Drama Queen (Nick & Noah Mystery #1) by Joe Cosentino ~ Audiobook Review by Brandilyn

Drama-QueenTitle: Drama Queen (Nick & Noah Mystery #1)

Author: Joe Cosentino

Narrator: Michael Gilboe

Publisher: Lethe Press

Cover Artist: Ben Baldwin

Story Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 05/26/2015

Length: 06 hours 31 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy, Mystery


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!

Story Review:

The only two stories I have read from author Joe Cosentino were both heartfelt and heartbreaking. With Drama Queen, he proves that he can do humor and mystery with equal skill.

Drama Queen is the first book in his new Nick and Noah Mysteries series. A series of cozy mysteries with two Drama professors from a small Vermont college as the protagonists. Nick is a professor of directing and Noah one of acting. They don’t start out the story as a couple but do end up as one, in case you hadn’t guessed that much. However, this is not a story about their love. It is a story about the two of them working together to solve a murder.

Our story is filled with humor as the sometimes over the top antics of Nick and Noah get them closer and closer to the answer to the mystery. There is no subtlety in Nick’s character. I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word. His inner dialogue is entertaining and sometimes biting.

I chuckled a few times throughout the book. We know I am a tough sell on humor, so chuckling is a good thing 😉 I am ready for Nick and Noah’s next adventure.

Narration Review:

This is my first title narrated by Michael Gilboe. I have mixed feelings about the job he did with Drama Queen. While he certainly lived up to the books name, and did a pretty fabulous job on Nick, the rest of the characters lacked in my eyes. Some sounded robotic. Some just sounded wrong. He also lacked consistency on some of the non-point of view characters.

I will probably give him another shot if he narrated the second book in the series, but I don’t know that I would listen to him for anything outside this series.


Drama Queen (Nick & Noah Mystery #1) on Goodreads
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I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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