private detective

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Examples of private detective in a Sentence

when the police insisted that it was an accident and not murder, she hired a private detective

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Mars is a grungier Nancy Drew, your private detective next door. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "8 TV Shows Like 'Killing Eve' to Binge If You Can't Wait for Season 2," 17 Jan. 2019 Tesla Crane, heiress to the Crane fortune, and Shalmanseer Steward, a retired private detective, are on their honeymoon cruise from Earth to Mars. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Return to an alternate history space race with two new Lady Astronaut novels," 18 Sep. 2018 Plenty of wasteland stories are still waiting to be told, but these sterile tapes and notes aren't replacements for past series personalities like Fallout 4's synth private detective Nick Valentine or Fallout 3's radio DJ Three Dog. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Fallout 76 is online and lonelier than ever," 15 Nov. 2018 So, that’s people scouring the internet, that’s people doing the equivalent of journalism/private detective work. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Republican fury about ‘bias’ on the internet is just a distraction, ThinkProgress founder Judd Legum says," 30 Aug. 2018 The cast of characters includes a pint-size private detective with a way with women, a local artist sick of painting turtles for tourists and an Australian woman sailing solo around the globe. Carolyn Kellogg, latimes.com, "Adrift in Los Angeles: Mark Haskell Smith and his book, 'Blown'," 22 June 2018 If Graham’s mother and the Rev. Sullivan were attempting to start a new life as lovers and his parents, their plans were abruptly dashed when private detectives raided their New York City apartment. Michael Rezendes, BostonGlobe.com, "Body of priest exhumed to establish whether he fathered a child decades ago," 19 June 2018 Anglin was a private detective working for Jones during the divorce proceedings. azcentral, "Connie Jones, ex-wife of Scottsdale-area shooter Dwight Jones, to speak with media," 12 June 2018 Teri said the private detective asked both her and Joe to be hypnotized. jsonline.com, "CHAPTER 5: THE GIRL IN THE CAFÉ," 27 Sep. 2017

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1861, in the meaning defined above

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private detective

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