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Drama Castle

by Christopher Verleger
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Feb 5, 2019
Drama Castle

Everyone knows the saying, "Where there's smoke, there's fire." Well, whenever Nicky and Noah are around, there is most assuredly going to be murder.

In "Drama Castle," the seventh entry in the delightfully dishy Nicky and Noah mystery series from author Joe Cosentino, married theater professors Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver are a long way from Treemeadow College in Vermont. After having taken Broadway by storm, they're now filming a movie on location at a castle in Scotland with their son, Taavi, and Noah's parents, Bonnie and Scott, in tow.

The palatial castle is owned by the Conall family, including eldest brother, Barclay, middle brother Magnus, and the youngest, Fergus, all of whom are featured in the film, along with Barclay's wife, Moira. Also starring are Brody Naughton, the head of housekeeping at the castle, and his daughter, Lairie, as well as waiters, Hamish and Donal.

Murder seemingly follows Nicky everywhere; apparently, there is no safety in distance, because no sooner does the director call action and the camera starts rolling than members of the Conall family start to drop off one by one, transferring ownership of the castle to the most senior surviving family member. Nicky and Noah are inadvertently called into action, trying to determine who has the motive to carry out such drastic deeds on the wealthy family.

Scotland detectives Lennox Frazier and Owen Steward, who could learn a thing or two from the Keystone Cops, clumsily arrive on the scene, but Nicky's investigative prowess, as well as the routine roleplaying of his colleagues and partners in crime, Ruben and Martin, sheds the most light on the Conall family history. He discovers forbidden romances, long-held family secrets, and even falls victim to a misunderstanding with Noah that changes their lives forever.

While the reader knows what to expect from Nicky and Noah, Cosentino still manages to keep us guessing until the end, and this particular setting is reminiscent of a classic whodunit a la Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes. Nicky and Noah's irresistible adventures are as cagey - and catty - as ever, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

"Drama Castle"
By Joe Cosentino

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


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