✨ Narrator Interview ✨
Author Joe Cosentino interviews audiobook performer Brian Cheney at the release of the audiobook of Drama TV, the 13th Nicky and Noah mystery!
Joe: Hi, Brian. Welcome to our interview for the audio book release of Drama TV, Nicky and Noah mystery book 13.
Brian: Thanks, Joe. Lucky thirteen! As Nicky would say, “pun intended.”
Joe: As Nicky might also say, “I’m happier than an anti-gay politician tapping his foot in a public men’s room stall at the terrific job you did performing the audio book of book 13 in this series.
Brian: As Nicky would say, “Stop. But don’t!”
Joe: As you know, in the 13th Nicky and Noah mystery novel cute and cozy couple (Try saying that three times fast while chewing gum) Nicky and Noah do a television pilot based on their first case: Drama Queen (book 1) in cozy Vermont.
Brian: And Nicky and Noah, and a few other couples, get pretty cozy.
Joe: I think the Nicky and Noah mystery novels starting with Drama Queen would made a wonderful television series. Do you agree?
Brian: Absolutely! Each book would make a fantastic season! If Murder, She Wrote and Only Murders in the Building had a baby, it would be The Nicky and Noah Mysteries!
Joe: Kinky (smile). Do you watch a lot of television?
Brian: Do I! It’s my favorite thing to do!
Joe: What do you think it is about the Nicky and Noah mysteries that have captivated people for a decade now?
Brian: I think it’s because of you, Joe. You wrap all of these exciting murder mysteries in a hilarious, side-splitting and touching bow! It really comes down to your writing.
Joe: Gee, thanks! You are an incredibly talented actor, singer, and audio book performer. What were some challenges that you faced in performing this audio book?
Brian: Thank you so much! I am really dialed into the pacing of your writing to get the most out of your beautiful one-liners! The biggest challenge for me at this point is to try to keep from laughing out loud while I’m recording!
Joe: This is your third Nicky and Noah mystery audio book. Which audio book was the most difficult to perform?
Brian: They all have had their unique challenges, so it’s hard to say. Whether it’s coming up with really fun voices based on your character descriptions or adlibbing some fun melodies for songs in the musicals!
Joe: As you know, each of the Nicky and Noah mystery novels are loaded with humor, mystery, romance, clues, red herrings, and a shocking but happy ending (pun intended). How did you decide on the voices for each of the new characters in this novel, including the hysterically funny role-play characters?
Brian: I love using my imagination and try to make myself giggle. If that happens, I know I’m onto something.
Joe: I marveled at how you performed over twenty different and entertaining voices with such perfect comic timing. Which character in the story was your favorite to voice and why?
Brian: Thank you! It’s so much fun. Martin is my absolute favorite! When I narrated our first collaboration, Drama Christmas, Martin’s voice just happened and came out of me! I love the affected and overly dramatic theatrical way he speaks.
Joe: Which character was the most difficult to voice and why?
Brian: Sebastian Snoop. I mean, how does one make their voice sound like “a squirrel caught in a power saw”? HA!
Joe: Without giving away any spoilers, did you guess the twist ending before reading it?
Brian: NO! I thought it was obvious until…well, everyone will just have to listen to find out!
Joe: Why should audio book lovers buy Drama TV?
Brian: Because it’s got it all! It’s sweet, mysterious, sexy, touching, and hilarious! I mean, there’s Dung all over the book! If you don’t understand that joke, listen to the book!
Joe: How can audio book fans find out more about you?
Brian: Check out my website http://www.briancheneytenor.com and find me on Audible!
Joe: Thank you for sharing your time and talents, Brian. I hope we have more Nicky and Noah mystery audio book collaborations to come!
Brian: We will!
DRAMA TV Audiobook
the 13th Nicky and Noah mystery by Joe Cosentino
performed by Brian Cheney
Formats: E-book, Paperback, and Audiobook
Release Date: eBook/Dec 1, 2021 & Audiobook/Nov 18, 2023
Length: 235 Pages / 6 Hours 53 Minutes
Genre: Genre: MM, contemporary, mystery, comedy, romance
It’s winter break at Treemeadow College, and Theatre professors and spouses Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, their best friends Martin and Ruben, and their sons Taavi and Ty are starring in a television pilot for the Nicky and Noah Mysteries series based on their first caper, Drama Queen. More is shot than footage as cast members drop like giant flat screen TVs mounted by an intoxicated carpenter. Once again, our favorite thespians will need to use their drama skills to catch the killer before they get cancelled. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining thirteenth (yikes!) novel in this delightful series. So relax on the sofa and reach for the remote. The TV screen is exploding with sexy young heartthrobs, egotistical reality TV show contestants, a soap opera diva, a hot rap singer, and murder!
Praise for the Nicky and Noah Mysteries
“Joe Cosentino has a unique and fabulous gift. His writing is flawless, and his plot-lines will have you guessing until the very last page, which makes his books a joy to read. His books are worth their weight in gold, and if you haven’t discovered them yet you are in for a rare treat.” Divine Magazine
“a combination of Laurel and Hardy mixed with Hitchcock and Murder She Wrote… Loaded with puns and one-liners…Right to the end, you are kept guessing, and the conclusion still has a surprise in store for you…the best modern Sherlock and Watson in books today…I highly recommend this book and the entire series, it’s a pure pleasure, full of fun and love, written with talent and brio…fabulous…brilliant” Optimumm Book Reviews
“adventure, mystery, and romance with every page….Funny, clever, and sweet….I can’t find anything not to love about this series….This read had me laughing and falling in love….Nicky and Noah are my favorite gay couple.” Urban Book Reviews
“For fans of Joe Cosentino’s hilarious mysteries, this is another vintage story with more cheeky asides and sub plots right left and centre….The story is fast paced, funny and sassy. The writing is very witty with lots of tongue-in-cheek humour….Highly recommended.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews
“Every entry of the Nicky and Noah mystery series is rife with intrigue, calamity, and hilarity…Cosentino keeps us guessing – and laughing – until the end, as well as leaving us breathlessly anticipating the next Nicky and Noah thriller.” Edge Media Network
“A laugh and a murder, done in the style we have all come to love….This had me from the first paragraph….Another wonderful story with characters you know and love!” Crystals Many Reviewers
“These two are so entertaining….Their tactics in finding clues and the crazy funny interactions between characters keeps the pages turning. For most of the book if I wasn’t laughing I was grinning.” Jo and Isa Love Books
“Superb fun from start to finish, for me this series gets stronger with every book and that’s saying something because the benchmark was set so very high with book 1.” Three Books Over the Rainbow
“The Nicky and Noah Mysteries series are perfect for fans of the Cozy Mystery sub-genre. They mix tongue-in-cheek humor, over-the-top characters, a wee bit of political commentary, and suspense into a sweet little mystery solved by Nicky and Noah, theatre professors for whom all the world’s a stage.” Prism Book Alliance
“This is one hilarious series with a heart and it just keeps getting better. I highly recommend them all, and please read them in the order they were written for full blown laugh out loud reading pleasure!” Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
About the Author
Joe Cosentino was voted Favorite MM Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author of the Year by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery novel.
He is also the author of…
- the remaining Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, Drama Fraternity, Drama Castle, Drama Dance, Drama Faerie, Drama Runway, Drama Christmas, Drama Pan, Drama TV, Drama Oz, Drama Prince, Drama Merry, Drama Daddy, Drama King;
- the Player Piano Mysteries: The Player and The Player’s Encore;
- the Jana Lane Mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll;
- the Cozzi Cove series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Moving Forward, Stepping Out, New Beginnings, Happy Endings;
- the In My Heart Anthology: An Infatuation & A Shooting Star;
- the Tales from Fairyland Anthology: The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland and Holiday Tales from Fairyland;
- the Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories Anthology: A Home for the Holidays, The Perfect Gift, The First Noel;
- and the Found At Last Anthology: Finding Giorgio and Finding Armando.
His books have won numerous Book of the Month awards and Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions. As an actor, Joe appeared in principal roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Jason Robards, and Holland Taylor. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Goddard College, Master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz, and is currently a happily married college theatre professor/department chair residing in New York State.
Find Joe Cosentino on the Web
About the Narrator
Brian Cheney, hailed by KUSC Los Angeles as the “next great tenor”, protégé of legendary tenor Jerry Hadley, has gained international acclaim for his portrayal of characters such as Radamés in Aida, Don José in Carmen, Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La bohème, the Duke in Rigoletto, and Canio in Pagliacci.
“It is tenor Brian Cheney as the brave painter Cavaradossi who really blew me away. Cheney has that terrific tenor sound: the power, richness, and vocal color of a high baritone combined with ringing, awe-inspiring high notes” (Stage and Cinema.)
Highlights from last season include Mr. Cheney’s creation of the role of Victor Frankenstein in the world premiere performance of Gregg Kallor’s Frankenstein in New York to critical acclaim and his National Philharmonic debut as the tenor soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass and West Side Story.
“Cheney’s ringing tenor voice carried well in the stone catacombs, conveying the fear that the deep bass sound of the monster summoned. And as the section of the sketches went on, Cheney’s voice bloomed to match the action and threats of the creature.” (Operawire)
Recent engagements include Radamés in Aida with Virginia Opera, Antonin Scalia in Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg with Toledo Opera, and Salute to Vienna performances in Miami, West Palm Beach, Nashville, and New York City (Lincoln Center).
In audio books, Mr. Cheney performed Drama Christmas (the 11th Nicky and Noah mystery novel) by Joe Cosentino, Drama Pan (the 12th Nicky and Noah mystery novel) by Joe Cosentino, All the King’s Men by Scott Leddy, Swarm by Guy Morris, The Last Ark by Guy Morris, and Pressure by Barry Napier.