Just the Facts - February 2011
by Gayle Surrette
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review *Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: JTF022011
Date: 01 February 2011
Links: Gayle's Blog /
Welcome to our February issue. There's something about February that always gets me excited about the coming year more so than January. Perhaps because January seems to be just a completion of all the loose ends from the previous year and February is more a month of starting fresh.
Anyway, we've got a new original short story this month, The First Few Roses by Douglas Campbell. This story is not the usual mystery we've been having in our stories, but more the everyday mysteries that we all deal with with in our lives. Also the sentiments in the story made me think strongly of Valentine's Day -- so it hit all my buttons. I hope you all like it as much as I did.
Also, for reasons that may simply be coincidence, or a strange twist of publishing fate, February seems to be our Sherlock Holmes month. We have reviews of Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly by Donald Thomas, The Crack in the Lens by Steve Hockensmith, and The Sherlockian by Graham Moore.
For those of you who have been patiently waiting for a new Roman noir, February sees the publication of Kelli Stanley's The Curse-Maker. This time Arcturus will be solving a murder in Bath.
We also have some other interesting books reviewed that I hope will interest you.
So, enjoy our February issue and remember to check back now and then as we add in news items and convention information. One of the ways we add information to the News Column and Convention Calendar is to get email from our readers telling us about these items. You may write to us at editor (at) GumshoeReview (dot) com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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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