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Stumptown On ABC

IN THE November 16 ISSUE

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by Vicki Vass


After watching the first three episodes of Stumptown, I am hooked. Lead character Dex, a former Marine interrogator suffering from PTSD, is living on the edge. The edge of poverty, the edge of reason, and the edge of denial. Played by Cobie Smulders, Dex is rough and snarky, an older tougher Veronica Mars.

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by Kathleen Costa


BritBox is one of my favorite streaming options for movies and television programs any Anglophile will find satisfying, compelling, and very entertaining. From vintage 1970s detective dramas and comedies to current 2019 mysteries and sit-coms, I have enjoyed hours and hours binging wonderful shows from England to Scotland from Down Under to Up North. For my personal convenience I choose an annual subscription fee, since I don’t see any reason I would ever suspend my membership, but for others the monthly fee option might be preferred. Either way both are very reasonable. Anyone can forgo a latte a month in exchange for “calorie free” entertainment, right?

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by Kathleen Costa


Anglophiles living in the U.S. have for decades been at a disadvantage when trying to find UK movies and television programs. Oh, sure, you might see some recent episodes or movies on PBS or a few cable channels, but they are inconsistently available. Hurrah for AcornTV!

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina On Netflix

IN THE October 19 ISSUE

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by Vicki Vass


Released in 2018, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a not-quite reboot of the 1990s TV sitcom Sabrina: The Teen-age Witch. Both series center on the same lead character, Sabrina Spellman, the teen witch who first debuted in Archie’s Madhouse in October 1962. The character then received her own comic series and animated series until gaining new popularity with the 1990s series starring Melissa Joan Hart.

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by Doward Wilson


Hallmark Movies and Mysteries presents Danica McKellar and Victor Webster in Hallmark’s newest Signature Mysteries, Matchmaker Mysteries: A Killer Engagement.

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by Doward Wilson


Allison Sweeney stars as Alex McPherson and Benjamin Ayres stars as Drew Goddard in the Chronicle Mysteries: The Deep End. Alex and Drew are following the trial of a woman who is being charged with the murder of her husband. As Alex follows the trial on her podcast, she becomes convinced that the woman is innocent and being railroaded into a guilty verdict. Can Alex find the real murderer in time to clear the woman’s name before the trial is over?

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A Discovery of Witches Mini Series

IN THE October 5 ISSUE

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by Kathleen Costa


Dr. Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) is a visiting research fellow at Oxford University set to explore prized manuscripts connected to her academic research into alchemy in the seventeenth century. She also comes from an extraordinary family of witches, with the distinction of being a direct descendant of Bridget Bishop who, in 1692, was the first to be executed for witchcraft during the Salem witch trials.

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The Tradition of Nancy Drew

IN THE September 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
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by Sharon Tucker



Nancy Drew adventures have been mainstream for over eighty years for good reason: she is our hero. It matters little that over the years these novels have had different authors writing under the pen name Carolyn Keene; what does matter is each author has carried on the original intent to give readers an intelligent, resourceful young woman who not only loves to unravel mysteries, but is very good at it, much in the tradition of the Hardy Boys, her contemporaries in stories of investigation.

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Veronica Mars is Back

IN THE September 14 ISSUE

FROM THE Mysteryrat's Maze,
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by Vicki Vass


She’s back. It’s been fifteen years since America’s second favorite teen detective (Nancy Drew remains number 1) burst on the scene to audience acclaim. Hulu has brought back the girl, now woman, detective with a slightly older but no less witty Veronica, still played by Kristen Bell and series creator Rob Thomas for season 4.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The entire issue of Kings River Life is over on KRL News and Reviews this week due to some more much needed maintenance over here on KRL. So please hop on over there and check out all the fun articles up this week. We have a review of the latest season of Grantchester, reviews and giveaways of several mysteries, local arts articles, a local restaurant article, and two animal rescue articles!

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by Doward Wilson


Three new Aurora Teagarden Mysteries (A Game Of Cat And Mouse, An Inheritance To Die For, and A Very Foul Play) recently aired on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel Sunday night schedule. Cameron Candace Bure returns as librarian and true crime buff Aurora “Roe” Teagarden and Niall Matter, a Hallmark movie regular, portrays Professor Nick Miller, Aurora’s new love interest.

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by Kathleen Costa


BritBox, to me, is synonymous for “binging.” With the variety of mini-series or multiple-season programs from comedies to dramas to mysteries, it is marvelous that BritBox provides them in bunches or all at once. No waiting. I can start at the beginning and in an afternoon, over the weekend, or all month long I can enjoy a few laughs, a few sighs, or a cringe or two.

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by Kathleen Costa


The streaming options of Acorn-TV and BritBox are excellent opportunities to enjoy U.K. detective programs, but not everyone has the equipment, and although very reasonable, can’t justify purchasing a membership. For those people, there are still avenues to explore beyond network television.

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by Doward Wilson


Hallmark Movies and Mysteries newest movie is Mystery 101: Playing Dead, starring Jill Wagner as Amy Winslow, a college professor, and Kristoffer Polaha as Travis Burke, the local police detective. Jill Wagner is best known for playing co-host on ABC’s Wipeout and Kate Argent on Teen Wolf. Kristoffer Polaha has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies.

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