- Book Title: Drama Queen
- Author: Joe Cosentino
- Publisher: Lethe Press (May 26, 2015)
- Book Length: 196 pages
- Genre: Gay, Romace, Comedy
- Reviewed by: Diane
- Posting Date: June 29, 2015
Drama Queen starts off slowly, with that all-too-annoying theatrical flair that anyone who has even been around “theater types” will immediately recognize and cringe, either with distaste or a healthy appreciation for the peculiarities of that particular breed of folks who tread the boards. The plot and characterizations are loaded with tropes, each one thinly layered one atop the other in an almost Marx Brothers fashion, but once the mystery engages you are swept along with a story that is at once a farce, a comedy, a romance and something resembling an act of nature.
Nick is the talented director (everyone says so, including Nick). Noah is the heart throb (a bit clueless, a whole lot smitten, and a great acting coach). Together they click, again and again and again…
With a Theater Department the size of most community colleges, there are lots of faculty and admin types available to pick off, and it doesn’t take long for the body count to mount up while all fingers point to the hapless Noah as being the last one who saw this or that victim. The cast of characters is large, the permutations laugh out loud funny in spots, and nearly everyone has motive and opportunity.
The cops aren’t the sharpest knives in the prop room, Nicky and Noah go at crime solving with a Dumb and Dumber fervor, and as the mystery deepens it becomes fairly obvious that the one thing you can be sure of is that the show must go on.
Once past the slow beginning, the pace picks up into an enjoyable and amusing read. If you like broad comedy with a side of crime and a host of suspects, Drama Queen should fill the playbill nicely.