Sunday, August 2, 2015

Book Review: Drama Queen: A Nicky and Noah Mystery by Joe Cosentino

Drama Queen: A Nicky and Noah MysteryBlurb:
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!

Todd’s rating:

Simple fact. I'm not much of a fan of the murder mystery, whodunit genre. I never have been.

Although this book was very well written and edited, as with every other mystery that I've ever read, I honestly never truly cared who the killer happened to be.

Even when watching murder mystery movies, which take significantly less time and concentration than reading, my level of interest tends to wane very quickly. Which is 100% on me and not the fault of the story.

With that being said, I know that murder mysteries must have a lengthy list of characters in order to accommodate sufficient murder victims and murder suspects.

However, when I saw the twenty-four names on the Cast of Characters list, I was still a bit overwhelmed. That is a LOT of people to have thrown at you to remember particulars about, so I had to keep notes as to who was who.

I'm not a fan of that much busyness and distraction floating around in my reads.

Plus, being mainly relationship-focused, the small amount of flirting before Nicky and Noah get together, combined with the skimmed-over sex scenes (i.e., we kissed some, I penetrated him and then we made nut-free buckwheat pancakes, moving on ) didn't really hold my attention very well, either. I actually found the food descriptions more enticing than the abbreviated sex scenes themselves. : (

But the murder mystery itself was not easily figured out, as I only determined the murder when I was told, so the book did its job in shrouding the identity.

So if you're a fan of whodunit's, this would probably be a good book for you; unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the genre in general, so the mystery theme just wasn't particularly for me.

My copy of the book was provided by the author for a fair, unbiased review.
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  1. OMG! This book was the funniest book I've read in years. I laughed hysterically from the first page to the last! Nicky with Noah was sweet. I can't wait for the next one.

  2. Since you don't like mysteries, it seems an odd choice to review a mystery. I love them, and I loved this one. It kept me guessing until the very end.

    1. The author asked me to give it a read, so I stepped out of my usual genre box.

      It really was a good mystery, but we all have our personal tastes and mysteries just don't grab me. : (


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