Lucille Mazzarella is back in Peg Cochran’s latest, and she is doing her own version of Paleo. One that includes pizza. So she is not too pleased when Sal, the owner of her favorite pizzeria is found dead.
I did not think very highly of Lucille in Confession is Murder or Unholy Matrimony, but as I started reading Hit and Nun, I felt like I was reunited with an old friend. It is comforting to meet someone familiar, isn’t it? And Hit and Nun seems like an extension of Lucille’s life, with her usual problems and a local murder she solves at the snap of her fingers.
Lucille lives in a full house with Bernadette and family, and she can’t wait for the kids to move out. Of course, her grandbaby makes her smile. But there is no chance for her to get frisky with her hubbie. Her mammogram might have something suspicious sparking more tests. Flo refuses to commit to Reggie. And then, her favorite pizza guy drops dead at her feet.
Lucille goes sleuthing, gets chased by cops, finds more dead bodies and does the outlandish things we expect her to do. She still cooks Sunday dinner. And even tries cooking something that tastes like wet socks or a girls’ locker room – curry! So we get it. Curry tastes awful and smells awful, and we need both Lucille and Flo to tell us that in many many words.
I didn’t see the humor when Lorelei Gilmore talked about ‘stinky Indian food’ in season 2 of Gilmore Girls. And I don’t see the humor when Lucille Mazzarella says it. So a 50 something woman born and raised in New Jersey has never smelled Indian food before? Oh well!
As far as the plot goes, it is simpler than the first two ones. There are fewer characters and fewer plot twists, and Lucille doesn’t seem to get into too many scrapes.
Hit and Nun can easily ride the wave of the first two books, and hopefully number 4 will be bigger and better.