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Gumshoe Contributors Who are we? Read on and get to know us. If you've got a passion for Mysteries and want to take a hand at reviewing or literary criticism, feel free to contact me at editor (at) - Ern

Gayle Surrette Editor / Publisher - Gayle's always been a fan of SF, Fantasy, Mystery and Horror, in all its various permutations. She's a list admin for several writing and chat groups and has made a living programming for the last three decades. She joined SFRevu in September 2005 with her first review: Crossroads by Brett Cox and Andy Duncan. Soon she took on the task of keeping our syntax on the straight and narrow. She was instrumental in setting up Gumshoe Review and took over the magazine in July of 2010.

Paul Haggerty Web Guru - Paul Haggerty has been an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He's also by profession a software engineer and system administrator. So naturally Gumshoe Review drafted him to be our web maven as well as a part-time reviewer.

Ernest Lilley Editor Emeritus - Ernest Lilley is the Sr. Editor for SFRevu (, Gumshoe ( and TechRevu ( and is a freelance writer and photojournalist who regularly writes for science and technology publications. He likes station wagons, roadtrips, and digital photography and currently lives in the Gernsback Continuum with that classic trope of SF, a red headed heroine. He recently edited his first Anthology: Future Washington, with contributions by a number of top ranked authors, which was published in late 2005.

Wes Breazeale - Wes Breazeale -- An avid sci-fi reader since childhood, Wes now works as the fundraising director for The Library Foundation, promoting literacy and helping ensure that kids have the same opportunities to read that he did as a child. Wes enjoys hard SF (Hannu Rajaniemi and Paolo Bacigalupi are recent faves), Epic/Space Opera (James S.A. Corey, Peter F. Hamilton, Hugh Howey), gritty Urban Fantasy (Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Mike Carey) and straight up action-thriller-mysteries (David Baldacci, John Sandford, Robert Crais). Wes is a transplanted New Englander who has lived in Oregon for the past 20 years.

Carolyn Frank - Although armed with a PhD in Regional Science (quantitative social science policy analysis), she spends her days as a management consultant writing bureaucratic fiction for the Department of Homeland Security. Having taught herself to read at a very early age, she borrowed her older brother's library books to have something to read. He read science fiction, so she read science fiction, and she has continued to do so for the next forty plus years.

Cathy Green - I've been reading mystery novels since I counted my age in single digits, starting with a mix of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Happy Hollisters, Encyclopedia Brown and The Three Investigators. Junior High and High School brought a steady stream of cosy mysteries and police procedurals including Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Patricia Wentworth, Catherine Aird, and P.D. James. And later I became a devotee of contemporary detective novels and police procedurals, by authors such as Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini and Sara Paretsky. So when Gumshoe Review offered access to a steady stream of new mystery novels in return for writing down my thoughts about the books, naturally I jumped at the opportunity.

Mario Guslandi Reviewer - Mario Guslandi lives in Milan, Italy. Most likely he's the only Italian who reads and reviews dark fiction in English. His reviews have appeared in a number of genre sites such as: The SF Site, The Zone, Horrorworld, The Agony Column, Infinity Plus, Emerald City, etc

Joseph B. Hoyos - Joseph B. Hoyos graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in Nuclear Engineering and minors in English and math. He is a technical writer for Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. An avid reader of all genres, Joseph began reviewing novels for the Chesapeake Romance Writers. Now he reviews books, movies and music for the Amazon Vine Program. Joseph has also written and delivered many award winning speeches for Toastmasters International. He also loves to sing in his church choir and do charity work with the Gift Bearers, a club sponsored by Hallmark Corporation.

Mel Jacob Reviewer - Mel Jacob is a freelance writer and consultant. The author of Domestic Technology, Strategic Planning, and numerous articles on information services, management, networks, and libraries and editor for several other books. An avid reader, she used to sneak her father's science fiction magazines as a pre-teen and has continued reading speculative fiction of all types throughout her adult life. She also enjoys reading the classics, romance, and mysteries.


Steven Kuehn - Steven Kuehn is a professional archaeologist and mystery writer living in the Midwest. After 25 years of fieldwork and preparing hundreds of technical reports and scholarly articles, the call of mystery fiction grew irresistible and Steven began chronicling the adventures of Professor Jake Caine, archaeologist and amateur detective. His first novel, Sunken Dreams, was published in May 2016. An avid reader, Steven enjoys mysteries, historical fiction, and epic fantasy, particularly stories with a well-developed scientific or historic component. When not working or writing, Steven likes to scour used book sales in search of great new authors to add to his library.

Lynne LeGrow - Lynne is a retired public library cataloguer. An avid reader/reviewer, Lynne maintains a book review blog called Fictionophile. The mother of two grown children, she lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband, a retired firefighter. Besides reading, she enjoys walking with her husband, British television, gardening, and attending her mystery book club, Whodunit.

Sherry Lilley - I am a legal secretary, and have been one for 32 years, the last 22 working for litigators. As such, I am a professional nag, babysitter of grown adults (also known as attorneys), and very organized (see, babysitter of grown adults). I am also a mom (mother of the world’s most adorable child, just ask me, I’ll tell you), novice knitter, friend and reviewer.

Sam Lubell Reviewer - Sam Lubell started reading science fiction by about age ten with books like Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet and the Spaceship Under the Apple Tree. This soon was followed by the classics of science fiction. While still in high school Lubell started subscribing to Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, which he somehow maintained through years of college and grad school. This led him to discover the world of science fiction fandom. Shortly after moving to Washington DC, he become involved in the Washington Science Fiction Association ( where he served as Secretary, editor of the WSFA Journal, and President. He was chair of Capclave 2003 ( and continues to hold various positions for this small and friendly convention. In 1998, he was the head of the Public Relations division for Bucconeer, the Baltimore WorldCon. He has been reviewing books for the WSFA Jounal since 1995 and for SFRevu since 2003, and Gumshoe in 2009. Favorite authors include Cordwainer Smith, Zenna Henderson, Tim Powers, Orson Scott Card, Ken MacLeod, Charlie Stross, R.A. Lafferty, and many others. He reads both science fiction and fantasy.

Linda Marie Schumacher Reviewer - Linda Marie Schumacher grew up in Princeton Jct. New Jersey. The US Navy brought Linda to Hampton Roads, Virginia where she lives with her husband and two sons. An engineer by trade, Linda enjoys reading novels about spies, government agencies, under-cover military events and World War II fiction. Her hobbies include walking, wine and micro-brew beer tasting, and as much travel as time and budget will allow.

Sam Tomaino Columnist - Sam is a regular reviewer and columnist for our sister publication, He also reads and reviews mystery. He currently lives in New Jersey.

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