Drama TV (the 13th Nicky and Noah mystery)
a comedy/mystery/romance novel by Joe Cosentino
E-book and Paperback: 233 pages
Genre: MM, contemporary, mystery, comedy, romance, winter, academia, theatre, drama, television
Cover Art: Jesús Da Silva
Release date: December 1, 2021
It’s winter break at Treemeadow College, and Theatre professors and spouses Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, their best friends Martin and Ruben, and their sons Taavi and Ty are starring in a television pilot for the Nicky and Noah Mysteries series based on their first caper, Drama Queen. More is shot than footage as cast members drop like giant flat screen TVs mounted by an intoxicated carpenter. Once again, our favorite thespians will need to use their drama skills to catch the killer before they get cancelled. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining thirteenth (yikes!) novel in this delightful series. So relax on the sofa and reach for the remote. The TV screen is exploding with sexy young heartthrobs, egotistical reality TV show contestants, a soap opera diva, a hot rap singer, and murder!
Praise for the Nicky and Noah mysteries:
“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.” Divine Magazine
“a combination of Laurel and Hardy mixed with Hitchcock and Murder She Wrote…
Loaded with puns and one-liners…Right to the end, you are kept guessing, and the conclusion still has a surprise in store for you.” Optimumm Book Reviews
“adventure, mystery, and romance with every page….Funny, clever, and sweet….I can’t find anything not to love about this series….This read had me laughing and falling in love….Nicky and Noah are my favorite gay couple.” Urban Book Reviews
“For fans of Joe Cosentino’s hilarious mysteries, this is another vintage story with more cheeky asides and sub plots right left and centre….The story is fast paced, funny and sassy. The writing is very witty with lots of tongue-in-cheek humour….Highly recommended.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews
“Every entry of the Nicky and Noah mystery series is rife with intrigue, calamity, and hilarity…Cosentino keeps us guessing – and laughing – until the end, as well as leaving us breathlessly anticipating the next Nicky and Noah thriller.” Edge Media Network
“A laugh and a murder, done in the style we have all come to love….This had me from the first paragraph….Another wonderful story with characters you know and love!” Crystals Many Reviewers
“These two are so entertaining….Their tactics in finding clues and the crazy funny interactions between characters keeps the pages turning. For most of the book if I wasn’t laughing I was grinning.” Jo and Isa Love Books
“Superb fun from start to finish, for me this series gets stronger with every book and that’s saying something because the benchmark was set so very high with book 1.” Three Books Over the Rainbow
“The Nicky and Noah Mysteries series are perfect for fans of the Cozy Mystery sub-genre. They mix tongue-in-cheek humor, over-the-top characters, a wee bit of political commentary, and suspense into a sweet little mystery solved by Nicky and Noah, theatre professors for whom all the world’s a stage.” Prism Book Alliance
“This is one hilarious series with a heart and it just keeps getting better. I highly recommend them all, and please read them in the order they were written for full blown laugh out loud reading pleasure!” Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
WRITING THE NICKY AND NOAH MYSTERIES
Book 13: Drama TV
by Joe Cosentino
So many of my wonderful readers have messaged me their belief that the Nicky and Noah mysteries should become a television series. I totally agree! What would be more fun than watching the handsome, hilarious, theatre armchair sleuths and their wacky crew use theatre skills to solve cozy whodunits on television? So after writing a dozen popular Nicky and Noah mystery novels, I wrote the pilot teleplay adaptation of the first novel, Drama Queen. The teleplay, like the novel it is based on, is loaded with romance, humor, touching relationships, and a crackling good mystery. After writing it, I was more excited than (as Nicky would say) a priest with an altar boy in the Confessional. Alas, no television producers have read the teleplay. So I decided to do the television pilot anyway—in the plot of the thirteenth Nicky and Noah mystery novel titled Drama TV. In the thirteenth novel in this popular series, Theatre professors and spouses Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, their best friends Martin and Ruben, and their sons Taavi and Ty shoot (no pun intended) the pilot episode for a television series based on their first caper, Drama Queen. Where else would they do the television show but cozy Treemeadow College during winter break? It will come as no surprise to Nicky and Noah fans that cast members drop like television ratings. Once again, our favorite thespians use their drama skills to catch the killer before they get cancelled.
For those of you who haven’t yet ventured to the land of Nicky and Noah (and you should!), it’s a gay cozy mystery comedy series, meaning the setting is warm and cozy, the clues and murders (and laughs) come fast and furious, and there are enough plot twists and turns and a surprise ending to keep the pages turning (as Nicky would say) “faster than Republican terrorists storming the Capitol.” At the center is the touching relationship between Professor of Play Directing Nicky Abbondanza and Associate Professor of Acting Noah Oliver. We watch them go from courting to marrying to adopting a child, all the while head over heels in love with each other (as we fall in love with them). Reviewers called the series “hysterically funny farce,” “Murder She Wrote meets Hart to Hart meets The Hardy Boys,” and “captivating whodunits.” One reviewer wrote they are the funniest books she’s ever read! Another said I’m “a master storyteller.” Who am I to argue?
The premiere novel, Drama Queen, was voted Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite LGBT Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Novel of the Year! Subsequent novels won many Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions and Favorite Book of the Month awards: Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, Drama Fraternity, Drama Castle, Drama Dance, Drama Faerie, Drama Runway, Drama Christmas, and Drama Pan.
As a past professional actor and current college theatre professor/department chair, I know first-hand the hysterically funny antics, sweet romance, and captivating mystery in the worlds of theatre and academia. The Nicky and Noah mysteries are full of them! I know you’ll laugh, cry, feel romantic, and love delving into this crackling new mystery with more plot twists and turns than (as Nicky would say) “a Proud Boy entering a Black Lives Matter rally.”
I’m more excited (as Nicky would say) “than a closet gay evangelical judge taking away LGBT rights” to share this thirteenth novel in the series with you. So relax on the sofa and reach for the remote. The TV screen is exploding with sexy young heartthrobs, egotistical reality TV show contestants, a soap opera diva, a hot rap singer, and murder!
And I love to hear from readers. So drop me a line. I’ll share it with Nicky and Noah! http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
Seeing the glass half full, Noah remarked, “Our cast members are doing a great job.”
I ran my fingers through Noah’s long silky blond locks. “True, and off camera they’re so embroiled in their own personal dramas, the title of our TV pilot seems appropriate: Drama Queen.”
Noah sat up in bed in the yoga position. “Do tell.”
I played coy. “Tell what?”
“Nicky, you’ve been eavesdropping on the cast members. So share the goods, husband, including what you have on our son’s idol Madame Mirembe.”
I mirrored Noah’s yoga position. Ow! “Southern beauty Caroline Joy, the ambitious Madame Mirembe, and rapper Tadeo Torres each made an incomplete pass at Cam Mark.”
“Just like in our first case when all three college students were interested in David Amour.”
“Real life imitates art.” I put my arm around him, and he nuzzled into my shoulder. Ow! “Sassy Clark Murata made a play for Cam as well.”
“But your graduate assistant Scotty Bruno was interested in me, not David Amour.”
“As you never let me forget.”
Noah pinched my shoulder.
“What else did you find out?”
“Our pal Martin must be rubbing off on you.”
“Inquiring minds want to know.” Noah giggled conspiratorially.
Recalling my day, I said, “Cam’s ‘benefactor’ bought him a new body and a ticket from Oklahoma to LA. Caroline’s Miss Mulch Beauty Pageant win and since failed marriage brought her from Mountain Brook, Alabama to LA.” I tented my fingers. “Interestingly enough, stocky Bucky Ray, who plays our graduate assistant Tyler Thompson, and Cam-fan Stuey Socks, our makeup person, are also both from Mountain Brook, Alabama. What are the odds of that?”
“Anything can happen at Treemeadow College.”
“True. There’s quite a bit of tension between the three Alabama refugees. Not to mention Stuey’s dagger eyes for out and proud Clark Murata.”
“Tell me more about our future daughter-in-law from Hell.”
“Madame Mirembe, originally Jane Jones from Paramus, New Jersey, rearranged her look and persona and won the Atonal Amateurs TV reality show talent contest.”
“Which she never lets us forget.”
“Madame seems quite hungry for fame—and for Cam. So is Tadeo Torres. He was in a big rap musical on Broadway.”
Noah chuckled. “Maybe we can turn the TV pilot into a musical.”
“Don’t give Sam any ideas. He’d do anything if he thought it could bring in high ratings.”
A thin crease appeared on Noah’s smooth forehead. “Our young cast members seem to have a great deal in common, but they don’t have much comradery off the set. Maybe it’s because so many of them are interested in Cam Mark.”
“And Cam Mark seems only interested in himself.”
“I suspect there’s more to it than that.”
“Elementary, my dear Noah.” I kissed his forehead. “There’s more conflict in our theatre’s greenroom than backstage at a drag show.”
“But why all the friction among the cast?”
I shrugged. Ow! “You got me.”
“And I’d have it no other way.” Noah kissed one of my long sideburns. Then he slid under the comforter.
By the time I spooned him, Noah was lightly snoring.
I noticed Papa sitting in the rose-patterned wingback chair. He’d been visiting me most nights since he had passed away. I sat up in bed. “Papa, Taavi’s angry with me.”
“Sons get angry with their fathers. It’s part of growing up.” He scratched at his bald head. “Remember when you were angry with me for being disappointed you wouldn’t work in the bakery?”
I nodded. “But you were proud of me when I became a college professor.”
“And you’ll be proud of Taavi too.”
“I’m proud of him already.”
“I know. So does Taavi.” Papa adjusted the tie of his white robe and his belly covered it.
“Papa, I miss you so much.”
“I’m here whenever you need me.”
“I need you now. Taavi is upset about his childhood in Hawaii.”
“Fine. He’ll realize how much better he has it here with you and Noah.”
“From your lips to God’s ears.” I cocked my head. “Papa, do you have a pipeline up there now?”
“Sure. So do you. Everyone does.” Papa smiled. “So, tell me what you’ve been up to.”
“I’m directing a television show at the college.”
“How many people murdered so far?”
I groaned. “Why do you think someone will be murdered?”
“Because you’re directing the show.”
After twelve mass murders, each during one of my productions, I couldn’t argue with him. “Papa, if there’s another mass murderer at Treemeadow, I hope I can solve this case.”
“You always do. And you always make me proud.”
“Papa, how did you feel when Grandpapa passed away?”
He stroked one of his chins. “Like I changed from a boy to a man.”
“Were you frightened?”
“I was terrified.”
“How did you get through it?”
“I thought about how much Grandpapa loved me, and how much I loved you and your brother. And I still do.” He leaned toward me. “Nicky, if we’re fortunate enough to have a long life, we all grow from childhood to adulthood. It’s the circle of life.”
“That’s what Noah said.”
“You have a smart husband.”
“I agree, and I hope I can follow in your footsteps, Papa.”
“You’ll walk on your own two feet and achieve even greater things. I have faith in you.”
“How do I have faith in myself?”
“Think about how much I love you. It will help keep you strong.” He winked at me. “Now listen to your smart papa and get some sleep.”
“Will you visit me again?”
“I’m always here, Nicky. And I’ll always be a part of you.” He was gone.
I slipped back into bed, missing Papa more than ever. As I drifted off to sleep, each of our television show’s young cast members ran through my mind, and I realized who would be murdered first.
About the Author:
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino was voted Favorite LGBT Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author of the Year by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen. He also wrote the other novels in the Nicky and Noah mystery series: Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, Drama Fraternity, Drama Castle, Drama Dance, Drama Faerie, Drama Runway, Drama Christmas, Drama Pan; the Dreamspinner Press series: In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star, the Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories: A Home for the Holidays/The Perfect Gift/The First Noel, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland and Holiday Tales from Fairyland, the Found At Last series: Finding Giorgio and Finding Armando, and the Player Piano Mysteries: The Player and The Player’s Encore; the Cozzi Cove series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings, Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings (NineStar Press); 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 Chair of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and he is happily married. Many of Joe’s books have received Favorite Book of the Month Awards and Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions.
Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
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