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Kathleen Costa

by Kathleen Costa


Jillian Hanford has made a temporary arrangement to take over her half-brother’s resort on Gull Island, manage renovations and turn it into a writer’s retreat. Several authors have already moved in with long-term leases taking advantage of the conducive environment for writing and unique collaborations. Have a murder needing to be solved? Talk it out with another author or gather everyone together…seven heads are better than one. Today’s topic is the recent death of Katrina Pomeroy, suspiciously occurring on the eleventh anniversary of the Friday the Thirteenth Massacre.

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by Kathleen Costa


Laura Howcroft is struggling as a new resident of Millerfield Village and with her new job at the Woodend Cottage Hotel. She’s only from Cambridge, less than 100 miles away, but many villagers think of her as just another ‘Foreigner,’ which will be hard to overcome. She is slowly making friends: Janet Lister, energetic co-employee and the very handsome Dr. Howard Lucas, the village’s only doctor, but oddly Monty is still her closest confident. Monty is not your normal BFF…he is a cat.

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by Kathleen Costa


In March, ACORN-TV had the exclusive US premier streaming all episodes of Midsomer Murders as it entered its nineteenth season. Beginning with author Caroline Graham’s iconic lead Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and following with his cousin DCI John Barnaby, the mysteries give the idyllic English countryside a darker underside where one will find family rivalries, backstabbing business partners, husbands against wives, wives against husbands, money issues, inheritance squabbles, and plenty of women scorned.

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by Kathleen Costa


Everything is coming up ‘roses’ for Sally Muccio (Mooch-EE-o) and her bakery, Sally’s Samples. A recent fire caused Sally to relocate, but regulars are back, business is booming, and the fortune cookies continue to be…cryptic. The very long awaited wedding between Sally and Mike is only a week away, and Sally’s mother didn’t take “we only want a small family gathering” for an answer, so Sally is very stressed and resigned to deal with all the per-wedding arrangements, including a last minute wedding cake tasting.

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by Kathleen Costa


It’s a quiet spring break morning in the Donovan-Zimmerman household. Zoe and Zak are pleased that Scooter is back indefinitely returning their little family back to normal, Levi and Ellie have moved in while renovations of the boathouse commence, and excitement is at an all time high because any day now Ellie should be delivering little Eli into the world.

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by Kathleen Costa


Garrett Hanford, close friend of the Jensen family, wants to renovate his resort, but a stroke has put him out of commission. Turtle Cove Resort has been in his family for generations, and the corporate vultures are offering to buy it, but their plans to tear it down and build a brand new mega-resort doesn’t sit well. So Tj, a big crew of family, friends and pets head out to South Carolina to lend a helping hand, but when they arrive they get an unwanted surprise…a dead Buck Barnes in the attic.

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Jack Taylor on Acorn TV

IN THE April 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Kathleen Costa


ACORN-TV provides hundreds of the best programming options including news & reviews, mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries, foreign language, feature films, and some programs only available on or original to ACORN-TV. The regular monthly or annual subscription fees are very reasonable, and with hours of commercial-free streaming enjoyment for the true fans of UK productions, you won’t be wondering, “What’s on the telly tonight?”

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by Kathleen Costa


The Kenni Lowry series by Tonya Kappes is a marvelous adventure following Sheriff Kendrick “Kenni” Lowry as she patrols Cottonwood, Kentucky. Along with Kenni, we meet Duke (hound dog pal), her staff, some of whom are very quirky and the State Police Reserve officer Finn Vincent, a handsome transplanted Yank. We also meet the citizens of Cottonwood, some more quirky than others, and…Poppa.

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by Kathleen Costa


The Oxford Tearoom Mystery series by H.Y. Hanna is my absolute favorite ‘cozy’ reading adventure. It has six very entertaining novels and a prequel, which is a great place to start and get those “How did she get here from there?” answers. Set outside Oxford, England, in the tiny Cotswold village of Meadowford on Smythe, Gemma Rose has opened up the quintessential image of ‘Olde England,’ The Little Stables Tearoom. She serves the best scones and pots of tea along with…murder.

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by Kathleen Costa


Digby Sloan has been hired as security for a 300-year old wooden icon called the “Kangaroo Dreaming” set to be the premier piece in an exhibit at the Royal Museum of London. The trip from Australia to London was long, but uneventful. However, the appearance of an Aboriginal man at the airport and on the street sets his little ‘gremlin’ (his professional sixth sense) chattering.

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by Kathleen Costa


Polly Blake and the rest of the Blake family are enjoying the annual Spring Equinox barbecue, until Uncle Larry collapses. The 911 call and the ambulance sirens both mark the emergency, but the lack of a pulse points to the futility. Grandpa can’t believe a healthy man just drops dead and yells it must be murder, but he always yells any Blake family death is murder. When the police’s preliminary determination is that Uncle Larry had been poisoned, Polly is at a loss as to how and why.

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by Kathleen Costa


Early morning in Hawaii is so peaceful…the colorful sunrise, swaying palms, gentle movement of the ocean waves, but…Shhhark! Kailani Pope decides to get a couple of surfing runs in before heading off to work at the Dolphin Bay Resort, but one shark fin leads to another, leads to a dozen. Quietly she watches the early morning breakfast frenzy near shore, and so does Sandy, her barking dog. When the sharks head off, Lani slowly heads into shore, but Sandy leaps into the surf and drags in…an arm! The tattoo is unique to a food truck vendor, Blaze Whitmore, whose undercutting the competition may have gotten him served up as lunch!

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Striking Out, An Acorn TV Original

IN THE April 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Kathleen Costa


ACORN-TV provides hundreds of the best programming options including news & reviews, mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries, foreign language, feature films and some programs only available or original to ACORN-TV. The regular monthly or annual subscription fees are very reasonable, and with hours of commercial-free streaming enjoyment for the true fans of UK productions, you won’t be wondering, “What’s on the telly tonight?”

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by Kathleen Costa


Lily Gayle Lambert is enjoying her afternoon gossiping with Miss Edna. She gets an earful about her great niece Harley Ann, opinions on touristy shop names popping up around town, and learns the new Bed and Breakfast, The Midnight Dragonfly, is opening next weekend. However, the identity of the new B&B owners is a mystery, but Miss Edna surmises it’s “probably some damn Yankees.”

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by Kathleen Costa


Our bewitching story begins with Caitlyn Le Fey sitting with her cousin, Pamona, savoring her tea and scones and pondering the somewhat shocking revelations of her birth. Her mother recently died in a tragic accident, and surrounded by her mother’s lawyers she was handed a letter—a letter that announced she was adopted, well, it turns out she was really found abandoned on the side of the road near a little Cotswold village called Tillyhenge with an unusual runestone around her neck.

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by Kathleen Costa


Roxanne Bloom, Roxy to her friends, found herself at a crossroads leaving a law practice and ex-husband behind. Her Aunt Maxine, with whom she spent many a wonderful summer, told her about the plans to revitalize the Honey Springs boardwalk prompting Roxy to follow one of her dreams. She attends barista school and cooking classes, rents one of Aunt Maxi’s buildings on the boardwalk, and opens ‘The Bean Hive,’ the area’s first coffeehouse.

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