Erryn reviews ‘Drama Luau’ (Nicky and Noah Mysteries Book 4) by Joe Consentino. The ebook was published May 20, 2017, 223 pages. The audiobook was released June 24, 2021. It is narrated by Griswold Addams and is 6 hrs and 45 mins. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I love trying new genres.
To read the audiobook review of Drama Queen (Nicky and Noah Mysteries Book 1) click here.
To read the audiobook review of Drama Muscle (Nicky and Noah Mysteries Book 2) click here.
Theatre professors and spouses, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are on their honeymoon at a Hawaiian resort, where musclemen in grass skirts are keeling over like waterfalls. Things erupt faster than a volcano when Nicky and Noah, along with their best friends Martin and Ruben, try to stage a luau show.
Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the grass curtain down on male hula dancers – before things go coconuts 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 fourth novel in this delightful series. Curtain up, and aloha!
This is my first Nicky and Noah mystery and I enjoyed it. Dropping into the middle of a series can sometimes be harrowing, but not this time. I was able to settle into the story easily, figuring out relationships and dynamics and nine inch, uh, members. This is a true cozy – no sex. Or, it’s all behind the closed door. And since it’s a honeymoon, there’s plenty of it. A cute dichotomy.
Nicky and Noah were supposed to have help from their parents to pay for their honeymoon but the well run dry so the men are on their own. They use their theatrical skills to direct a luau for hotel guests to help offset the costs. The problem? Members of the troupe are dying and disappearing before anyone can verify their deaths. Like, bodies disappearing. And since the duo are known for the murder-solving abilities, it’s up to them – and the bumbling police – to figure out who did it. Before time runs out on their honeymoon and, perhaps, their lives.
This is a book full of humor, despite the murders. Plenty of laughing out loud fun to be had. And great feels as the two men add to their family. I’m glad I got a chance to listen to it, and I’d definitely pick up more in the series. Griswold Addams is a new-to-me narrator and I thought he did a decent job. Overall, I enjoyed the book.
8/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars
JOE COSENTINO was voted Favorite MM Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author of the Year by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery novel. He is also the author of the remaining Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, Drama Fraternity, Drama Castle, Drama Dance, Drama Faerie, Drama Runway, Drama Christmas, Drama Pan; the Player Piano Mysteries: The Player and The Player’s Encore; the Jana Lane Mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll; the Cozzi Cove series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Moving Forward, Stepping Out, New Beginnings, Happy Endings; the In My Heart Anthology: An Infatuation & A Shooting Star; the Tales from Fairyland Anthology: The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland and Holiday Tales from Fairyland; the Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories Anthology: A Home for the Holidays, The Perfect Gift, The First Noel; and the Found At Last Anthology: Finding Giorgio and Finding Armando. His books have won numerous Book of the Month awards and Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions. As an actor, Joe appeared in principal roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Jason Robards, and Holland Taylor. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Goddard College, Master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz, and is currently a happily married college theatre professor/department chair residing in New York State.