- Drama Fraternity by Joe Cosentino
Drama Fraternity by Joe Cosentino
Nicky Abbondanza is a thirty-eight year old Professor of Play Directing at the bucolic Treemeadow College. He is a self described tall, dark and handsome man with emerald eyes, olive skin, muscles and a “nearly foot-long...” As our narrator Nicky is prone to hyperbole but this description is “...no tall tale (no pun intended).” Nicky’s husband Noah Oliver, thirty, is Professor of Acting at the aforementioned College , and his partner in crime solving and love. He is also a gorgeous specimen of manhood, with his lean body, long flowing blonde hair and crystal blue eyes. With their adorable adopted son, ten year old Taavi (try saying that three times fast!) Nicky and Noah live and work together at Treemeadow. In Drama Fraternity our heroes are producing a low budget indie slasher film, Tight End Scream Queen, and as is their usual modus operandi it isn’t long before a murderer appears and bodies start to fall. Once again it will take all their skill as amateur (I can hear Nicky gasp!) detectives to solve the case before there are no cast members left to film.
The cast of characters in this series are a wonder to behold. Theatre Department Head and unapologetic gossip, Martin Anderson who is “...somewhere between seventy and decomposition...” is always up for shenanigans and crime solving. Tight End Scream Queen Producer, Ruben Markinson, has long been at Martin’s side and provides a wonderful comedic foil to both his husband and Nicky and Noah. Detective Jose Manuello is the long suffering police detective who far too often finds himself working alongside Nicky to uncover the murderer. As Detective Jose attempts to do his job and keep Nicky from interfering (another gasp from Nicky!) with the investigation, their interactions are hilarious.... “Five murders, Nicky? Are you making a movie or destroying the human race?”....... “If Noah so much as looks at a nut he decomposes.”
“Then how the hell is he living with you?” Throw in a closeted actor or two, a script writer with serious issues and a crush on the lead actor, footballers from the Phi Delta BOFO (Ball on the Field Only) Fraternity who have pledged their virginity to Jesus, or each other, or marriage or.. who can tell. I certainly won’t. There are wives with grudges, preachers from hell, with an agenda to match, a murderer with an agenda of their own and possibly an innocent bystander or two. Who can tell. This is Joe Cosentino’s workmanship and he’ll keep you guessing to the very end!
Drama Fraternity, like the other books in this series, is at its heart a brilliant comedic farce. It is a murder mystery thriller but Joe somehow makes these stories more fun than frightening. This book does also deal with issues of childhood and spousal abuse, but it is handled with a light touch and the reader is left believing that it is possible, with the right help, to move forward and live well. Drama Fraternity is a novel that will surprise you, make you laugh out loud, giggle snort, keep you riveted from page one and ultimately provide you with a thoroughly fabulous read. Though I’d never have thought it possible, this series just keeps getting better and better. I look forward to more from Nicky and Noah, and Joe Cosentino, in future. Highly recommended.