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Drama Castle: (Nicky and Noah Mystery #7) by Joe Cosentino

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Book Series
Nicky and Noah Mysteries
About the Author
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino was voted Favorite LGBT Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author of the Year by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen. He also wrote the other novels in the Nicky and Noah mystery series: Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, Drama Fraternity, Drama Castle; the Dreamspinner Press novellas: In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Perfect Gift,The First Noel, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland with Holiday Tales from Fairyland, the Cozzi Cove series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings, Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings (NineStar Press); 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 Chair of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and he is happily married. Joe was voted 2nd Place Favorite LGBT Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and his books have received numerous Favorite Book of the Month Awards and Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions. 
Publication Date
February 01, 2019
Available Formats
ebook, Kindle, paperback
Pages
215
Content Warning
Adult situations
ISBN
9781792043819
ASIN
B07L2L374P
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Excerpt
Ainsley Conall, the thirty-five-year-old lord of the manor, stood on the grassy moor surveying his property. He watched the mist spread to the nearby golden cliff, emerald mountains, and white-capped turquoise sea. His tunic, kilt, hose, and shoulder cloak matched the tall, strapping man’s long auburn hair and striking emerald eyes. The leather sporran hanging from a chain over the impressive lump at his groin proudly bore the Conall family crest—three lions. As he rested his size-ten leather brogue on a rock, Ainsley proudly gazed out at the ancient lighthouse, old abbey, and most importantly Conall Castle standing majestically in the distance. This was his heritage, his pride, and his joy.
An eastern wind blew the kilt up his back, exposing his melon-like bubble butt.
“Cut! We’ll save that for the blooper reel.”
I always wanted to say that. But I didn’t think I’d be uttering those words on a mountaintop at the northernmost tip of Scotland. I’m Nicky Abbondanza, Associate Professor of Play Directing at Treemeadow College, a private college plagued by murder in scenic Vermont. How did I get to Scotland, the land of men in kilts? After directing a play at Treemeadow College that moved to Broadway, I helmed a slasher film, which to nobody’s surprise was ignored by the Academy Award voters. However, Barclay Conell, the owner of Conell Castle and Hotel in Scotland, caught it while scrolling through one-star instant-play movies on his computer. It wasn’t so much that Barclay was impressed with my artistry. The film’s low budget and one-week production schedule caught the green in his eyes. You see Barclay was also the author of The Lord of the Castle, a five-hundred-and-thirty-eight-page novel that could turn an insomniac into Rip Van Winkle. Propelled by his novel’s high local sales, Barclay decided a film adaptation was in order—even when a local fisherman confessed he had bought up all the novels as gifts for unsuspecting fishermen in hopes of sinking the competition’s ships. When Barclay’s emails to Z-list celebrities went unanswered, undaunted in his cinematic pursuit, Barclay decided to star in the film version himself—playing his 1745 ancestor, Ainsley Conall. His wife, Moira (an unemployed actress currently working as his desk clerk), finally got an acting gig as Ainsley’s devoted wife. For reality sake, and to keep peace in the family, Barclay’s middle brother, Magnus (the hotel’s accountant), was cast as Ainsley’s middle brother and pal, Archibald. Finally, Barclay’s youngest brother, Fergus (the hotel’s restaurant manager), didn’t have much of a stretch to play Ainsley’s youngest brother and little buddy, Angus. And to keep the budget anemic, Lairie Naughton, the fourteen-year-old daughter of the hotel’s head of Housekeeping, was slated for the role of the devoted young maid, Aggie.
Barclay took no reservations at the hotel for a week in June and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse: a four-figure salary, a film budget as thin as a vegan with a malfunctioning juicer, and a one-week shooting schedule. How could I say no? So, I continued the casting by adding my ten-year-old adopted son from Hawaii, Taavi, as Ainsley’s adored son, Roddy. Before a divorce was threatened, I hired my husband of four years, Assistant Professor of Acting at Treemeadow College, Noah Oliver, to play Roddy’s noble tutor, Oliver, and to serve as the film’s acting coach. I decided to cast the smaller roles once we got to the castle.
There was the small, or not so small, matter of the film adaptation. Barclay’s attempt was as ponderous and heavy (pun intended) as his novel. So, my best friend and department head, Professor of Theatre Management Martin Anderson, wrote the screenplay, or as Ruben Markinson, Martin’s husband and our producer, said, “the foul-play.” With the excitement of a conservative politician nixing environmental laws, Martin went to work loading the script with scandal, seduction, and assassination. Try saying that three times fast. His new title: When the Wind Blows Up Your Kilt, You Need a Scotch.
Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing a historical film at a castle in Scotland, co-starring his spouse, theatre professor Noah Oliver, and their son Taavi. When historical accuracy disappears along with hunky men in kilts, Nicky and Noah will once again need to use their drama skills to figure out who is pitching residents of Conall Castle off the drawbridge and into the moat, before Nicky and Noah land in the dungeon. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining seventh novel in this delightful series. Take your seats. The curtain is going up on steep cliffs, ancient turrets, stormy seas, misty moors, malfunctioning kilts, and murder!

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A Sexy Scottish Kilt Got Me.
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4.0
 Okay so this is number 7 in the series, I've read the beginning books but I caught the sight of this cover of sexy Scottish kilt and wanted to read. Recommended to read in order but I'll give it a crack out-of-order read ago. Oooh I have missed these guys Nicky and Noah have a great bond together and now with Taavi. Martin is as ever the gossip of the group but trouble ain't far away. Would Brody find love? The 3 Conall brother's are a mass of squabbles and mischief. Brilliantly written with a mystery to solve of who done it murder and mayhem. Humour is always included in these books. 

Barclay Conall wants a film based on his novel story with a location of his castle in Scotland. Wanting Nicky 39 yrs and his hubby Noah to help produce it. A week spent in Scotland working what could go wrong..LOL   Yip I know these guys, famous last words.. 
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Nicky and Noah’s Scottish adventure
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Drama Castle is the seventh book in the Nicky and Noah Mystery series. This novel can be read, and enjoyed, as a stand-alone but knowing the history and interrelationships between the MC’s, their friends and family’s adds extra depth to the reading experience. This series is one of my favorite murder/comedy series and I highly recommend starting at the beginning with Drama Queen. 

In Drama Castle we find our intrepid sleuthing hero’s Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, ably assisted by their adorably precocious ten year old son Traavi, once again on the trail of a mass murderer. Since murder and mayhem seem to follow them wherever they go, it should be no surprise to anyone that on a film making trip to Conall Castle in Scotland, bodies begin to appear from the first day of shooting. As heirs to the castle drop like bowling pins at a national championship, the motive becomes clear; someone is determined to take over the running the castle. Finding the killer proves far more difficult, however, when the suspect pool drains and Nicky is left with a seemingly innocent cast of characters and no apparent heir. With bumbling, incompetent and apparently clueless local law enforcement it’s up to Nicky and his hilarious group of role playing friends and family to save the day. 

Nicky and Noah are gorgeous, fabulously over the top MC’s and their family and friends are cut from the same cloth. With dialogue that will have you in stitches, puns aplenty and an absurdly unforgettable film as a background, this Scottish adventure will hold your attention from the first to the last page. You’ll giggle your way through the mayhem as you try to match wits with Nicky to find the killer. I adore Joe Cosentino’s unique writing style in this series. It is intelligent and witty, with a big dash of farce that never crosses over to the absurd; mostly. When it does you’ll just love it even more. 

For lovers of humor, murder and mystery, superb writing, and an overall fabulous read, I highly recommend Drama Castle.
JB
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