Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Theater professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing a Sherlock Holmes musical in a professional summer stock production at Treemeadow College, co-starring his husband and theatre professor colleague Noah Oliver as Dr. John Watson. When cast members begin toppling over like hammy actors at a curtain call, Nicky dons Holmes’ persona on stage and off. Once again Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is lowering the street lamps on the actors before the handsome couple get half-baked on Baker Street. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining fifth novel in this delightful series. Curtain up, the game is afoot!
A singer is belting out “Acting Butch on Baker Street”, there’s a Scotland Yard kick line, and yes, bodies falling, well, like murder victims in a Holmes story. Be still my heart, we are back at Treemeadow College, murder’ s afoot and Nicky Abbondanza, husband Noah Oliver, son Taavi, friends and family are all back and center stage in a fantabulas high camp, and larger heart murder frolic!
Drama Detective (Nicky and Noah Mystery #5) by Joe Cosentino continues with all the wonderful hilarious humor and murderous fun I’ve come to expect from this series but with the addition of Taavi, their adopted son (Drama Luau (A Nicky and Noah Mystery #4) something more has entered the series, an enlarged heart. We always had the love between Nicky and Noah, but it was sometimes on the charming, adult romance Nicky and Nora type of “love”. But with Taavi who often needs reassurance of family, stability, and love, a sense of emotional heft entered that brought a depth to this series without taking away from the high camp and fast paced adventure that’s also a trademark here. So be prepared to want to cuddle a character or two as well as laugh out loud!
With a Lestrade striding about the stage, a Moriarty on the loose, and Taavi as a Baker Street Irregular, Cosentino has conjured up the play Is Holmes a Homo? as the vehicle for murder most foul. I’m halfway surprised it’s not an actual play already. The play goings on are hilarious as always as director Abbondanza tries to get the thing staged, bodies start to fall, all the parental units arrive in Vermont, and oh, by the way, did I mention that Tony, Nicky’s brother is staying with them and is the choreographer? As the hilarity and misunderstandings rachet up, the murder mysteries get more complicated. Would we expect anything less? Why no!
Cosentino ties up all the storyline threads in a marvelously humorous epilogue that has me wondering how he’s going to top this next. Drama Detective (Nicky and Noah Mystery #5) by Joe Cosentino is high camp, warmed hearted, murderous fun! A series that, like Nicky and Noah themselves, keeps getting better with each story as they adjust to each other, grow, and yes, continue to love, act, and investigate murders now as a family. I think this is the best yet!I can’t recommend the series and this story enough!
Cover Design by Holly McCabe is wonderful. I love the movie theatre old style to it. Great job.
Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published October 28th 2017 by Amazon Digital Services
Series Nicky and Noah Mystery #5