About Us & Review Policies



At Mystery Playground, we love books and we love to have fun. It takes a crazy bunch of people doing what they love to post here every day, plus a bevy of wonderful guest bloggers. 

Here's a rundown of the core team:

Deborah Lacy is Editor-in-Chief of Mystery Playground. Deborah's short crime fiction has appeared in Mystery Weekly MagazineDark Corners and the 2016 Bouchercon Anthology, Blood on the Bayou. She has a story coming out in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. 

Deborah also writes for MacMillian publishing's Criminal Element. By day, Deborah runs Storyteller Playground, to help businesses with their communications and storytelling. You can find her on Twitter @deblacy. 

Kerry Hammond is Mystery Playground's secret weapon, Book Reviewer Extraordinaire, Author Tracker, and overall Creative Genius. She is a lawyer by trade and also writes for the Washington Park Profile and Criminal Element. You can follow her on Twitter @KerryHammond88.

Sharon Long is a Book Reviewer Extraordinaire and a member of the Crime & Beyond Book Club. Her author Qs & As get straight to the heart of the writing. 

Lorraine Masonheimer is the Crafting Guru, coming up with everything from NCIS baseball hat cakes to mysterious and somewhat menacing birthday cards. Seriously, you have to check out her paper crafts. 

Kim Hammond is Mystery Playground's Chief Author Tracker and Member-at-Large. She is super crafty in multiple ways and runs the Crime Scene Sisters Etsy shop
She inhales audio books like most people breathe. 

Pat Hernas is our Chief Librarian and a Recipe and Craft Consultant. She is the genius behind the Mystery Playground coloring books pages and is the go-to person to help with Crafty Thursday posts.

Janet Kuchler is our Head Photographer and a Recipe and Craft Consultant, formerly of our Portland, Oregon office. Janet is now back in the Silicon Valley making Agatha Christie pillows. 



Book Reviews

The team at Mystery Playground reviews books almost every week. We accept books from authors and traditional publishers for review, but after we receive a book, if one or all of us discovers that it isn't for us, we may not review it. When we get books from publishers, we say so in the review.

We review traditionally published crime fiction of all kinds. We love short stories and non-fiction about the history of the mystery genre. We also love the occasional cookbook, related to mystery or not. In general, we do not review true crime.

The best way to contact us is to send us a private message via the Mystery Playground Facebook page

Product Reviews

We sometimes do product reviews if the products are related somehow to books, mysteries or thrillers. 

If products are given to us free of charge, we declare it in the review.  


The best way to contact us is to send us a private message via the Mystery Playground Facebook page

Guest Blog Posts

Mystery Playground accepts guest posts from traditionally published authors, but you should get our agreement before you start writing. The best way to contact us is to send us a private message via the Mystery Playground Facebook page

Guest opportunities include:

Drinks with Reads - Our popular Friday feature matches a book with a drink (and recipe) and a photo of both together. Authors should talk about why the drink matches their book. Contact us on the Mystery Playground Facebook page via private message to learn more. 

Author Q&A - We run Q&A with traditionally published authors of all sorts of crime fiction. We send the questions and include a photo of your book and you.

Crafty Thursdays - Each Thursday a craft is featured with comprehensive instructions and photos. Crafts should relate to books or mysteries, but some exceptions have been made. Authors who write craft mysteries can discuss their book related to the craft in the post. 




You can find us on Twitter @mysteryplaygrnd.




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