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Hello and welcome to feedback notes pertaining to Critical Mystery Tour. What you'll find here are policies formulated from comments or feedback concerning this site, errors in text or links, or errors in a particular review. Feel free to be constructively critical or supportively complimentary.

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The term, "mysteries" as applied here, should be understood as hard-edged suspense crime thrillers, not mysteries of the universe, cults, religions, the human soul, romance, etc. Think Michael Connelly, Stieg Larsson, Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, James Patterson.

Authors of books in any genre may advertise their books on Critical Mystery Tour. Please note that publicists whose books I review will have their eyes on the site just to check out what was said about their authors' book. You may want to have your book displayed when they, and readers of mystery, pay a visit.

Query me at the email address below with some idea of what your ad may contain, your visualization of it, duration, etc. Or, just send your text and make an offer. We'll get the book cover art, put it together and send you a temp page with your ad for your confirmation.

Because the quantity of books which I receive for review from publishing houses exceeds my reading capacity for pre-release reviewing, I can't encourage authors whose work I'm not familiar with to submit their books for review, unless...

Books submitted by authors stand a chance of review if they are major mystery award winners (Edgar, Shamus, etc.); or if the author has had a prior book on major best seller lists; or if the author has a well established following in the genre whose work I should get familiar with.

Authors who have not yet attained that exalted level but want the kind of feedback, analysis and exposure that a review would provide, I offer this service for a fee of $200 per book. It may be paid by check accompanying the submission of a physical book or via Paypal for a physical book or digital copy (Kindle, e-book, PDF, etc). This will not affect the objectivity of the review nor would you want it to if professional evaluation is what you're after. The fee is for the time and the prioritizing.

A strong, positive reading (extremely and appropriately inventive, never a dull moment, etc.) may (emphasize MAY) merit my posting an abstract from the review to other outlets (see below).

A strongly negative reading or a book deemed not to belong within the mystery/crime genre may result in no review posting at all. The fee will, however, cover a private email report. The author submits his or her book with that understanding and that, to cover the time involved, the fee is not refundable.

Please do not put me on a mailing list. This would only negate any chance of unpaid-for coverage. Alternate payment (subject to cancellation) for Kindle and eBook authors :
If you have a Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, etc. in good working order and are thinking of replacing it with a newer model, (or have done so) email me for approval to send it as a potential review fee for your book. Since these devices in used condition go for far less than the $200 fee, this could amount to a big saving for the author or a convenience. Email me with any questions about this program (link below).

If you're an author whose book I've reviewed, please accept my invitation to give me your reaction to what I've written about it and, most certainly, corrections if I got anything wrong. I'll consider anything you have to say as instructive! Please use the email address below to contact me.

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                   Critical Mystery Tour
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Yours, for the good read!

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