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Just the Facts - March 2013 by Gayle Surrette
Cover Artist: Photo: Ernest Lilley
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review *Editorial  ISBN/ITEM#: JTF032013
Date: 01 March 2013

Links: Gayle's Blog / Our Sister Publication SFRevu /

Welcome to our March 2013 issue of Gumshoe Review. I'm not sure if this month is coming in like a lion or a lamb, though the weather service says rain and cold tomorrow with some wind -- so I've got my bet on lion.

Our reviewers have turned in some interesting pieces on the books they've read over the last month. Joseph B. Hoyos turned in an interesting review of The Midwife's Tale by Samuel Thomas. Let's just say I wouldn't want to have lived in the middle ages, but visiting via a book sounds like it would give you a real feel for the times and just how difficult it was to earn a living, feed a family, and stay out of trouble. Verna Suit's review of Fonduing Fathers (A White House Chef Mystery) by Julie Hyzy lets us know that you'd be able to follow an interesting mystery, get some good recipes, and learn something about what it would be like to work in the White House kitchen. Sherry Lilley's review of A Function of Murder (Professor Sophie Knowles) by Ada Madison certainly made me curious about this mix of murder, academics, and politics. Hopefully, as you read through our reviews you'll find something to add to your reading pile.

We've also got our usual columns. Our US Books column lists all the books we received in our office that are being published this month. You can look back at other months and forward to see what yet to be released. We list a UK Books column but don't yet have consistent contacts for mysteries and thrillers published there.

While we have a convention calendar and news column, we rely on our readers to send us their announcements. Direction on how to submit items for those sections are below in our Announcements section.

We're always interested in hearing from our readers and look forward to your comments. Let us know what we're doing well, what could be improved, and what you'd like to see more of in our issues.

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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