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 Holmes, dodged 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.