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The Player's Encore, by Joe Cosentino

The Player's Encore, by Joe Cosentino

 
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Book Series
The Player, Book 2
About the Author
JOE COSENTINO was voted Favorite MM Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author of the Year by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery novel. He is also the author of the remaining Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, Drama Fraternity, Drama Castle, Drama Dance, Drama Faerie, Drama Runway, Drama Christmas; the Player Piano Mysteries: The Player and The Player’s Encore; the Jana Lane Mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll; the Cozzi Cove series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Moving Forward, Stepping Out, New Beginnings, Happy Endings; the In My Heart Anthology: An Infatuation & A Shooting Star; the Tales from Fairyland Anthology: The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland and Holiday Tales from Fairyland; the Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories Anthology: A Home for the Holidays, The Perfect Gift, The First Noel; and the Found At Last Anthology: Finding Giorgio and Finding Armando. His books have won numerous Book of the Month awards and Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions. As an actor, Joe appeared in principal roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Jason Robards, and Holland Taylor. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Goddard College, Master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz, and is currently a happily married college theatre professor/department chair residing in New York State.
Publisher
Publication Date
March 15, 2021
Available Formats
Kindle, Mobi, Epub
Pages
216
Content Warning
 homophobia, loss of family members
ISBN
9781005956622
ASIN
B08T22P5YV
Can a man and a ghost be soulmates? When young music teacher Andre Beaufort unleashed the ghost of dapper Roaring Twenties playboy Freddy Birtwistle from his antique player piano, he never imagined they would fall in love and solve two murder mysteries. Now Freddy yearns to visit his family’s beach house in Florida. So, Andre and Freddy embark on a vacation to the stunning home which has become a bed and breakfast. Before Freddy can say “zotched,” a young, mysterious houseboy is murdered, the second hunky houseboy to meet the same fate. Will Andre and Freddy find the murderer to save the inn—and themselves?

A year later, Andre and Freddy venture off on a vacation with Andre’s uncle, an ex-priest, to Tuscany, staying at an inn which happens to have once been Freddy’s old family villa. Before the sun sets golden on the hills, a handsome young guest is murdered. Will Andre and Freddy uncover the secrets of Freddy’s ancestral home, solve the mystery, and find eternal love?

The Player’s Encore, the second installment in the popular Player Piano Mysteries series by Joe Cosentino, includes two cozy mysteries: The Beach House and The Villa.

Editor review

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Rip-Roaring Cosy Mystery!
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5.0
 ** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
 POV: 1st person, one character POV


 Book 2 in the Player Piano Mystery series takes us on vacation! Combining two stories – The Beach House and The Villa; with the same main characters – blending humour, romance and a rip-roaring murder mystery sprinkled with old 1920s humour.
 There are a dozen characters in the book, but the central and recurring characters are: Andre and his ghost Freddy, who appear in both stories within the book, which take place 1 year apart.

 The Beach House visits Andre and Freddy a year after the events of Book 1, and gives a quick rundown of how the characters from that book have progressed since then, such as their relationships. I loved the quirky characters, the budding romances and friendships that came together throughout both stories. I especially loved the exploration of Freddy's family and how it didn't feel convenient or silly to have his family own so many properties. After all, he was the son of a rich railroad magnate and that kind of stuff was really common in those days.
 For me, I loved the times when Freddy and Andre were investigating together. I also loved that Andre was asked to participate in a care alongside the detective. It gave a different spin on his sleuthing and added a new element that made it stand out. I absolutely loved his Uncle Darryl, and how Joe explored the delicate relationship between being gay and holding onto your faith.

 For a book of 200+ pages, I actually didn't feel like it was that long. Even dividing that into an equal halfway split between the two mini-stories, that's still 100 pages each, and it was so easy to read, so fun and light that I never felt like it was a slog to get through it, even though my concentration hasn't been that great lately. It was a relaxing read – fun, light and familiar – while also having those classic whodunit clues littered throughout the story so I didn't have to overtax myself in trying to work out who did it. And, while I didn't always know who did, that didn't make it any less enjoyable to play with the clues and the suspects, wondering who did what and why.

 If I had any niggles, it would be that I want Freddy to have more page-time, and the religious speeches got a little repetitive, considering there were two stories in one book, but it wasn't anything that didn't need to be said. I felt the pacing was a little fast. I liked the pacing of Book 1 a little better, because we got time to learn about our surroundings and the secondary characters before the murder happened. In Book 2, each story sort of jumps into the murder without that, and you learn about the characters on the way. But, this is a tiny niggle. Kind of like comparing a two-hour Miss Marple or Poirot to a one-hour Murder, She Wrote. In the end, it's always going to be good, I just wish it lasted a little longer.
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