- Book Review: Drama Detective, by Joe Cosentino
Book Review: Drama Detective, by Joe Cosentino
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Nicky and Noah #5
About the Author
Joe Cosentino was voted favorite LGBT mystery, humorous, and contemporary author of the year by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press). The other Nicky and Noah mysteries are: Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective. He is also the author of the Cozzi Cove series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention/TBR Pile Favorite Book of the Month), Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings (NineStar Press); the Dreamspinner Press novellas: In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Open Skye Book Reviews Favorite Audiobook of the Month), A Home for the Holidays; and the Jana Lane mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married.
October 28, 2017
Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing a Sherlock Holmes musical in a professional summer stock production at Treemeadow College, co-starring his husband and theatre professor colleague Noah Oliver as Dr. John Watson. When cast members begin toppling over like hammy actors at a curtain call, Nicky dons Holmes’ persona on stage and off. Once again Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is lowering the street lamps on the actors before the handsome couple get half-baked on Baker Street. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining fifth novel in this delightful series. Curtain up, the game is afoot!
Top Notch Comedy Caper
No. of Pages – 217
Cover – Perfect!
POV – 1st person, one character
Would I read it again – Yes
Genre – LGBT, Comedy, Mystery, Murder, Contemporary
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Drama Detective is another top notch comedy from Joe Cosentino. With a cast of characters that can make you smile, laugh and snigger at their woeful dramas, there is something (and someone) for everyone.
The format is back in great form, continuing the tradition of beginning with Nicky directing a play and then evolving into murder before the end of Chapter 1. The cast of characters are a little more catty than usual, this time, as instead of having college kids or amateurs as the actors the characters here are fully credits from hammed up TV shows and theater has-beens. Or rather, never-was stars. The drama these lot face on stage is nothing to what they cause off stage.
I loved that little Taavi was back, as an official member of the family. And Nicky's usual hypochondria hadn't been forgotten, nor was his irrational jealousy as he simmered over the growing closeness of Noah and his brother Tony. It was fun to watch all the family drama pan out, from the 'more sensitive and younger brother' issue to the 'who killed my cast' and the return of long-standing – and long-suffering – detective Joe Manuello.
But, as always, beyond the fun is the real stuff. Stuff that real life has thrown at the LGBT community. Religious freedoms, bigotry, closeted gay men suffering the fear of coming out due to judgment, and the realities of foster care, conversion therapy and children's fear that their families will be broken up by laws and governments who don't support LGBT families. Cosentino manages to challenge all of these real life issues in a way that is both real, heartbreaking but also uplifting, in a way. Because there is always a happy ending and, no matter what the characters have suffered in their lives, they find a way to rise above the struggles.
I never knew a musical production of Sherlock Holmes could be so dangerous! Drama Fraternity is going to be a riot!
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