Just the Facts - August 2013
by Gayle Surrette
Cover Artist: Photo: Ernest Lilley
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review *Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: JTF082013
Date: 31 July 2013
Links: Gayle's Blog / Gumshoe's Facebook /
Welcome to our August 2013 issue. I'm sitting here looking at a sky that is overcast and threatening a storm. Somehow, I always think that's just the perfect weather for curling up with a cup of tea and a good mystery. Of course, I happen to think all weather is good for reading mysteries. However, we'd like to know your preferences, so if you'd like to tell us follow this link to our survey. We'll report on the results next month. I'm really curious about other reader's preferences.
We have a new original story this month, The Knitting Society by J.T. Seate. There were other cases being investigated while London was horrified by the Jack the Ripper.
We've also got a selection of reviews that run from cozy to downright spine chillingly horrifying in their violence and a number of reviews that fit in between these two extremes.
Don't forget is you don't see something reviewed, you should check out our US Books column. This is where we list all the books that have come to our office that will be published in August. You can use the Last Month and Next Month links to look at books published in the previous and upcoming months.
As always, we look forward to hearing from our readers and there is a comment form at the bottom of every article and review. I look forward to the comments from our readers as a wonderful change from the unimaginative and boring spam we receive daily -- or should I say hourly.
And 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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