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Just the Facts - January 2009 by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review Editorial  
Date: 31 December 2008 /

We're really starting the new year out with a bang! Or it may just be with murder and mayhem. But we do have a great issue for you for this our first issue of 2009.

First up we have two interview's this month. Jonathan Hayes, author of Precious Blood was kind enough to answer some questions about his book and his forthcoming projects. Then having read my first Body Farm mystery, Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass, I had a number of question I hoped to get answered. Luckily, they were willing to answer so we also have an interview with Jefferson Bass otherwise known as Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson.

I wish all our readers a great new year. We'll do our best in the coming year to provide you with reviews, interviews, news of the field, and convention lists. Let us know what we're doing well and where you'd like to see some changes -- we're always looking for ways to better serve the needs of the mystery community.

Reviewers Wanted:
While we're happy to have a core of great reviewers for Gumshoe, we'd like to have more. If you have a great desire to review mysteries for no pay but the glory of a by-line, write to us at editor(at)gumshoereview(dot)com telling us a bit about yourself and send a 500 word (or so) review of a mystery that you have recently read as a sample. We should be able to get back to you within the month.

Publishers Take Note:
Material sent to us will be listed in our books received column and may also be commented on or reviewed. With few exceptions, material not sent will not be listed or reviewed. Please send materials to Gumshoe c/o Gayle Surrette, 16440 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine, MD 20613.

Gumshoe covers the entire spectrum of the mystery genre. If it seems that we are heavily leaning towards cozies it could be because we're receiving cozies. If it's mystery, mystery/thriller, noir, police procedural, whatever...send it along and well add it to our books received and maybe even review it.

Many have asked -- we do cover small press. So, if your book is a published by a small press make sure we get a copy to add to our books received column and to list for our reviewers.

Media People Take Note:
We'd really like to have some reviews of newly released DVDs and other media but if we don't get copies we unlikely to review them. So send your copies to Gumshoe c/o Gayle Surrette, 16440 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine, MD 20613.

Convention Calendar:
We'd like to add a convention calendar to our magazine. However, we don't have time to scour the internet looking for what's happening in the mystery arena. Please send us your convention listings. Send to: editor(at)gumshoereview(dot)com.

Letters to the Editor(s):
Putting out a monthly ezine is always entertaining and for us a learning experience -- however, without feedback we really don't know how we're doing. Write and let us know what you think of our zine and how we could make it better or what you thought of the books we reviewed. Send to: editor(at)gumshoereview(dot)com.

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