Kathleen Costa

Snuffed Out: A Magic Candle Shop Mystery By Valona Jones: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Kathleen Costa


Thirty-year-old Tabby Winslow and her twin “older” sister Sage inherited from their mother Marjoram The Book and Candle Shop in Savannah, Georgia, which had been in the family for three generations. They handcraft aromatic candles along with selling statues of mythical creatures, books on Savannah, lotions and soaps, and plants, as well as providing a quiet, restorative environment.

Courting Dragons A King’s Fool Mystery By Jeri Westerson: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa


Entertainment in the sixteenth century, by our modern standards, was primitive: no moving pictures streaming, recorded music to take on the road, or thousands of books in your tiny hand-held device. No, none of that, it was a “fool” in colorful garb telling quips and storytelling, doing athletic stunts and magic tricks, or performing musical interludes and dramatic interpretations.

Family History Mystery: Buried Past, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

by Kathleen Costa


Hallmark has recently had a bit of a shake-up with several of its stars opting to sign contracts with a competing channel reportedly for varying reasons from money to creative differences to positions of power. This has Hallmark Movies & Mysteries looking in other directions to fulfill the need for more romance and holiday movies as well as cozy-style movies in their Signature Mysteries.

AcornTV Streaming: Whitstable Pearl

by Kathleen Costa


AcornTV continues to provide outstanding programming to entertain to no end this Anglophile with quality audio and video, easy access online or through their app, and the freedom to stream anywhere, anytime, and on a variety of devices. For a reasonable membership fee ($6.99 monthly; annual $69.99 special), I have enjoyed classics that never made it across the pond as well as engaging detective shows, intense dramas, sidesplittingly comedies, and informative documentaries.

PBS Mystery Trifecta: Three Brilliant Gems!

by Kathleen Costa


Masterpiece Mystery is a popular PBS series bringing excellent mysteries and thrillers set around the world and in various time periods. Your PBS station can be found through many locations: KQED is the Bay Area, KVIE is Sacramento/Stockton, and KVPT is the Fresno area. No membership requirement, although each station takes frequent pledge breaks during the year and some have special access opportunities. PBS KVIE Passport is available to members donating $60/year or more or $5/month or more.

The Last Party By Clare Mackintosh: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa


Thirty-year-old Ffion (F?-on) Morgan has been divorced for a year and now living with her “mam” Elen. She is an adult, and in her defense, mentions it often, but her mother continues to be the same nosy, overprotective woman she was when Ffi Wyllt (Wild Ffion) earned her moniker. She has no children, doesn’t want any, but her sister Seren is a teenaged handful. Her dating life is more the “no entanglement” kind. But, of course, there are always surprises.

Murder on the Widow’s Walk By Christine Knapp: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Kathleen Costa


Maeve O’Reilly Kensington is a midwife, a career often misunderstood in the modern world of medicine, but she and her colleagues are quite popular at Creighton Hospital in the seaside town of Langford, Massachusetts. Her husband Will Kensington decided to follow his culinary dreams instead of joining his family’s investment firm, but recently his business took a huge blow to its reputation after being connected to a murder.

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