Review: 'Drama TV' Keeps Readers Guessing... and Wanting More

by Christopher Verleger

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday December 7, 2021

Review: 'Drama TV' Keeps Readers Guessing... and Wanting More

Legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock quipped, "Television has brought back murder into the home — where it belongs."

Treemeadow College theater professors Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver certainly know a thing or two about murder, so it should come as no surprise that when the married couple attempt to bring their latest artistic endeavor to the small screen, the real mystery and intrigue happens behind the scenes, only after the director yells, "Cut!"

In "Drama TV," the thirteenth entry in the indelible "Nicky and Noah Mystery" series from author Joe Cosentino, the usual — albeit not actual — suspects are all together again, this time filming the premiere episode of a television series based on "Drama Queen," the first Nicky and Noah murder mystery, when the dapper duo became acquainted. Nicky, Noah, and their best friends, Martin and Ruben, all proudly portray themselves in the irreverent adaptation.

Their respective sons, Taavi and Ty, are also cast, as well as the customary gaggle of young starlets, including Tadeo Torres, a Broadway rapper; Madame Mirembe, the winner of a reality show singing contest; Cam Mark, the resident hunk; and Caroline Joy, a beauty pageant queen from the South.

As the body count rises after each scene — poisoned darts are the culprit's chosen weapon — Nicky quickly realizes these up-and-coming performers have more in common than their occupations and aspirations (Sweet Home Alabama comes to mind), but when he plays the imposter to gather evidence, his efforts, as usual, are met with angst from the idiotic detective Jose Manuello, and with chagrin from the bigoted network executive, Sam Bailey.

Fans of the series know all too well that a head-scratching whodunit isn't the only thing one can expect from a Nicky and Noah mystery. The author's detailed descriptions of food and fashion, his cheeky political commentary, and the fortuitous flirtation among his characters leave readers wanting more, even after the evildoer's identity is revealed. Much like the pseudo-detectives who always catch the killer, the author never fails to delight, excite and impress his audience.

"Drama TV: A Nicky and Noah Mystery," by Joe Cosentino, is available now

Chris is a voracious reader and unapologetic theater geek from Narragansett, Rhode Island.