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Just the Facts - September 2012 by Gayle Surrette
Cover Artist: Photo: Ernest Lilley
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review *Editorial  ISBN/ITEM#: JTF092012
Date: 01 September 2012

Links: Gayle's Blog /

September. Normally this would be the month that school starts for many American children but here in Maryland and in many other states school started in August. It seems many of the markers that I knew are changing -- but we can still look forward to October and mysteries with a Halloween theme.

I, for one, was looking forward to cooler temperatures but, even though the temps are cooler, the humidity is up, at least here, making it seem warmer. Once way to cool off is reading a book set in a cooler place. Joseph B. Hoyos reviews Bad Little Falls: A Novel (Mike Bowditch Mysteries) by Paul Doiron which takes place in Maine during the winter. Sweden features prominently in The Viper by Hakan Ostlundh which is reviewed by Verna Suit.

This month we have another original short story: Night Work by DJ Barber. We hope you enjoy his down at the heels PI as he maintains his own sense of fair play.

Check out our other reviews. Books this month run from noir to cozy with many stops in between. Remember we don't get a chance to review every book we receive so also check out our US Books column where we list all the book from US publishers that have come into our office that are being published in September. We've recently started to receive book from UK publishers and activated a UK Books column.

As always, we enjoy hearing from our readers and there is a comment form at the bottom of every review, article, and story -- and this piece also -- feel free to send us your thoughts.

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 editor@gumshoereview.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 editor@gumshoereview.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.

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. Also, please note if you are willing to read electronic books or do interviews.
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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