Private Detectives - Truth, Lies, and Secrets in Crime Fiction

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Host Russ Colchamiro interviews real-world private detectives about truth, lies and secrets about PIs in modern crime fiction

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MATTHEW SPAIER, PI is the owner of Satellite Investigations, Inc, the top rated Plaintiff only investigation firm in New York City. Matthew brings over 25 years of investigative experience to his craft and has been heading up Satellite Investigations for the past 16 years. His firm services about 125-130 law firms a year and they have a reputation for getting results and not excuses. Matthew is also the host of PI-Perspectives pod/webcast, which is available on all podcast formats and via a video version on Youtube. The weekly show focuses on investigative professionals and their skill sets. The show is known as one of the best in the investigative industry and has thousands of downloads each month. At the end of 2020, Matthew launched an online resource community for investigative professionals called The Investigator's Toolbox. This site has been called the future of networking, learning and data resource management for the investigative community. It is available as an app on iOS and on Android platforms. It can also be found at Matthew has been published in the collaborative college textbook "The Art of Investigations", he has appeared as a guest columnist for Psychology Today and also writes 2 columns every issue for PI Magazine.

CAITLIN KELLEY lives in the Baltimore Maryland area, where she owns and operates her private investigative agency. Caitlin’s professional background is rooted in law enforcement and retail loss prevention management. In 2009, Caitlin began her career in the private investigations field.

Caitlin formed Old Line Investigative Services in July 2016 as a full-service private investigations and process serving business. The office for Old Line Investigative Services is actually located in the old Baltimore County jail, which was built in 1854. The agency is intentionally maintained as a small business, which allows Caitlin to personally manage every case with the assistance of her investigative and process serving team. The agency handles a wide variety of case types, including Skip Tracing, Witness Interviews, Personal Injury Investigations, Domestic Cases, Background Investigations, Asbestos Investigations, Auto Accident Investigations, and many other civil and/or criminal investigations.

Caitlin maintains various professional industry related association memberships, which include the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS), the National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS), the Mid Atlantic Association of Professional Process Servers (MAAPPS), and the Maryland Investigators and Security Association (MISA). In December 2019, Caitlin was elected as Vice President of the Maryland Investigators and Security Association and continues to hold that position today. Caitlin recently accepted an invite to join the Baltimore County Public School Homeland Security/Community College of Baltimore County Criminal Justice Studies Advisory Board, where she will offer insight related to the private investigative industry. Furthermore, Caitlin has taken on numerous interns from Baltimore County Community College Criminal Justice program, some of which continue to work for her after completing their internship.

JOHN A. HODA is a former Police Officer, Insurance Fraud Investigator and for the last 24 years has run a successful Private Investigations business. Many of his cases have made the headlines of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New Haven Register.

John sat on the boards of the both the National Association of Legal Investigators and the CT Assoc. of Licensed Private Investigators. He is a Certified Legal Investigator, retired and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

John produces and hosts a weekly podcast: My Favorite Detective Stories at where he interviews crime fiction writers about their flawed fictional detectives.

He has won publisher awards for articles in The Legal Investigator and has written numerous articles for PI Magazine and other publications. He created the DVD: The Ultimate Guide to Taking Statements. He is a frequent guest blogger and webinar presenter on Investigative Interviewing. He has written four how-to books about the business side of private investigations and coaches PIs how to survive and thrive at

His crime thriller with a mystery twist: Odessa on the Delaware: Introducing FBI Agent Marsha O’Shea was released in January 2019 and was feted as a debut novelist, panelist and judge for the Shamus awards at the Mystery Writers of America Dallas Conference in 2019. The Marsha O’Shea series continued in January 2021

RUSS COLCHAMIRO is the author of SFF novels Crossline, Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the SciFi mystery anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, and co-author and editor of the noir anthology Murder in Montague Falls. His latest novel, Fractured Lives, is the second in an ongoing series featuring his intergalactic private eye Angela Hardwicke.

Russ is a member of the Mystery Writers Association of America and is host of the Russ’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster podcast, interviewing a who’s who of science fiction, crime, and mystery authors. You can follow him on Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram @authorduderuss, and on his website

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