Just the Facts - October 2010
by Gayle Surrette
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review *Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: JTF102010
Date: 01 October 2010
Welcome to our October issue. At times it seemed that all the changes of seasons, of the leaves, of beginnings -- school in session, new shows of TV (many of which have been avidly awaited by mystery aficionados), new books on the shelves -- it all seemed to be a little overwhelming.
But we did manage to gather a interesting mix of reviews for you this month. We've got a steampunk mystery in Victorian England (The Osiris Ritual by George Mann), a death of a man in a small village outside Grenada, Spain that it seems is not as natural as it first appears (Blood Wedding: A Sub-Inspector Max Romero Mystery Set in Granada by P.J.Brooke), a quilting class that may just be a ploy to extract money from an old flame, or maybe just an effort to mend fences before a death causes everyone to question what they know or knew (The Double Cross by Clare O'Donohue). There's also a chance to travel to other times, and several that take a look at the darker side of life.
Hopefully, one of our reviews will spark your interest. If not check, out our US Books column for the list of books that crossed our desk and are being released in October. Each book is listed with its description and books are added as they come in throughout the month. We've recently changed our format of this column to list books by imprint and within imprint by title.
As always, we look forward to your comments and feedback. There's a feedback form at the end of each article, review, and even at the end of this issue overview. Let us know what we're doing right and what we can do better.
Now for our regular announcements...
Special Announcement (Update 2/2010): Fiction now being accepted
Gumshoe Review is now open to accept original fiction (mysteries, not character studies). The short stories should be no longer than 1,000 words. Pay will be 5 cents per word to a maximum of $50 (so if the story is longer you still only get $50). Our plan is to publish one short story per month. Stories should be sent as plain text within the body of an email or as a .txt, .pdf (not password protected), .doc, or .wp attachment to email@example.com. Please use the subject line "Gumshoe Short Story Submission: Story Title". We will acknowledge receipt of the story immediately but it may take us longer to respond about whether we will use the story in an upcoming month. Unfortunately, until we see what type of response we get we won't be able to estimate response time. Please include a short bio with the story. Works should be original and unpublished.
What are we looking for? Our Senior Editor put it quite succinctly: "We're looking for stories where the investigator is the protagonist, or at least a significant character, and the focus is on solving a crime, or getting someone out of a jam, or seeking some sort of justice."
Special Announcement: Nonfiction Essays being accepted
Gumshoe Review is now open to accept nonfiction essays on topics of interest to readers, writers, and students of the mystery genre. The essays should be no longer than 1,000 words. Pay will be 5 cents per word to a maximum of $50 (so if the essay is longer you still only get $50). Our plan is to publish one essay per month. Essays should be sent as plain text within the body of an email or as a .txt, .pdf (not password protected), .doc, or .wp attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line "Gumshoe Essay Submission: Essay Title". We will acknowledge receipt of the essay immediately but it may take us longer to respond about whether we will use the essay in an upcoming month. Unfortunately, until we see what type of response we get we won't be able to estimate response time. Please include a short bio with the essay particularly mentioning your qualifications in the field. Works should be original and unpublished.
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. Also, please note if you are willing to read electronic books or do interviews.
Publishers Take Note:
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.
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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