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TV

You Are the Top! My Best From 2018

IN THE January 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
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by Kathleen Costa


In 2018, I reviewed 160 entertaining books along with connecting with loads of talented and delightfully friendly authors. It was a daunting task to choose my top favorites for the year because every single book, and a few television shows, have provided me with hours of entertainment and some inspiration…

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by Kathleen Costa


From Great Britain to Canada and then Down Under, Acorn-TV offers engaging, sometimes quirky, mysteries, comedies, dramas, documentaries…something for every Anglophile’s tastes. I’ve been totally entertained over the past year since joining Acorn-TV.

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The Rookie: TV Review

IN THE December 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
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by Doward Wilson



One of the best new shows this TV Season is ABC’s The Rookie created by Alexi Hawley and starring Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, a forty-year-old rookie in the Los Angeles Police Department. After he is accidentally involved in helping the police during an armed robbery, John sells his construction company, finalizes his divorce, sends his son off to college, and moves to Los Angeles where he enrolls in the police academy and manages to graduate with all the twenty-something recruits.

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The New Magnum PI: TV Review

IN THE November 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
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by Doward Wilson



In this updated version of Magnum P.I. Thomas Magnum (played by Jay Hernandez), a decorated former Navy Seal who is trying to get his P.I. business off the ground in the tropical surroundings of Oahu, Hawaii.

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by Doward Wilson
& Lorie Lewis Ham



laire Darrow (played by Kimberly Williams-Paisley from Father of the Bride) is an idealistic lawyer who fights for truth and justice, even if she doesn’t get paid. Her estranged mother, Joanna (played by Wendie Malick) is also a lawyer who has returned home to rejoin the family firm.

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by Kathleen Costa


In my experience, it is akin to going from albums to 8-track, from cassettes to CDs, and now downloading your favorite tunes to your iPod. Don’t get me started on radios to record players to tape decks to…I still have my Walkman! And, for visual entertainment we may be seeing television networks as obsolete and online streaming the way of the future.

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Welcome to Brakebills…The Magicians TV Review

IN THE October 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Trista Holmes


Welcome to Brakebills…
This phrase started Quentin Coldwater on a journey he won’t soon forget…if he survives, that is. After his acceptance into the prestigious college, Quentin, and his best friend Julia, part ways when she is denied entry. This sets the tale of the SyFy television series The Magicians into motion.

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by Doward Wilson


Meet Jennifer Shannon (Lori Loughlin) and her business partner and best friend, Dani (Sarah Strange). Together they own Rags to Riches, an antique and consignment store and thanks to Jennifer being a “Murder Magnet,” they also solve crimes! This August the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel gave viewers an entire month of new Garage Sale Mysteries.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Rick Copp



A bit actress in television roles until she retired from working in Hollywood twenty years ago, Poppy Harmon had settled into life as a mother and wife to a businessman in Palm Desert, California. So it was a shock to discover that after Chester’s recent death, his gambling addiction has completely bankrupted her, leaving her with multiple mortgages and a depleted savings account.

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by Kathleen Costa


Anglophiles in the United States have always been at a disadvantage when trying to access U.K. television programs and movies. Some are picked up and presented on local public television stations, but consistency and variety are problematic.

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by Doward Wilson


The new Morning Show Mystery, Murder on the Menu, stars Holly Robinson Peete as Billie Blessings, chef, restaurant owner, and a television morning show host, and Rick Fox as Homicide Detective, Ian Jackson.

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by Doward Wilson


Hallmark Movies & Mysteries gives us a new trio of Hailey Dean Mysteries that bring up the fifteen-year-old unsolved murder of her fiancé, Will, as a subplot that comes to an exciting and unexpected conclusion in the third story.

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