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Kathleen Costa

by Kathleen Costa


OK…Lily Gayle doesn’t get along with her bossy cousin, Benjie Carter, but he is family, so she meets him for a weekly dinner date. While they debate dessert, Ben gets a call alerting him it is time to put on his county sheriff hat and investigate an anonymous 911 call. Could it be a Halloween prank? Lily Gayle is not one to be left behind, so they head out and are surprised to find a dead body in the clearing. Is that a werewolf costume?

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The Good Witch On Hallmark

IN THE October 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Kathleen Costa


A shadow is seen in the alley. A light is seen in the abandoned house. A new resident arrives peaking interest and suspicion. The Good Witch opens with the town of Middleton enjoying cooler weather, dressing up in fall colors, and prepping for Halloween. Cassandra Nightingale (Catherine Bell) has taken up residence in the formerly abandoned and dilapidated mansion know as The Grey House with a deed and familial connection as the last living relative of the Grey Lady. She also has opened up a little shop called the Bell, Book, & Candle that offers herbs, elixirs, and unique crystals and charms to help with all sorts of maladies, concerns, and difficulties.

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by Kathleen Costa


This week we have a trio of fun Halloween mysteries from Kathi Daley, and an interview with her. We have Costume Catastrophe, Murder At the Witching Hour & Count Catula. Details at the end of this post on how to win copies of all 3, and links to purchase them.

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by Kathleen Costa


Hillary Broome exhausted from meeting her last ‘ghost writing’ deadline frets about ‘murky’ dreams of her mother long since having abandoned her and her father. But the upcoming vacation/long-over-due honeymoon in the Emerald Isle with her husband Ed, daughter Claire, and surrogate-mother Sarah will be a needed refreshment. Hillary will be meeting a few people, including friend Bridget Murphy, and exploring her paternal family who had emigrated to America after the famine and tuberculosis epidemic. Bridget says she’s found some interesting details, and can’t wait to share.

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by Kathleen Costa


Calamity ‘Callie’ Barnstable has quite the dilemma. After her father fell off a thirty-story construction site due to a faulty safety harness in what has been described as “an unfortunate occupational accident,” she has inherited his entire estate including a house of which she has no memory. The dilemma is the codicil which explains Callie must live in the house for one year.

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Mr. Lovejoy? …No, Just Lovejoy

IN THE August 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Kathleen Costa


As many will attest, British crime shows peek my interest every time. From dark suspense to quirky ‘dramedies,’ I revel in the varied accents, quaint village settings and it’s just far enough removed from American culture to be fascinating. So sitting enjoying a ‘cuppa,’ exploring YouTube to see if some of my favorites, long gone from even the most independent station, were available. What a delightful surprise to find a show with a wonderful twist on the crime-drama formula was accessible…Lovejoy!

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by Kathleen Costa


Inspector Morse concluded its run in 2000, but not its popularity. “What will the next invasion bring?” Two spin-off dramas crossed to our shores providing a positive nod to the original, yet unique enough to become favorites among the “Morse” fans.

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by Kathleen Costa


It is common for Detective Doug Milligan of the Rocky Bluff Police Department to be woken up in the middle of the night and meet up with partner Felix Zachary to investigate a major crime. It is also common for his police officer wife Stacey and daughter Beth to be very curious and push for details on the investigation. It is not, however, common for the body to be found under an abandoned pier with heavy stones piled on top of its chest like an ancient method of punishment.

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by Kathleen Costa


Paul Revere wouldn’t have been so worried had the British crossing to our shores been an army of detective dramas. He would have foregone his ride through the countryside, put on a pot of black-market tea and sat and enjoyed the invasion. He would have noticed a diversity in the era, setting and style of the lead detective and supporting team, but would have recognized that the programs shared the English twang, unique locations and intriguing characters. Paul would have become a convert!

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Houdini & Doyle: TV Review

IN THE June 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Kathleen Costa


In 1920, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini met sharing an interest in spiritualism. Doyle led the movement participating in many séances. Houdini was a professed skeptic, yet hid his true feelings about spiritualism and the afterlife. Their friendship continued for a few years, but a public feud about medium cases led to an ultimate breakup. FOX brings to television, with some literary license, a 10-episode first season exploring this relationship as the two men set out to investigate the paranormal: one wishes to validate as truth, the other wishes to debunk as fakery.

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by Kathleen Costa


Sherlock Holmes. He has been portrayed by many capable and varied actors: classic Basil Rathbone, iconic Jeremy Brent, steampunk-style Robert Downey Jr., and contemporary Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. However, a case can be made for another incarnation worthy of discussion. In 1981, HBO presented the 2-hour play Sherlock Holmes and the Strange Case of Alice Faulkner starring in the detective role…Frank Langella.

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by Kathleen Costa


Not only in America were the 1920s ‘roaring’ with jazz clubs, bordellos, gangsters, and emancipated women. Phryne (pronounced FRI-nee, rhymes with shiny) Fisher Detective novels, penned by Kerry Greenwood, are definitely ‘roaring’ with stories a bit sexier than your typical ‘cozy’ and exploring some adult themes and behaviors, but the humor is quirky, clever, and well worth watching. Perfect for television, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries first aired in Australia in 2012, and now has reached America.

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by Kathleen Costa


Sometimes Canada gets it right: Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Whiskey, Canadian bacon, and along with those, a unique Canadian detective television show. Murdoch Mysteries premiered in January, 2008, based on the mystery novels of the same name by Maureen Jennings, who also acts as an executive producer. The series is seen on Canadian television CBC, but through fortuitous channel surfing, it was found to also be airing on Ovation, a U.S. cable television network, under the title The Artful Detective.

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