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Kathleen Costa

by Kathleen Costa


Mae is always trying to make Happy Trails a full-service campground. This year she’s added a variety of water sports to the “things to do” since the local company that she counted on was forced to close down. Mae doesn’t have a lot of experience with kayaking, canoeing, white-water rafting, and fishing, so why not jump into the deep end of the pool with Paddle Fest, a weeklong summer festival, and to make it more exciting, she’s reintroducing the kayak competition with contestants arriving from all over the country which includes future Olympian Bryce Anderson.

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by Kathleen Costa


Passengers hoping to explore the ports of call head over to the Port Adventures and book a exciting excursion from up close animal interactions to once-in-a-lifetime explorations. Not always the easiest task for Lexi when one wants “this” and another wants “that,” but it is rewarding to help create forever memories. Her first client of the day arrives and turns into an unexpected reunion. Josie Brooks was a close childhood friend, but her parent’s divorce caused Josie to move away and the two friends to lose contact. Now, she stands in front of Lexi as the recently knotted Mrs. Phillip Edwards with a obscenely large diamond ring perched on her finger.

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by Kathleen Costa


PBS is an easy, free way to see some favorite and popular U.K. mysteries and police procedural with access to Masterpiece Mystery on KVIE and KVIE2 (Sacramento) and KQED (San Francisco). Every year Endeavour shows up, but with infrequent reruns the rest of the year. Father Brown is a regular with weekly reruns from the current and some of the previous seasons. I also make regular weekly visits to watch favorites like Vera, Death in Paradise, Prime Suspect, Grantchester, Morse, Lewis, Midsomer Murders, The Dr. Blake Mysteries and more although not the full series and not all the time. However, even with issues of regularity, variety, and completeness, PBS is a good way for many to enjoy these popular favorites.

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by Kathleen Costa


When Max barks, Georgie listens, but this time it’s a more pleasant command. She’s expected to step in as a PR substitute and attend a cocktail party in the historic canal district of Venice, California. The evening will showcase guest of honor and jazz singer Kay Garland accented with excellent food with a “Big Easy” flare.

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by Kathleen Costa


Shady Pines Resort is hosting their own version of the Great British Baking Show competition to highlight Florida’s iconic dessert…Key Lime Pie. Five competitors of varying age, background, temperament, and experience vie for an all-inclusive vacation as first prize. It is described as quite a culinary coup to get former TV chef, now food critic, Chad Coleman to agree to judge, and since Ellie has made a name for herself with her last success uncovering a murderous resort guest, she’s been asked by the resort owner to act as a judge in a runner-up contest…delicious, she thinks!

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by Kathleen Costa


Missy is in awe of the beautiful Honeycutt Hall, a mansion situated on an old sugar plantation. With its own private chapel, it’s the perfect site for the wedding between heiress Lorelei Honeycutt and Wesley Carmichael. Everything is set for the ceremony, but the bride is near hyperventilating over her veil. Missy is very familiar with last minute jitters, changes in opinions, and unreasonable demands, but she is very good at her job. Although there was that veil incident with Stormie Lanai, local newscaster in Baton Rouge, making each not very glad to see one another at the festivities.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Wendy Tyson


The Von Tresslers were not normal members of the small Pennsylvanian community. With their wealth and attitude, they essentially kept themselves separated from the townspeople shunning invitations to join in, participate, or patronize local businesses along with poaching all the contractors in the area to build their mansion on the hill no matter to what projects they had already committed.

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by Kathleen Costa


Zibby and Cady are very excited about arriving in Barbados and having three-days of well-deserved free time. Zibby’s never been to the island and looks forward to sampling the local rum, and Cady can’t wait to see her long-distance beau, Aiden Griffith, who’s opened up a new bar/restaurant, Ocean Grille. While at the restaurant, they met a group of thirty-something college friends who are having an impromptu class reunion. The fifth wheel in the group, Barclay Murdock, invites Zibby and Cady to join them, and plans are made for the two to tag along to Harrison’s Caves, a must-see local attraction.

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by Kathleen Costa


What a delivery system for news and announcements in Whispering Falls! Faith Mortimer, editor-in-chief and clairaudient, “whispers” into the air the news and announcements for subscribers to “psychically” hear…definitely eco-friendly! This morning she leads with an announcement about the baby shower to celebrate June’s Little One’s impending arrival. It’s not known if it’s Little Girl or Little Boy since June prefers the surprise. However, first things first is a check-up with a non-magical doctor that June discovered had been her mother’s doctor when fresh out of med school.

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AcornTV Streaming: Mr. and Mrs. Murder

IN THE August 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
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by Kathleen Costa


What better way to fill the “stay home” hours than by streaming clever and fun murder mysteries! AcornTV has an excellent library of vintage, iconic, and contemporary mysteries, dramas, and police procedurals. Get your Sherlock on with lots of Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Miss Marple, then Pie in the Sky, Above Suspicion, and Deadwater Fell. But your reasonable monthly or annual membership also includes comedies (French Fields, Trivia), documentaries (The Family Farm, Bollywood), and feature films (The Return, The Scapegoat).

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by Kathleen Costa


Ellie steps off the plane and breathes deep the fragrant Florida air dabbing the sweat from her brow. Dreams come true! When she arrives at the hotel, safely since the driver may have had some questionable liquid refreshment, she discovers a sun hat and flip flops and…Aunt Olive missing. It is strange since Aunt Olive had made a big deal about attending the writers’ conference held at the resort.

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by Kathleen Costa


Road trip! Amy took the hint and decided to take her mom to see her long-time friend, Carl Forster. Although a late start, the eight-hour trip is uneventful, except for the Stutger’s Beer jingle rattling in their heads. Barb checks in with Carl updating their ETA to about three hours out. He didn’t seem himself on the phone informing Barb he had an important appointment to keep, and the key will be on the porch and dinner in the refrigerator.

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by Kathleen Costa


Wally, the Chechen terrorist whose reputation took a massive hit when Merry’s spy identity was made known, has set himself up on the front lawn of Merry’s second house, the one she uses as her Troop’s clubhouse and the place she hides all her spy weapons and gadgets. The troop was forced to return early from their pool trip due to a few misunderstandings about frogs and sharks, and seeing the stranger, the Girl Scouts have him surrounded.

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by Kathleen Costa


As an adventurer at heart, Mona was excited to learn she’d be attending a party where the host’s father-in-law is the famous egyptologist Sir Jonathon Alden. His daughter, Elspeth Neferet Alden, has married Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt Hopper, and the party is to present the new, and young, Mrs. Hopper to Lexington society. But, Mona is suspicious about their marital bliss having found the new bride crying and is that a bruise on her arm?

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