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TV

by Sandra Murphy


Mia Carina was living in Florida when her husband disappeared. His adulterous ways, the lack of a body, and her mob connections (dad), made her a person of interest. It was time for a major change. She’s back in Astoria, Noo Yawk, living with her cat and Nonna (Italian grandmother). Her new job is technically the event planner at her father’s newly acquired banquet hall. In reality, it’s trying to keep him on the straight and narrow while running the business. The “newly acquired” means there was a guy who couldn’t pay his gambling debts and the mob was involved, and now there’s the banquet hall to run, totally legit, of course.

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by Kathleen Costa


Stuck at home? Streaming your entertainment on an iPad, iPhone, or computer is a great option, and BritBox is one of my favorites! With a more than reasonable monthly fee, or the annual fee option for convenience, Anglophiles living in the U.S., like me, have access to hours and hours of classic mysteries, contemporary detective dramas, laugh out loud sit-coms, and thought-provoking documentaries. Often a whole series with multiple seasons is available providing “binge” fanatics the perfect opportunity to enjoy it all…no waiting!

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by Kathleen Costa


With travel restricted and getting out and about raising concerns, for me finding a distraction is still as close as my iPad or iPhone. AcornTV adds weekly to their streaming library ample choices for any interest from dramas to comedies, private detectives to police procedurals, from mini series to movies, and of course, fascinating documentaries.

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by Doward Wilson


In The newest entry in Hallmark’s Movies and Mysteries Picture Perfect Mystery franchise is Dead Over Diamonds starring real life husband and wife Carlos and Alexa PenaVega. Alexa plays professional photographer Allie Adams and Carlos plays Detective Sam Acosta. Together the two of them are working on the theft of a valuable diamond necklace which was on display at Allie’s friend’s gallery opening.

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by Kathleen Costa



So many streaming options are available nowadays, each varying in type of programming, devices needed, and membership requirements. I have been a member of AcornTV for over two years, and with a reasonable monthly fee and annual payment option, I have been thrilled with the diversity of genre, original air date, country of origin, number of episodes, and length of availability.

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by Kathleen Costa


AcornTV has been my go-to entertainment for over two years and in that time I’ve enjoyed dozens and dozens of classic and contemporary mysteries, dramas, comedies, and some fascinating documentaries at a very reasonable monthly or annual fee.

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by Doward Wilson


A new series of mystery movies on Hallmark’s Movies and Mysteries Channel premiered on Sunday, January 12. The Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries are based on the novels by the late Philip R. Craig introducing retired detective Jeff W. Jackson and set in the beautiful, yet deadly Martha’s Vineyard.

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Newest Crossword Mysteries on Hallmark

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by Doward Wilson


In Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver, New York Sentinel crossword puzzle editor Tess Harper, played by Lacey Chabert, teams with NYPD Detective Logan O’Connor, played by Brennan Elliott, to solve the mystery of who murdered a famous magician during a live-stage performance.

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by Kathleen Costa


Isn’t that…? When there’s nothing on television except politics, sports, or reality shows that seem to bring out the worst in humanity, I open up the AcornTV app on my iPad and explore the dramas, mysteries, comedies, documentaries, and “Staff Pick of the Week.” The first thing that usually grabs my interest is seeing an actor I recognize.

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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


AcornTV was the first streaming option I explored, first as a free trial, then membership with a reasonable monthly fee, and I’ve not regretted a penny of it! Over the past two years, I have been able to watch and rewatch at my convenience iconic detective dramas like the twenty-one seasons of Midsomer Murders, twelve seasons of Murdoch Mysteries with season 13 airing Dec. 25, and first four seasons of Vera, along with Agatha Raisin, George Gently, and Kingdom.

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Stumptown On ABC

IN THE November 16 ISSUE

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by Vicki Vass


After watching the first three episodes of Stumptown, I am hooked. Lead character Dex, a former Marine interrogator suffering from PTSD, is living on the edge. The edge of poverty, the edge of reason, and the edge of denial. Played by Cobie Smulders, Dex is rough and snarky, an older tougher Veronica Mars.

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by Kathleen Costa


BritBox is one of my favorite streaming options for movies and television programs any Anglophile will find satisfying, compelling, and very entertaining. From vintage 1970s detective dramas and comedies to current 2019 mysteries and sit-coms, I have enjoyed hours and hours binging wonderful shows from England to Scotland from Down Under to Up North. For my personal convenience I choose an annual subscription fee, since I don’t see any reason I would ever suspend my membership, but for others the monthly fee option might be preferred. Either way both are very reasonable. Anyone can forgo a latte a month in exchange for “calorie free” entertainment, right?

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by Steven Sanchez



As America’s celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month ends, for comedian and actress Cristela Alonzo, every day is a celebration of her Mexican identity. It’s not just a celebration for her, it’s a statement, a crusade, a purpose, and she takes it seriously. She’s best known for her self-titled ABC sitcom, Cristela, back in 2014. Because of that breakthrough, she is the first Latina woman to create, produce, write, and star in her own US primetime comedy in television history.

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