Catherine Townsend

Writer. Private Investigator. Supersleuth.
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Catherine Townsend

The Love Detective

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Catherine is a writer and licensed private investigator who specializes in immersion journalism and creative undercover work. Her articles have appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Elle, New York, GQ, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, the Daily Mail, the New York Post, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post and Investigation Discovery’s Crimefeed blog.

While chasing stories, Catherine has learned to street fight like Sherlock Holmesdodged bullets in America’s most dangerous small town, and infiltrated the dark cyberworld of the NYPD ‘Cannibal Cop’.

After beginning her career as a staff writer for New York magazine, Catherine moved to London to create The Independent’s very popular ‘Sleeping Around’ dating column.

While in the UK she interviewed everyone from the Prime Minster to a Playboy bunny, and wrote bestselling books Sleeping Around and Breaking the Rules (John Murray/Hodder). Catherine has also conceptualized and produced numerous TV and web projects.

But her greatest passion has always been solving mysteries. So in 2010 she channeled her inner Nancy Drew and signed up for detective school, where she was immediately thrown into the field with former FBI agents, police officers and other PIs. Over the next three years Catherine completed well over the 6000 hours required to become a licensed private investigator in California. In 2013 she opened The Townsend Detective Agency, and started her blog The Love Detective.

If you want to know more about how Catherine went from sex columnist to criminologist, her current projects, a potential case – or even how she goes to the bathroom on stakeout – check out her FAQs or drop her an email.

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THE TOWNSEND DETECTIVE AGENCY


PI # 28328
Tel: (213) 453 2165 NYC: (212) 335 0282

The Townsend Detective Agency is a licensed, bonded and insured boutique private investigation firm. Owner Catherine Townsend has worked as a journalist in London, New York and Los Angeles for more than a decade and brings her investigative skills and expertise in the area of human relationships to every case. After accumulating well over the three years and 6,000 investigative hours required by the state of California, Catherine obtained her PI license in 2013 and opened The Townsend Detective Agency.

Our agents specialize in human intelligence, unique undercover work, and creative problem solving. We have offices in Los Angeles and New York, and regularly work with and have access to a network of agents across the nation.


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SLEEPING AROUND

"Sexy ... laugh-out-loud funny ... very Carrie Bradshaw: witty, bracing, packed with handy advice." - OBSERVER WOMAN


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Young journalist Catherine Townsend moves to London to start a new life with her amazing British boyfriend. But when he dumps her – via email – before her plane touches down at Heathrow, she finds herself literally kicked to the curb. Jobless, homeless and on the rebound, Catherine embarks on a series of wild, erotic and often hilarious erotic encounters…and turns them into a cult dating column for The Independent newspaper.

Along the way she learns the difference between US and UK versions of ‘monogamy’, the going rate of male escorts, which dildos are dishwasher friendly, and the etiquette of sex parties (Rule No 1: Don’t Discuss politics. Or plastic surgery.) Her ‘relationship research’ leads her to the most thrilling adventures of her life. And she writes about them all: The good, the bad and the gnaw-your-arm-off-at-the-elbow ugly.

But can she combine sleeping around with searching for a soul mate?

“Sexy, confident and brimming with attitude” – COSMOPOLITAN

“She’s frank. She’s funny. And she doesn’t mind admitting she’s filthy too.” – THE INDEPENDENT


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