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Just the Facts - December 2012 by Gayle Surrette
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review *Editorial  ISBN/ITEM#: JTF122012
Date: 07 November 2012

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Welcome to our December issue. With this issue we bid farewell to 2012 and look forward to 2013 and its challenges and opportunities, to new books to read and review, new authors to discover, and new characters to learn to enjoy or hate. Every December we close out a year of reading and writing and begin to gather our new TBR piles and TODO lists. Does anyone really have time for resolutions when there are so many stories to be read and so much life yet to enjoy?

For this issue, we have reviews of two Christmas themed mysteries: a electronic short story, Christmas Crumble by M.C. Beaton and the novel The Snow White Christmas Cookie: A Berger and Mitry Mystery by David Handler. We've also got reviews of a number of books that run from cozy to very dark with high body count.

Also, note that our December US Books Column lists all the books that we received in our office that will be published in December. This is where you'll find the books that we didn't manage to review. Each book is listed with the cover image, title, author, publisher, and the short bit about the book that's usually on the back cover -- if you were in bookstore. Interested in finding a great book for gift, maybe even one you'd recognize if you saw it, check though our US Books columns. At the top of the column you'll see links for "Last Month" and "Next Month", you can use these links to move backward and forward through the year. If you know what year you are interested in go to our archives (a link in the left hand column of our main page), then click on whatever year and month you want and you'll get that month and year's main page and click on US Books Column.

This is also the time of year when we try to decide what to do next year to make this online magazine more useful for our readers. We'd love to hear from our readers. Please use the comment form on the bottom of this page to let us know what you'd like to see more of, what you think we should cover that we currently don't, or what we're doing right.

To all our readers, we wish you a happy holiday season free of all crimes and misdemeanors except what you find between the pages of a good book.

Now for our usual 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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