Confessions of a Female Private Investigator by Tiffany Bond
Tiffany Bond has had an exciting life--she’s worked in security, as a police officer, and now she owns a private detective agency. She got her start dealing with people (often under unpleasant circumstances) in collections. The one question that needs to be asked is, “Tiffany Bond is a pseudonym, right?” Yes, it sounds like a name right out of a book, a classy spy with a penchant for diamonds.
She is actually a woman who took the pain of the break-up of her own marriage to a duplicitous man and turned it into a successful business specializing in matrimonial investigations (the nice way of saying “checking up on cheating spouses”). In Confessions of a Female Private Investigator she shares the details of some of her more interesting cases both as a private investigator and as a law officer.
I was attracted to Confessions of a Female Private Investigator because, for five and a half months, I actually held the illustrious position of investigator/office manager in what had to be one of the sleaziest, most unethical private investigative agencies in the galaxy - I wanted to read another woman’s experience. Bond is very different from my ex-boss, Mr. “Jones” (I call him that because that was his name) in that she actually thinks her clients are human beings to whom she offers a service (as opposed to suckers meant to be ripped off).
Just as interesting as the stories Bond shares about various clients (all pseudonymously) are the tales of her embarrassing (and sometimes dangerous) experiences in law enforcement and her views and philosophies on life and relationships.
Of particular note is Bond’s attitude about prostitution. In Australia, where Bond lives, prostitution is legal and the attitude towards prostitutes is that they are people who go to work and do a job (street walking is illegal; brothels are legal). This was a refreshing change from the puritanical, holier-than-thou attitude to which so many of us are accustomed.
Bond finishes her book with a visit to an Australian spy shop and introduces her readers to a variety of tools of the trade.There are miniaturized cameras, recorders, and devices to spy on computers, as well as devices to check if someone is spying on you.
Wannabe Nancy Drews will find Confessions of a Female Private Investigator entertaining and cautionary.