Welcome, Noah. Thank you for talking with us today about the audiobook release of the fifth novel in your popular Nicky and Noah mystery series.
You’re welcome. It’s great to get out of the book and let my hair down.
You are described in the books as quite handsome with long blond hair, glimmering crystal blue eyes, and a tall, lean, cut body. More importantly, you are sweet and caring to everyone, especially Nicky.
I believe we all need to take care of each other. In the area of romance, I’m a one-man man, and that man is Nicky Abbondanza.
Nicky is described as tall, handsome with a Roman nose and dark hair, muscular, and having an enormous manhood. Does that help you and Nicky solve the murders?
It doesn’t hurt. Well, maybe it hurts a bit. (smile) At times Nicky and I flirt with others to get clues, so I guess it’s a huge asset (“no pun intended,” as Nicky would say). Nicky and I also use our theatre skills, including playing other people, to get information. And as in the third and fourth novels, we get some help from our older pals Martin and Ruben, joining us in playing wacky characters to nab the killer. We are true thespians. (As Nicky would say, “That rhymes with lesbians if you have a lisp.”)
Were you happy with Griswold Addams, the audiobook narrator for Drama Luau and now Drama Detective?
As Nicky would say, “We were happier than a priest at altar boy induction.” Griswold sounds just like Nicky! He looks like him too! Nicky and I prefer to call Griswold a performer, since he perfectly captured all the characters (and they are characters) in the audiobooks. Griswold has the perfect voice, comic timing, versatility, and emotional commitment for these audiobooks. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better to bring our stories to life!
After hearing the audiobooks of Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, and now Drama Detective, it’s clear there should be a television series. Who do you think should play you and Nicky if there is a Nicky and Noah Mysteries television series?
Matt Bomer should play Nicky, and Neil Patrick Harris would be terrific as me. Luke McFarlane would be perfect as Nicky’s brother Tony (or any role). Joe (nepotism) wants to play Martin Anderson, our department head and best friend. How about Nathan Lane as Ruben (Martin’s husband) and Wanda Sykes as Shayla (Martin’s office assistant)? And wouldn’t Rosie O’Donnell and Bruce Willis be joint hoots as my parents? Rather than Logo showing reruns of Golden Girls around the clock, and Bravo airing so called reality shows, they should do The Nicky and Noah Mysteries. Come on, TV producers, make Joe some offers!
Why did Joe Cosentino create this series?
Joe combines his past as a professional actor, present as a theatre college professor/department head, infatuation with mystery novels, and wild sense of humor in this series. Even at a young age, Joe suspected that Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson were more than roommates, which we have a lot of fun with in this fifth novel. There aren’t a lot of gay cozy mysteries out there. Joe changed all that. And Nicky and I helped!
For anyone who hasn’t read them (and they should!), tell us about the Nicky and Noah mysteries.
The Nicky and Noah mysteries are set in an Edwardian style university founded originally by a gay couple (Tree and Meadow) whose name the university bears: Treemeadow College. The clues and murders (and laughs) come fast and furious, there are enough plot twists and turns and a surprise ending to keep the pages turning faster than a priest chasing a new altar boy around the choir loft. At the center is a touching gay romance between Associate Professor of Directing Nicky Abbondanza (the love of my life!) and Assistant Professor of Acting Noah Oliver (that’s me!). In the first novel, Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite LGBT Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Novel of 2015), college theatre professors are falling like stage curtains while Nicky directs the college play production, and Nicky and I must figure out whodunit and why—to save me from going to prison! The book ends with Nicky and I professing our love. In the second book, Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention 2016), Nicky is directing the college’s bodybuilding competition, and bodybuilding students and professors are dropping like barbells. The novel ends with Nicky and I becoming engaged! In Drama Cruise it is summer on a ten-day cruise from San Francisco to Alaska and back. Nicky and I must figure out why college theatre professors are dropping like life rafts as Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship starring me (I hope you don’t think I have a big head like Nicky’s—pun intended.) and starring other college theatre professors from across the US. Complicating matters are both sets of our parents who want to embark on all the activities on and off the boat with us. That story ends with our wedding at sea! In Drama Luau, Nicky is directing the luau show at the Maui Mist Resort. Nicky and I need to figure out why muscular Hawaiian hula dancers are dropping like grass skirts. Our pals Martin and Ruben are along for the bumpy tropical ride, which ends with Nicky and I adopting our son!
Has the Nicky and Noah mystery series been well received so far?
They like us! They really like us! Reviewers called the books hysterically funny farce, Murder She Wrote meets Hart to Hart meets The Hardy Boys, and a captivating whodunit with a surprise ending. One reviewer wrote it was the funniest book she had ever read. Who am I to argue? Nicky and I are an adorable couple. The awards have also been amazing.
What do you like about Treemeadow College in Vermont?
Treemeadow College is the perfect setting for a cozy mystery with its white Edwardian buildings, low white stone fences, lake and mountain views, and Cherry wood offices with tall leather chairs and fireplaces. It’s also very romantic. Just ask Nicky.
Tell us about the storyline in Drama Detective. But no spoilers please!
Nicky is directing and ultimately starring as Sherlock Holmes opposite me as Dr. Watson in a Sherlock Holmes musical premiering at Treemeadow College, Is Holmes a Homo?, on the road to Broadway. When cast members begin toppling over like hammy actors at a curtain call, Nicky and I use our drama skills to figure out who is lowering the streetlamps on the actors before we get half-baked on Baker Street. As usual it’s a laugh riot and a good puzzle with an ending you won’t see coming. As Nicky would say, “You’ll love it more than an anti-gay conservative politician loves men’s public bathroom stalls.”
Your and Nicky’s parents are also in the latest book.
I think our parents are absolutely hilarious. Nicky’s mother’s passion for gambling is rich (no pun intended). I love my mother’s fixation with taking pictures of everything, and my father’s fascination with seeing movies. I also love how my dad is an amateur sleuth like Nicky. As they say, men marry their fathers. Also, both sets of our parents accept their son’s spouse as part of their family. Kudos to them.
Who is your favorite character in Drama Detective?
Nicky of course. He is smart, loyal, gorgeous, sexy, and the perfect Holmes to my Watson. He is also genuinely concerned for others, and he will do anything to solve a murder mystery. Of the new characters in book five, my favorite character is Mark Melody, the creator of the Sherlock Holmes musical. Mark talks in musical theatre talk, and he has a wild crush on Corey Sundance a young stud actor member of the company.
Who is your favorite couple in the book, next to you and Nicky?
Ruben and Martin are terrific. I love Martin’s paternal instincts toward Nicky and me, sense of theatricality, and his inquiring mind. I also like how Ruben keeps Martin in line. Finally, it’s wonderful to see an older couple so much in love (uncommon in the entertainment field), and how they can read each other like a book (no pun intended). They’re two terrifically talented guys. (“Try saying that three times fast while eating peanut butter,” as Nicky would say.)
Which character do you like the least in book five?
I started out not liking Rev. Tommy Hawk for his discrimination against Nicky and me under the guise of Hawk’s “religious freedom.” However, when things took a turn in the story, my feelings changed completely.
Which character is the most misunderstood?
Corey Sundance is a handsome, muscular, and sexy young rebel with a cause. His inner secret makes him behave in a self-centered manner, but he’s masking the heart of a frightened child yearning for love.
Which character was the sexiest?
Tony, Nicky’s macho, muscular, Italian-American, younger brother. Don’t tell Nicky I said that.
How can readers get their hands on the new audiobook of Drama Detective, and how can they contact you?
The purchase links are below. Readers and listeners can contact Nicky and me through Joe’s web site. We’re always in his head. And we both love to hear from readers/listeners!
Thank you, Noah, for sharing with us today.
It is Nicky’s and my joy and pleasure to share these stories with you. So put on your Sherlock Holmes coat and hat, grab your pipe and program, and take your front row seat. Listen up! The curtain is rising and the game is afoot in the audiobook of Drama Detective!