Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Theater professors and couple, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are going overboard as usual, but this time on an Alaskan cruise, where dead college theater professors are popping up everywhere from the swimming pool to the captain’s table. Further complicating matters are Nicky’s and Noah’s parents as surprise cruise passengers, and Nicky’s assignment to direct a murder mystery dinner theater show onboard ship. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the curtain down on vacationers before it is lights out for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, ribald, edge-of-your-seat entertaining third novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and ship ahoy!
Of the three Nicky and Noah Mystery romances Joe Cosentino has written in this series so far, Drama Cruise has turned out to be my favorite. Each one is a wonderful mixture of sex, comedy, romance and murder but when Cosentino took it to an Alaska cruise and the high seas, well, it tossed it up into theatrically delicious magic.
A cruise ship is a self contained city/village depending upon the size of the ship and the circle of people you know abroad. For Nicky and Noah, it starts off with themselves and another couple from the college as they direct murder mystery dinner theatre show on board the ship. Ah, such innocent beginnings. Because like any terrific slapstick/comedy, things start to spiral out of control immediately with the unexpected entrance of people Nicky and Noah are familiar with. I won’t spoil the wonderful element of surprise here but its hilarious and continues to be one of the best and funniest aspects of this story. You’ll shake your head in commiseration, laughter, and love. And the bodies have already started to pile up!
Ah yes, the murders. There are plenty of them. Someone is offing the theater professors and there are plenty to go! You never know who’s going to be next on the murderer’s hit list which is entertaining nor are you particularly attached to the ones you’ve met, so you’re not spectacularly sorry to see them go. Plus there’s so much else going on as well…things are swirling around in Nicky and Noah’s love life as usual, other couples on the periphery are having their own issues that need resolution, and then there own those other people I love so much and refuse to mention. This story is chock full of story threads and Joe Cosentino weaves them all together with a flair that’s hilarious and yet never fails to remember that this couple loves each other deeply.
Then there’s that outstanding ending. That’s the best of all.
I loved this story. I love this couple. What on earth is going to happen to them next? I can’t wait to find out.
Cover art is reminiscent of a movie poster. I think it works great.
ebook, 190 pages
Published November 30th 2016 by Lethe Press
SeriesNicky and Noah Mystery #3