Release Date: June 6, 2015
Published by Lethe Press
Review Copy from Author
ABOUT THE BOOK:
It could be curtains for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodies popping up all over campus, Nicky must use his drama skills to figure out who is playing the role of murderer before it is lights out for Nicky and his colleagues. Complicating matters is Nicky’s huge crush on Noah Oliver, a gorgeous assistant professor in his department, who may or may not be involved with a cocky graduate assistant…and is also the top suspect for the murders! You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat, delightfully entertaining novel. Curtain up!
In a crafty whodunit where everyone’s a suspect, Joe Cosentino leads us on a dramatic chase for answers. The setup is brilliant and the execution of the mystery plot is flawless. The delivery from Nicky’s point of view is perfect for the story, giving an almost stream of consciousness feel. I especially enjoy the way Cosentino works in Nicky’s inner thoughts adding a lot of levity in an otherwise tragic and suspenseful situation.
The first victim of the crime is none other than a widely disliked, loudmouth professor in the theater department. His tragic demise is untimely, leaving motive and opportunity for so many characters. I love a story of this nature and how it keeps you analyzing and guessing throughout as you try to piece together the puzzle and discover exactly what happened. Cosentino masterfully reveals his clues while twisting things just enough to maintain the element of surprise. It seems no one is safe as suddenly members of the Treemeadow theater faculty begin dropping like flies.
If I had to choose, I’d say my favorite scene is from the department meeting right after the first faculty member is killed. The combination of acting talents present in that room loans itself to a very entertaining scene where most are trying to feign sadness over his passing. Trying to discern the genuine feelings from the theatrical performances is a lot of fun, and I think exemplifies the playful nature of this murder mystery quite well. I look forward to reading the next Nicky and Noah mystery!
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joe Cosentino is the author of An Infatuation (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). 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. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), A Shooting Star (Dreamspinner Press novella), A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press holiday novella), and Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery.
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