Author: Joe Cosentino
Series: Nicky and Noah Mystery
Genre: Gay fiction, romantic comedy, mystery
Page count: 194
Publisher: Lethe Press
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Theater professors and couple, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are going overboard as usual, but this time on an Alaskan cruise, where dead college theatre 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 vacationing theatre professors before it is lights out for the handsome couple.
You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining third novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and ship ahoy!
Nicky and Noah, theater professors at Treemeadow College, take their relationship, professional skills and a penchant to be in the wrong place at the right time (sleuthing-wise) on an Alaskan cruise. Said cruise offers a chance for Nicky to conduct workshops, including directing a dinner murder mystery.
As they say: art sometimes mimics life, especially when the body count escalates into providing acting opportunities for anyone left standing.
If you haven’t read any of the Nicky-Noah mysteries, don’t despair. Drama Cruise holds up well as a standalone as Nicky and Noah bring their unique sense of snark to a new theater venue, prompting a nostalgic look back at some film classics (Room Service and Night at the Opera, ala Marx Brothers’ outrageous comedy skits).
In this episode, the lovers’ adorably cringe-worthy parents join the fray, leading to Noah seeing a whole new side to Nicky he’s not quite prepared to handle. The cast is large, the number of suspects impressive, and the resolution to the intrepid sleuths solving the murders satisfying, if more by accident than design.
The humor is laugh-out-loud, he didn’t just say that, funny. The scenes of affection occur mostly off-stage, behind closed doors, yet remain joyfully suggestive and highly sensual. Every character gets his due and the ending will have you sniffling with happiness.
Drama Cruise will definitely leave you smiling. Five happy stars for a very enjoyable read.