It could be lights out for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodybuilders popping up on campus, Nicky, and his favorite colleague/life partner Noah Oliver, must use their drama skills to figure out who is taking down pumped up musclemen in the Physical Education building before it is curtain down for Nicky and Noah. Complicating matters is a visit from Noah’s parents from Wisconsin, and Nicky’s suspicion that Noah may be hiding more than a cut, smooth body. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining second novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and weights up!
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; the Dreamspinner Press novellas: 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; 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 is happily married. Joe was voted 2nd Place Favorite LGBT Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and his books have received numerous Favorite Book of the Month Awards and Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Book 2 of the Nicky and Noah mystery series is even better than the first (and I loved the first one)! Joe Cosentino has such a unique and refreshing way of melding interesting characters, hysterical humor, and an intriguing mystery plot. It is over-the-top farce, yet grounded enough to make you care about the people and the situation. Settled in their relationship (or are they?), Nicky and Noah now try to solve the mystery of who is murdering the students and faculty in the PE department. Nicky is directing the body building competition, giving it an air of theatricality, and one by one, the cast keeps shrinking (and so does the faculty). My favorite characters were Noah's parents, who are hysterical. The mystery plot really adds up to a satisfying ending. Though I didn't guess it until very close to the end, the clues were all there -- just cleverly disguised with misdirection. I look forward to reading the next Nicky and Noah mystery!
Reviewed by Java Davis for Readers' Favorite Drama Muscle by Joe Cosentino is the second book in the Nicky and Noah mystery series. The series follows Nicky and Noah, drama teachers and lovers, who teach at Treemeadow College, a small New England college. The first book in the series, Drama Queen, took place in the college's Theatre Department, which was a natural fit for this sleuthing couple. Drama Muscle takes place in the Bodybuilding Department. The premise is that the annual student bodybuilding competition needed some pizzazz, so they asked the two theatre professors to stage a show. One by one, students and faculty involved with the competition start dropping dead. Once again, Nicky and Noah are asked to investigate on behalf of the college, especially since they are "seasoned investigators" from the first book. The murder plot was moved along a tad clumsily by Nicky's incessant eavesdropping, including quite a bit of voyeurism. The part of Cosentino’s Drama Muscle that kept me reading was the continuing love affair between Nicky and Noah, complicated by an extended stay from Noah's parents, Bonnie and Scott Oliver. They have no problem with their son's gay lifestyle, but want Noah to get married to Nicky and settle down. Bonnie is charming, continually sending photos of their trip to her friend and neighbor, Judy. The book ends on a high note, with a party and three engagements, but whose? I would definitely continue to follow this series, especially if Nicky’s parents make an appearance.