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Kathleen Costa

by Kathleen Costa


The pandemic has directly effected our lives in many ways and we have tried desperately to find ways to keep ourselves engaged or distracted. We’re used to reruns, and in many cases don’t mind binging our favorite sit-com and movie series, but there’s On Demand, Netflix, Pay-Per-View, and a wide selection of streaming services for reasonable to “Ouch!” fees. For several years now, my “reasonable” membership in two streaming services has provided this Anglophile access to a wide variety of UK television shows and movies, some new and some longtime favorites.

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I am an eager fan of Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series not just for his clever mysteries, but for the strong female lead, endearing relationships, use of cultural language, and the picturesque descriptions of Botswana’s flora and fauna, so I was intrigued about Victoria Tait’s Kenya Kanga Mystery series, and judging by the marvelous covers, I was right to start reading her work. Now, I am a big fan of her stories, her lovely main character, and the intrigue and diversity of Kenya.

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What a way for Abby and Mike to enjoy their wedding anniversary than to celebrate at the place they had their first kiss sixteen years ago! Ralph’s tavern hadn’t changed much, and seemed to be the perfect local place for milestone celebrations. Felicia Sherman is getting married and enjoying her “hen party” festivities. She’d put a bit of the “bridezilla” into a last minute fortune cookie order, but, of course, Josie negotiated a premium price for her efforts.

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By no fault of her own and with Karma as her co-pilot, Mae West left New York City and moved to Normal, Kentucky. She had swore she’d never return to the area in which she had lived a few miles away. A terrible house fire left her orphaned and in foster care, then adopted, by Mary Elizabeth Mobley, but on her eighteenth birthday, she climbed out a window, had a friend drive her to the station, and took the first bus out of town.

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The Amesbury Daily News is filled with information about the Spring Opening that attracts visitors from around the world to the Massachusetts town. The planned events including social gatherings, soirées, and carriage companies opening their doors to the public. It’s a great boast for local businesses and good PR for the carriage industry. But, the news of the brutal murder of a Canadian executive from Canada’s biggest carriage company has gossip moving at electric speed.

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Along with a “green thumb,” albeit still in training, twenty-something Poppy Lancaster inherited Hollyhock Cottage and a “need some TLC” cottage garden nursery situated in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. The small village of Bunnington is a far cry from her life in London, but Poppy is beginning to fit well into village life making new friends and working hard to reenergize the business of which her grandmother was so proud.

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The new subdivision nestled on land in the Daniel Boone National Park will soon be filled with mega-buck homes, and despite any positive impact on the local economy, it continues to cause a kerfuffle among residents of Normal, Kentucky. Some see the influx of people with money just what the town needs, but others believe it puts the peaceful nature of this small community in jeopardy. Mae listens to the debate, and it seems there may be more to Blair Builders getting the land approved to build on than meets the eye, and when one of their realtors is found dead in the model home, she is compelled to look deeper into the situation.

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by Kathleen Costa


Law & Order is an iconic American television drama spinning off other iconic and long-running shows, so why not send it over the pond to the UK? Law & Order | UK aired originally in 2009, and currently, AcornTV is showing the first five seasons with a cast that in my opinion rivals, if not surpasses, its American cousin. The “police who investigate crime” is led by Detective Sergeant Ronnie Brooks (brilliantly cast with Bradley Walsh), partnered with Detective Sergeant Matt Devlin (Jamie Bamber), and under the supervision of Senior Inspecting Officer Natalie Chandler (all-time favorite Harriet Walter).

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Despite being part of Julienne’s work assignment, she and Mason, her now official boyfriend, jumped at the chance for a romantic getaway; many of their alone time rendezvous have been interrupted by family or friends, so being six hours away may be the buffer they need. Her boss, Chandler Carlton, recently purchased the Enchantment Canyon Resort, a “mind, body, and spirit wellness” retreat just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, and she has been tasked to train the staff on new operating procedures and software linking it to the Colorado facility. Milling around are guests taking advantage of the healthy activities, peaceful atmosphere, and the corporate facilities for team building and strategy meetings.

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The frantic demand was punctuated by the sound of sirens, whizzing of firetrucks, and billowing of smoke from the fire engulfing the guard gate and gatehouse leading to Hemingway Hills golf course. Close friend of Marty’s, Jody Emerson, is desperate for the G.O.L.D. girls to look further into the fire that seems to be covering up a theft. She worries her husband Ralph and some co-workers might be blamed…injured guard, missing weapons, and property damage.

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It’s been a little over two years since twenty-something Cassie McGlone escaped a difficult relationship and moved to Chadwick, New Jersey, opening Cassie’s Comfy Cats, a down-to-earth, no uppity frills cat grooming and boarding business. Housed in an older two-story home, the ground floor has grooming stations, a playroom, and several cat condos for the extended stay. Her assistant Sarah Wilcox, a retired high school teacher, is a good friend for listening and offering advice as well as being an invaluable “extra pair of hands.”

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It’s the mornings with a glorious picturesque sunrise, fragrant aroma of coffee, and Pepper, Roxy’s schnauzer, snoring in the corner that made life perfect. But opening in the morning can be hectic when Aunt Maxi pops in to help with her bright yellow and purple streaked hair, can of hair spray, and vocal opinions about wanting grand-nieces or nephews. [Cue the Open sign] Roxy greets a customer coming in for a steaming cup of her New Year’s blend including a journalist from Healthy Women’s Magazine.

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The 1920s are in full swing with people trying to get back to some kind of normal after “the war to end all wars.” Blanche Tucker, one of Alafair Tucker‘s gaggle of daughters, is restless, so she is easily taken in by a man claiming to be a film producer saying she has “IT.”

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It’s the late fourteenth century London, and Crispin Guest is dealing with the consequences of his treasonous actions against Richard II. He has his head and entrails intact, but the loss of his rank, his position, his fiancée, his friends, and all support to make a living leave little for which to be thankful. However, he does have his wits on which in the past he has relied, if only he had a plan to use them to survive on the city’s mean streets.

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