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"SPYMOM": Local woman's book released after her death

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on April 1, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:06 PM

A few years ago, I did a story on two local moms who became private eyes. They called themselves the "Spy Moms"!
One of them was Valerie Agosta. She was an incredible woman, and her story is truly a special one. Now, it's available for everyone to read - because her new book is on store shelves today!

Val Agosta

When Val was 46, she was diagnosed to with breast cancer. When treatment was over she decided to try something she's always wanted to do, why not? The wife and soccer mom of three loved Nancy Drew growing up (what little girl didn't?) - so she decided to take a chance, and become a private investigator. She did just that, and started Hanady Investigations in Boise.
In her new book "SPYMOM: The True Story of a Soccer Mom Turned Private Eye" - you can read all about Val's life as a P.I. here in the Treasure Valley. She does stakeouts between grocery store runs, handles custody cases, finds lost loves, reunites adoptees with birth parents, and catches internet scammers. She always said her weapons were a woman's intuition and "mom smarts." Val and her P.I. business were featured on The Today Show, MSNBC TV, and in magazines like Good Housekeeping, Working Woman and More.   

Sadly, eight years after her first diagnosis - her cancer came back.  Knowing she was losing her cancer battle, Val was determined to do two things. The first was to see her daughter Christine get married, and the second was to complete her book. She did both. Val passed away last year - but her memory is alive and well in her new book.

Val Agosta and family

Her daughter Christine had this to say about her Mom's book launch:

"The entire Agosta family is so proud of my mom.  We only wish that she could be here to celebrate and enjoy this accomplishment with us.  I was so honored to write the afterword of the book and have the opportunity, in a unique way, to share this experience with my mom.  It has been a year since she passed away, and there are mixed emotions with the book's release.  But I am very excited that her story will inspire others, who may be facing challenges, to follow their dreams.  It has been so much fun to hear from friends and family who have read the book and commented that it made them both laugh and cry!  My mom was such an amazing woman, and I'm so excited that with this book her story will live on." - Christine Quintana

If you are looking for a great read, "SPYMOM" is available TODAY!