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HY Hanna

by Kathleen Costa


Ellie is enjoying her Florida vacation. Of course, in between a couple of pesky murders she was successful at solving, she relaxes by the pool, strolls on the beach, and heads over to the Bar & Grill for a cool cocktail, spicy treat, and some people watching. Today’s people watching included some awkward eavesdropping. Not on purpose, you know, Ellie overhears Walter Saunders, a wealthy guest, deep in conversation with his “not gonna remain silent” business partner, but when the conversation goes from gators to scorpions, she tries to find something else to occupy her interests.

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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


In 2019, I reviewed a record 180 entertaining books along with connecting with talented and delightfully friendly authors, including some beta reading. It was a daunting task to choose my annual “Tops” because every book, and a few television shows, have provided me with hours of entertainment and some inspiration…

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by Kathleen Costa


Caitlyn’s magical family has long been shunned, if not bullied, by local villagers who suspect they are witches, even though they don’t really know the truth behind their suspicions. Caitlyn knows her apprentice powers are not a danger (well, there have been a few miscalculations), her grandmother’s chocolate has only been delectably masterful, and her aunt’s medicinal herbal concoctions truly provide remedy for various ailments.

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by Kathleen Costa


Caitlyn Le Fey has been adjusting to the fact that she’s a witch, and after receiving an awkward response when she shared that secret with the handsome Lord James Fitzroy, life in Tillyhenge is weird…well, more than usual. But she still accepts an invitation to attend a dinner party up at Huntingdon Manor with her young cousin learning her BFF Pomona will be there, too

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by Kathleen Costa


Gemma Rose returned to England to live out her dream by opening the Little Stables Tearoom with BFF Cassie Jenkins (A Scone to Die For – January 2016), boasting the best traditional English tearoom experience in Oxfordshire.

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by Kathleen Costa



H.Y. Hanna’s Oxford Tearoom Mystery is my all-time favorite! Starting in January 2016, A Scone to Die For introduced Gemma Rose, who after quitting her high paying job in Sydney, returns to Meadowford-on-Smythe, England, to open the traditional and quaint Little Stables Tearoom with her BFF.

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