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Drama Luau: A Nicky and Noah Mystery by Joe Cosentino

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Drama Luau: A Nicky and Noah Mystery by Joe Cosentino

Book Info

Book Series
Nicky and Noah Mystery #4
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. 
Publication Date
May 20, 2017
Available Formats
epub, mobi, pdf
Theatre professors and spouses, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are on their honeymoon at a Hawaiian resort, where musclemen in grass skirts are keeling over like waterfalls. Things erupt faster than a volcano when Nicky and Noah, along with their best friends Martin and Ruben, try to stage a luau show. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the grass curtain down on male hula dancers—before things go coconuts for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining fourth novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and aloha!

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It may actually be my favourite one yet
(Updated: May 20, 2017)
DRAMA LUAU is the fourth book in the Nicky and Noah Mystery Series by Joe Cosentino. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I wouldn't advise doing so. Knowing the back stories of the MC's, and their families and friends, adds so much more to the reading experience! This series is superbly written with murder and mayhem wrapped in farce that will have you giggle-snorting as you try to follow the clues to the murderer. 

In DRAMA LUAU we find Nicky and Noah enjoying a working honeymoon at the Maui Mist Resort in Hawaii, directing the hotel Luau performance. The first night performance is a huge success until dancer Kimu is hit on the head by a falling tiki light. The fact that his body disappears in the mayhem that follows leads some to believe he isn't actually dead. Convincing the good looking detectives, John Nohea and Kekeo Karma, proves somewhat difficult for Nicky and Noah. Since gorgeous, muscular John is too busy flirting with Nicky to listen to them, and beautiful Kekeo seems more interested in questioning/flirting with waitress Akela, it will be up to Nicky and Noah to begin their unorthodox and often hysterically funny sleuthing. 
Replacing Kimu proves to be an unexpectedly simple task as waiter Mark Iona has been desperately waiting for his chance at centre stage. Proving up to the task, Mark joins the others in the second night performance until a second dancer falls to the floor and once again, in the mayhem, the dancer’s body disappears.  

With dancers dropping like bowling pins in an Olympic competition, an unexpected person sneaks into Nicky and Noah’s room one morning. Taavi is the seven-year-old grandson of Lani, the head of housekeeper. Taavi proves to be a very useful assistant sleuth, providing inside information, including about Lani, that is helpful to the investigation. 

The list of suspects grows. There's the hotel owner, closet gay conservative Christian homophobe Mano; his wife, conservative politician and closet dominatrix Joanna Kopena; and Walter, the hotel manager with a secret past. Joe Cosentino’s writing is peppered with hysterically funny metaphors, many, though not all, politically based. For example, “Murder and mayhem follow you two like an anti-gay politician and the darkened back room of a gay bar.” 

Joe Cosentino has a unique and fabulous gift. His writing is flawless, and his use of farce, along with his convoluted plot-lines, will have you guessing until the very last page, which makes his books a joy to read. His books are worth their weight in gold, and if you haven't discovered them yet you are in for a rare treat. DRAMA LUAU joins his other books on my 5 star reread shelf. It may actually be my favourite one yet!

Highly recommended. 
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