DRAMA QUEEN (a Nicky and Noah mystery)
a comedy/mystery/romance novel
by JOE COSENTINO
from Lethe Press
paperback and ebook available now in all formats
audiobook coming soon
Published June 6th 2015 by Lethe Press (paperback)
It could be curtains for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodies popping up all over campus, Nicky must use his drama skills to figure out who is playing the role of murderer before it is lights out for Nicky and his colleagues. Complicating matters is Nicky's huge crush on Noah Oliver, a gorgeous assistant professor in his department, who may or may not be involved with a cocky graduate assistant...and is also the top suspect for the murders! You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino's fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat, delightfully entertaining novel. Curtain up!
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
I do so love mysteries and especially if it has an MM twist. Joe Cosentino has just dropped Drama Queen which features two college theater professors who found themselves in the middle of a murder mystery. This is a who-dun-it a la Agatha Christie but where that woman wrote seriously, this one is quite the snorting laughter type.
Nicky Abbondanza, Professor of Play Directing, has a play production in rehearsal when the whole mystery unfolds. His star actor is acting stranger (well for him) than usual and with him are three hangers-on who absolutely lose themselves under his gaze. Then there is that Professor of Theatre Management/Theatre he barely tolerates who cannot seem to find it in himself to be civil to Nicky. The Professor of Acting is catching his eye and heart while one student is distracting him with multiples of 'uhm' inserted into his grammar. In short, Nicky is distracted and heartbroken. The object of his desire, Noah Oliver (the distracting professor who caught his eye), may just be in a relationship with a student.
Then one professor falls dead. The four students seem to be involved in a secret Nicky cannot discover the answer to, and Noah is looking at him with lust in his eyes. Just as things get a little bit more interesting, another professor falls dead. Noah turns to him for comfort after finding out he is the main suspect to the deaths. Just as they combine forces and saliva, a third professor falls dead and the four students are discovered to be involved in some lurid activity. Nicky's head is just about to explode and Noah is giving him the comfort he had always dreamed of. In the meantime, police detectives are not doing their jobs but one is complicating Nicky's life with his innuendos.
All the time this is going on, we read Nicky's actions and his thoughts, private ones, of things going on around him and without. He pragmatically says one thing but thinks in a drama queen sort of way making us realize that Nicky is just like us. Human.
The tangled weave of murder mystery and other mysteries comes to a startling conclusion that is both satisfying and mind boggling. This is a true comedic and satirical tale set in a fictional college that had been founded by two gay men. Oh, if this college were truly existing today, I wonder how the Republicans would condemn it.
Really enjoyable and light hearted read. Not a cozy mystery per se, but it is. Romantic? Just a bit.
WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT
by Joe Cosentino
They say, ‘write what you know about,’ so that’s what I did. I have always been a huge fan of Agatha Christie mystery novels and mystery television shows. Armistead Maupin’s quaint and endearing characters, along with his unpredictable storylines, have long been my favorites. Coming from a family where my mother sang “Let Me Entertain You” from the musical Gypsy while she mopped the kitchen floor, and my father wrapped my mother’s sweater around his torso and danced the hula (with a cigar in his mouth) while singing “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair” from the musical South Pacific, I have long had a wacky sense of humor. As a college theatre professor, I realized theatre departments at colleges are little havens of comedy, drama, mystery, and intrigue. So I put all those things together and the Nicky and Noah mystery series was born. I was happy to find Steve Berman at Lethe Press, a publisher who values gay comedy and mystery.
In the first novel, Drama Queen, Nicky and Noah have to uncover why college theatre professors are dropping like stage curtains while Nicky directs the college play production—a murder mystery. Since the junior detective on the case seems more interested in getting into Nicky’s well-endowed pants than solving the crime, it is up to Nicky (and top suspect Noah) to figure out who-dun-it. In Drama Muscle, Nicky and Noah have to find out why musclemen are dropping like weights in the Physical Education department while Nicky directs the Student Bodybuilding Competition. In Drama Cruise, Nicky and Noah go on a cruise to Alaska, and discover why college theatre professors are going overboard like lifeboats while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship. In the fourth novel (not written yet) Drama Aloha, Nicky and Noah will direct a luau show in Hawaii and find muscular male hula dancers dropping like grass skirts. (My father would like that.) Each of the novels has a large cast of colorful characters, and a solid mystery the reader can solve right along with Nicky and Noah. Readers can also enjoy taking a front seat as Nicky and Noah’s relationship intensifies throughout the series.
Readers tell me they laugh hysterically at the antics of Nicky and Noah in Drama Queen. As Nicky and Noah fall in love with each other, readers fall in love with them. The mystery also captivates mystery buffs who compliment me on the novel’s hidden clues, red herrings, plot twists and turns, and surprising yet justified ending. Though released for a very short time, Drama Queen currently ranks in the top fifty Best Sellers in its category on Amazon Kindle. It is also available in paperback, and will be an audiobook soon.
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Get your program, take your orchestra seat, and enjoy this new theatrical mystery series. The curtain is going up!
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