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Kathleen Costa

by Kathleen Costa


Bernadette Toothaker is the daughter of the founder of Cauldron Cove, a most renowned witch, and despite being the eldest at almost three centuries old, is the general manager of the successful Witchy Expo Service. Together with her granddaughter Nimue, they create the most unique, often whimsical, conventions offering lots of magical elements, however humans tend to be their biggest clientele since witches and warlocks aren’t all that interested in some of the flash.

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by Kathleen Costa


It’s only been two and a half months since Julia Bonatti lost her fiancé in a hit and run and now struggling has been her daily M-O. Finding a safe place to grieve without judgements or constant reminders of the life that’s now gone meant only one thing…her grandmother Gloria’s home. There she’s been able to shut herself off, and even though “Nonni” can identify since she lost, although many years ago, her own love, she recognizes for Julia it’s not a case of moving on, but just getting out…one step at a time.

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by Kathleen Costa


AcornTV is a popular streaming option I have enjoyed for four years, and the membership continues to be a great value: monthly $5.99 or yearly fee special $59.99. The programming is an Anglophiles dream, I can attest, with vintage, classic, and contemporary sit coms, dramas, detective mysteries, and a few travel documentaries I found fascinating.

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by Kathleen Costa


It’s August, and the heat of the summer exacerbates the heat of emotions, so Crispin is confidant a new tracking job will soon find him. Enjoying an ale with his apprentice, his prediction comes true with the appearance of a young boy, “You’re that Tracker they talk of, aren’t you?” Saint Frideswide Priory’s Lady Prioress is distressed by the recent deaths by “misadventure” at the priory. First, their apothecary died suddenly of fever, then, days later, two nuns died under suspicious and gruesome circumstances.

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by Kathleen Costa


Set out the tea and mince pies and have yourself a Happy Christmas courtesy of AcornTV! Many new productions are being aired since they have been diligent in following set Covid protocols, so it has been exciting to have favorites and new programs popping up from the new seasons of Vera and Midsomer Murders to brand new treats like The Long Call and Dalgliesh.

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Christmas, Tonya Kappes-Style

IN THE December 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
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by Kathleen Costa


These two series by Tonya Kappes are all-time personal favorites: A Camper & Criminals Cozy introduced in 2018 and Killer Coffee Mystery in 2017. I am quite invested in the diverse characters along with their love lives, friends and family, and methods used to solve a murder. Both series are set in tourist-friendly small towns in Kentucky, but one revolves around running a campground while the other a coffeehouse. Both have strong females who have suffered personal set backs, but have successfully reimagined their personal and professional lives, made great friends, and found true love…oh, picked up a few fur buddies, too.

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by Sandra Murphy


It’s Christmas time in the Valley. Chet and Bernie of the Little Detective Agency, Little being Bernie’s last name, Chet being the dog, could use another job. Chet is puzzled when Bernie turns down work and instead, passes the job to another PI, Victor. Chet and Bernie are action oriented, Chet being the one who grabs the perp’s pants leg and hangs on, Bernie being the smartest guy in the room. Victor is a better researcher than an active PI, so it makes sense for him to take the job.

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by Kathleen Costa


AcornTV is one of my favorite go-to entertainment sites, and it’s not just for avid Anglophiles. It has a reasonable membership fee (monthly $5.99 or an annual special $59.99) in comparison to other options available, and offers hours and hours of engaging dramas (Single-Handed), laugh-out-loud comedies (Boomers), clever mysteries (Agatha Raisin), and informative documentaries (Adrian Dunbar’s Coastal Ireland) from all over the British Commonwealth.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Catherine Bruns


It’s Harvest Park, New York, and Theresa “Tessa” Esposito, Tess to some, had everything, but unfortunately, last year her life turned upside down when her husband was killed in a tragic auto accident that would later be confirmed as murder. It was a tragic time, but Tessa always found cooking to be her best therapy. She has fond memories of the sights, smells, and tastes of all the Italian delicacies bubbling in her grandmother’s kitchen, and now, in the kitchen of her own restaurant, Anything’s Pastable, she is making memories of her own for family, friends, and guests with many of those same recipes to which she’s adding some of her own touches.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Kathleen Bridge


Meg Barrett fled Manhattan and her top job at American Home and Garden magazine and escaped to Montauk, Long Island—bad break-ups can make for quite a cloudy day. One silver lining, though, has Meg using her background and experience to open up a small interior design business, Cottages by the Sea, and creating a successful enterprise. Another silver lining is partnering with good friend Elle Warner, who owns a local shop filled with vintage treasures, and using their “passion for interior design and junk pickin’” as resources on a local TV production about a 30s detective duo.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Maggie Blackburn


Summer Merriweather is a professor of Shakespearean literature at a Virginia university on sabbatical. Six months ago, she was in England researching details for a book she hoped to publish, but she received tragic news that would redirect her life forever. Her mother, Hildy, passed away from a suspected heart attack, and Summer inherited not only her Brigid’s Island bookshop, Beach Reads, but an African gray parrot, Mr. Darcy, as well.

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by Kathleen Costa


BritBox is the perfect compliment to my other streaming membership with only a handful of shows overlapping, and with limited convenient access to UK productions on cable television, the additional $6.99 monthly or $69.99 annual fee, I feel, after three years, it is still well worth the expense.

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by Kathleen Costa


Fifty-something Grace Kimball retired after twenty-five years as a teacher at Endurance High School, and her friends Deb O’Hara, Jill Cunningham, and TJ Sweeney all had their own idea about what her second act should be. An offer to write a bi-weekly book review column for the local newspaper seemed a perfect fit for a former English teacher, but the job, however, led her to a mystery that caused her to confront her own tragedy.

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by Kathleen Costa


AcornTV was my first streaming experience…my gateway entertainment, so to speak. I tested a few free trials, but this membership offered me everything I could want as an incurable Anglophile. With access to several favorites, often iconic, British productions and a vast number of new-to-me programs I thought I’d never be able to enjoy short of traveling to London, I was in Heaven.

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