Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing Tight End Scream Queen, a slasher movie filmed at Treemeadow College’s football fraternity house, co-starring his husband and theatre professor colleague, Noah Oliver. When young hunky cast members begin fading out with their scenes, Nicky and Noah will once again need to use their drama skills to figure out who is sending the quarterback, jammer, wide receiver, and more to the cutting room floor before Nicky and Noah hit the final reel.
When last we saw Nicky, Noah, and all their extended family, they were happily enjoying fame and Broadway at the end of the hilarious murder mystery, Drama Detective (A Nicky and Noah Mystery #5. Alack and alas, with these two the call for home and Treemeadow College came as the lights of Broadway dimmed on their show.
Never fear! Joe Cosentino has authored another campy high body count murder mystery for Nicky and Noah to charge through! It’s full of the snappy dialog, fast-paced high jinxed action, and, of course, lots of falling bodies that this series is known for and we’ve come to love.
Nicky is directing a slasher movie at Treemmeadow College. You’d think he’d know better by now.
Things are ridiculous off the bat with actors from a fraternity that favors their virginity and football, a deeply religious right church against homosexuals and this play, and many, many mysteries to solve. Plus their is their son smack dab in the middle as always.
With their adopted son, Taavi, Joe Cosentino, always managed to bring in the moving and the poignant elements of his stories. With Taavi as the focus of their family, in come the grandparents of both men, as well as all the many other friends that have come to love and support these three as a family. Nicky, Noah, and Taavi are now an important centerpiece of this series. The heart, and I couldn’t love this family more. Taavi also keeps proving himself surprisingly resourceful.
I have to admit I sort of figured out the murderer early. That’s why I marked it down a tad, normally Joe keeps me guessing a bit longer. Same for the motive.
A lovely touch was the way two women found a new love at the end of the story. Nicely done there, Both could have come off so badly and instead each turned out realistically human and ready to move forward.
Need a series and book to love? Look no further! Grab this one and all of them up today for nonstop jocularity and murder hijinks!
Cover art is primitive movie poster style which works for the series and storyline.
Expected publication: May 25th 2018
SeriesNicky and Noah Mystery #6