Unholy MatrimonyYo, Lucille Mazzarella here. I’m trying this here new diet I read about. Now, my Frankie always says he likes me just the way I am, but I wouldn’t mind losing a couple of pounds if you know what I mean. I don’t know where they came from, but all of a sudden even the elastic waistbands on my pants are getting tight.

This here diet is going to be a breeze. I gotta watch my calories two days a week, and the rest of the time I can eat what I want. Which is good because I couldn’t give up all the things I love like stuffed shells with homemade ragu sauce, cannolis, a nice sandwich with some capicola from that deli on South Street, and pizza from Rosa and Sal’s.

So on my fasting days I’ll go real light. Like this morning. I had a small piece of coffee cake, the bacon Bernadette didn’t want, a couple bites of Frankie’s scrambled eggs, a few olives to finish off the jar and a cup of black coffee. Tonight for dinner I’m doing fish since it’s Friday. I know you don’t have to give up meat on Fridays no more, but I can’t help it, it’s tradition. Like going to church on Sunday and Sunday dinners with the family. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t care.

My friend Flo is always after me to fix myself up more—get a new hairdo, get highlights, go for Botox. But like I said, my Frankie likes me the way I am and besides, he don’t like no surprises. But losing a few pounds won’t be too much of a change. I gotta tell you, I’m real excited about this new diet. This time I think it’s going to work.

You can read more about Lucille in Unholy Matrimony, the second book in the “Lucille” mystery series, published by Beyond the Page Publishing. The first book in the series is Confession Is Murder. Books are available at online booksellers.

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Meet the author
Peg grew up in a New Jersey suburb about 25 miles outside of New York City. She now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan—on exile from NJ as she likes to joke.

Besides the Lucille series, Peg is also writing three cozy mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime— the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series, written as Meg London, set in Paris, Tennessee; the Gourmet De-Lite series, under her own name, set in Connecticut and the Cranberry Cove series, set on the western shore of Lake Michigan which will debut in 2015.

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