Kathleen Costa

The Storyteller’s Death By Ann Dávila Cardinal: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Kathleen Costa


Isla Larsen Sanchez was eight years old, in 1970, when her mother Elena took her to stay with her maternal relatives in Puerto Rico. It was the first time she would be left alone for an entire summer even though she begged to stay in New Jersey to help take care of her ailing father. She cried in the arms of her Tia Alma, her grandmother’s sister, asking her to tell her a story to help alleviate her sadness, but she’s met with “…I don’t tell stories. Abeula tells stories.”

AcornTV Streaming: All the Right Ingredients Recipes for Love and Murder

by Kathleen Costa


AcornTV is the perfect remedy for boredom! Whether you need a belly-laugh, a pluck on your heartstrings, a cringeworthy nail-biter, or good triumphs over evil karma, AcornTV has what you need. For a reasonable membership fee (monthly $6.99, or special annual $69.99), I have access to a wide range of programs from those I can’t live without to those…I guess I can’t live without!

AcornTV Streaming: Iconic Pair in an Aussie Gem! Darby and Joan

by Kathleen Costa


AcornTV is a harmless vice I plan never to drop. On the cusp of the baby boomer era, I grew up with television enjoying reruns from the “Golden Age of Television” to new shows that are now classics. I was introduced early to many British productions like The Avengers, but those Brit sitcoms and dramas were few and far between…until now!

Steeped to Death By Gretchen Rue: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Kathleen Costa


Auntie Eudora Black was a tea connoisseur having traveled the world sampling blends from the every day to the exotic. After one such adventure, she returned to Raven Creek, Washington, and found her favorite used bookshop was closing. She jumped at the chance to rescue it, and after turning the large supply closet into a tearoom, The Earl’s Study opened.

The Rising Tide A Vera Stanhope Novel By Ann Cleeves: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa


DCI Vera Stanhope has been the lead detective for the Northumberland Police Constabulary for many years although don’t comment on the amount of years it truly is. She is the epitome of a workaholic, rarely taking time off, as she is more comfortable in the middle of an investigation with the people she considers like family. Growing up she was always an outsider due to her short and plump stature and her father’s peculiar, if not illegal, pastime.

A Deadly Covenant By Michael Stanley: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa


Every great detective started somewhere. Detective David “Kubu” Bengu had that defining moment when, as a new detective sergeant, he became involved in a large diamond heist and multiple murder investigation (Facets of Death). Many of his colleagues were suspicious of the young hefty man assigned to Botswana’s Criminal Investigation Department straight out of university, but his insights were key and put him on the path to promotion and a brilliant career.

Murder and an Irish Curse By Melissa Bourbon: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Kathleen Costa


Pippin is busy making her Sea Captain’s Inn a friendly destination, a feat the local paper was kind to highlight. So, why is local reporter, Moria O’Quinn, wanting to do another story about Pippin and the Inn? Well, she doesn’t and isn’t. She has become quite a nuisance, even insinuating Pippin may be a witch. She says she’s heard rumors of Pippin’s bibliomancy, somewhat unlikely, and knows much more than she should about the gift, which is suspicious, and Pippin is finding it difficult to maintain an evasive attitude.

Guilty as Framed By Lois Winston: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa


Updating her “1950s suburban rancher” is long overdue, but accepting the kindness of strangers, namely her fiancé and her neighbor, is a challenge. Although when a tattered man, jawing a cigar, and wearing a fedora demands to see Johnnie D ‘cause “he’s got something of mine,” accepting a forceful hand to block the man’s entrance is a no-brainer.

The Bangalore Detectives Club: A Novel By Harini Nagendra: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Kathleen Costa


It’s August, 1921. A stranger from Majjigepura, the village of buttermilk, arrives well after dark at the address of Mrs. Kaveri Murthy, the mathematician and lady detective he hopes to meet. But, it is Sunday, and he doesn’t wish to interrupt Mrs. Murthy and her doctor husband who appear to be entertaining. He seeks out the well-kept shed behind the house where above the door he notices a sign: The Bangalore Detectives Club.

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