice system in the areas of criminal investigations, forensic laboratory services and computerized criminal justice information. The bureau is divided into the following divisions: Investigative Division, Georgia Crime Information Center, Division of Forensic Sciences, Medical Examiner’s Office and the Crisis Intervention Team. You can read all about the bureau at their website at:

GBI Investigative Division has Special agents that respond to requests for assistance from local law enforcement officials to investigate major crimes throughout Georgia.Specialized Units within the division include Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, Commercial Gambling Unit, Financial Investigations Unit, GA Information Sharing Analysis Center, Major Theft Unit, Polygraph Unit, Special Operations Unit and Training Unit. There is a miscellaneous section with the At-Risk Adult Abuse, Bingo Coordinator, Body Recovery Team, Child Abduction Response Team, Child Abuse Specialist, Crisis Intervention Team, Crime Scene Specialist, Document and Benefit Fraud, Forensic Art, Identity Theft, Social Security Fraud and Counter Terrorism Task Force.”
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