A Room with a Pew (A Lucille Mystery, #4) by Peg Cochran
Lucille Mazzarella is back, and this time she’s investigating the murder of her own poor cousin Louis. Tracking down a killer might lead the fifty-something housewife into the clutches of a Godfather she never wanted to meet.
When Lucille discovers the body of her cousin Louis in the church parking lot, her first thought is that he may have skipped one service too many, but when the cops shock her with the news that Louis was killed by a professional hit man, she realizes the Almighty had nothing to do with the deed.
Even more shocking is the discovery that the victim, who never had a penny to his name, had socked away a huge wad of cash. As Lucille and her best friend Flo follow the money trail, it leads them from a seedy strip joint to a high-stakes gambling ring and all the way to the mob.
As the thugs close in and threaten to end Lucille’s detecting days for good, she’s tempted to give in to the most dangerous crooks she’s ever faced, but then she remembers she’s got a little family thing of her own that means more.
Page Count: 164
This was my first introduction to reading a book by Peg Cochran, however I admit that I have a few of her other books from her Gourmet De-Lite mystery series laying in my to-be read pile. This is the fourth book in the series, and even without reading any of the first three I was not lost in any part of the story. This book can definetly be read as a stand-alone book. However you will want to grab the first three in the series too. I know I am going to add them to my Kindle now!
The plot of this book is well written and well developed. I actually didn’t peg the “whodunit” and there were fun twists and turns throughout that kept me guessing. The characters are so believable and real. I found myself laughing and generally amused with Lucille and Flo. They reminded me of a bit younger, and not quite as cooky, version of Grandma Mazur from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. I loved the references to the different Patron Saints and Lucille’s Mediterranean diet was just a hoot.
All of the characters are well-rounded and well-written, making this story a must read. I love when I read a cozy mystery that keeps me guessing right through till the end! Overall, A Room with a Pew was a very fun read with good writing enhanced by an original story line and wonderfully funny characters!