Author – Joe Cosentino
Star rating - ★★★★☆
No. of Pages – 217
Cover – Perfect!
POV – 1st person, one character
Would I read it again – Yes
Genre – LGBT, Comedy, Mystery, Murder, Contemporary
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine
Drama Detective is another top notch comedy from Joe Cosentino. With a cast of characters that can make you smile, laugh and snigger at their woeful dramas, there is something (and someone) for everyone.
The format is back in great form, continuing the tradition of beginning with Nicky directing a play and then evolving into murder before the end of Chapter 1. The cast of characters are a little more catty than usual, this time, as instead of having college kids or amateurs as the actors the characters here are fully credits from hammed up TV shows and theater has-beens. Or rather, never-was stars. The drama these lot face on stage is nothing to what they cause off stage.
I loved that little Taavi was back, as an official member of the family. And Nicky's usual hypochondria hadn't been forgotten, nor was his irrational jealousy as he simmered over the growing closeness of Noah and his brother Tony. It was fun to watch all the family drama pan out, from the 'more sensitive and younger brother' issue to the 'who killed my cast' and the return of long-standing – and long-suffering – detective Joe Manuello.
But, as always, beyond the fun is the real stuff. Stuff that real life has thrown at the LGBT community. Religious freedoms, bigotry, closeted gay men suffering the fear of coming out due to judgment, and the realities of foster care, conversion therapy and children's fear that their families will be broken up by laws and governments who don't support LGBT families. Cosentino manages to challenge all of these real life issues in a way that is both real, heartbreaking but also uplifting, in a way. Because there is always a happy ending and, no matter what the characters have suffered in their lives, they find a way to rise above the struggles.
I never knew a musical production of Sherlock Holmes could be so dangerous! Drama Fraternity is going to be a riot!