Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mystery Wednesday

Big congratulations to Mystery Playground's own, Kerry Hammond, for having a story accepted for the 2018 Malice Domestic anthology. She's in great company. Here's the full list of titles and authors in the book, "Murder Most Geographical, edited by Nancy Pickard:

"The Jamaican Ice Mystery" by John Betancourt
"Arroyo" by Michael Bracken
"The End of the World" by Susan Breen
"We Shall Fight Them" by Carla Coupe
"Murder on the Northern Lights Express" by Susan Daly
"The Belle Hope" by Peter DiChellis
"Summer Job" by Judith Green
"To Protect the Guilty" by Kerry Hammond
"Ridgeline" by Peter Hayes
"What Goes Around" by Kathryn Johnson
"Keep Calm and Love Moai" by Eleanor Cawood Jones
"Czech Mate" by Kristin Kisska
"Mad About You" by G M Malliet
"Payback with Interest" by Cheryl Marceau
"A Divination of Death" by Edith Maxwell
"The House in Glamaig's Shadow" by William Burton McCormick
"Island Time" by Laura Oles
"Dying in Dokesville" by Alan Orloff
"If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Murder" by Josh Pachter
"Isaac's Daughters" by Anita Page
"Muskeg Man" by Keenan Powell
"The Barrister's Clerk" by Michael Robertson
"Death at the Congressional Cemetery" by Verena Rose
"The Breaker Boy" by Harriette Sackler
"Death on the Beach" by Shawn Reilly Simmons
"Summer Smugglers" by Triss Stein
"Ho'oponopono" by Robin Templeton
"Marigold in the Lake" by Susan Thibadeau
"The Cabin in the Woods" by Sylvia Maultash Warsh

"Death in a Strange and Beautiful Place" by Leslie Wheeler

Also excited to see friends of Mystery Playground, Edith Maxwell, Shawn Reilly Simmons and Anita Page, among the authors here. We'll have more about this anthology when it gets released in May. Kerry is already trying to figure out what drink she should match with her story. 

Speaking of short stories, who knew that Tom Hanks wrote short fiction? Well here's his YouTube video promoting his book full of them. Some of the reviews haven't been kind. 

And since we're on the subject of short stories, you should know that the November issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine is out, featuring a story from friend of Mystery Playground, Debra H. Goldstein, who also had a recent story in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. After you check out this issue, check out Mystery Weekly's Sherlock Holmes inspired issue and drink

Next, having nothing to do with short stories and everything to do with chocolate, Mystery Playground librarian, Pat Hernas, and our head photographer and recipe consultant, Janet Kuchler, and I headed out to Concord, CA to the Rachel Dunn chocolate factory for a candy making class and chocolate tasting this past Saturday. There has never been a better smelling factory, my friends. We had a great time - there was candy making and dipping, a little dancing and much tasting. A big thanks to Michael Dunn for showing us around the factory after class. If you have never tried one of their giant caramel & chocolate covered apples, you may want to check it out for the holidays. 

You cut it up with a sharp knife and it feeds twelve. Great idea for a holiday party. Way more creative than cake. 

Last, don't miss Linda Fairstein's excellent op ed in the Washington Post on why Nancy Drew is an excellent role model for today's girls (and boys). A big thank you to Art Taylor for pointing that one out. 

Hope you all have a great week. 
- Deborah Lacy


  1. Great post, Deb. Definitely congratulations to Kerry. Also I love that apple! What a wonderful idea to have that instead of cake. Apples are healthy right!?

    1. Well, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Although if the doctor thinks you're going to share this apple, they might come right over.

  2. Thanks for the reference! Honored to be in the company of the others mentioned in this column.