Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

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"On her sixtieth birthday, Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily, intending to while away the rest of her days with good wine, a view of the sea, and few visitors. But Sicily isn't quite the tranquil island she thought it would be, and something always seems to get in the way of her relaxation. When her handsome young handyman goes missing--and is discovered murdered--she can't help but ask questions. Soon there's an investigation, a smoldering police inspector, a romantic entanglement, one false lead after another, a rooftop showdown, and finally, of course, Poldi herself, slightly tousled but still perfectly poised."--
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781328863577
Branch Call Number: M GIOR
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Brownjohn, John - Translator


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sapl3 Apr 09, 2020


Isolde Oberreiter (Auntie Poldi), Bavarian born and at the age of sixty years, decides to retire to Sicily where she plans on drinking herself to death! Of course nothing ever turns out as one thinks it will, and thankfully that’s the case with Auntie Poldi. When she realizes that her handyman, Valentino, has gone missing, she begins an investigation into his movements and soon finds his murdered body on the beach. Auntie Poldi decides to investigate further – to find Valentino’s murderer. After all, she comes by her deductive abilities honestly as her father had been a detective chief inspector of homicide in Augsburg.

Theft, corruption, and blackmail can soon be added to murder as Poldi gathers the clues while falling “big time” for detective chief inspector Vito Montana, who is in charge of the case. As she attempts to keep her lust in check and her drinking to a minimum, Poldi forges ahead with her investigation, much to Montana’s annoyance.

What a refreshing new character Poldi is and she’s brought to life beautifully in this excellent translation from the German by John Brownjohn. I anxiously await to read about her further escapades in Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna – out in Spring 2019.

Jun 19, 2019

In this installment, Poldi's character solidifies, along with Montana's and her nephew's. Her plans to drink herself to a blissful death in Sicily are thwarted again, as she becomes entangled in yet another intrigue. And because Poldi knows a thing or two about wine and the behaviour of men, she must, of course, intervene. I am heartily looking forward to the next installment announced for spring of 2020.

P.S. The original was written in German, not Italian, as stated in another review. There is a hearty Bavarian-Italian connection in these stories.

Oct 30, 2018

What I liked most about this book is the main character, Poldi --- independent, strong, smart, sexy, making a new life in Sicily and trying to hang onto life. Not many reads out there with a 60-something woman such as she. I chose to read it because I have visited Sicily and wanted to read a book that took place there. In that regard, it is a very fulfilling and fun read. I also liked the other characters in the books, especially Poldi's sisters-in-law. They are richly written. It is a murder mystery and I must admit finding out who done at the end was a bit anti-climactic for me. Nonetheless being with Poldi on her life's journey is worth the read.

Sep 27, 2018

This was a fun read, especially for people who have visited Sicily. what a cast o characters inhabit this island.

Perlejune Jul 29, 2018

Fun reading. Very enjoyable characters. Very well written. Brilliant insights that penetrate our existence that we never quite put a finger on, until we see ourselves in Auntie Poldi's mind. The original was translated from German. (I had thought Italian, but I looked it up and it is German.) Can't wait to read more!!!!

Mar 13, 2018

I just want to begin with "there is only one Grandma Mazur." I was hoping that Auntie Poldi character would be equal with Evanovich's Stephanie Plums grandmother. Not so much. The characters are fine but the book is written by a nephew of Poldi's and at times is difficult to switch back and forth. It took until the 4th chapter of the book to really get interesting. To be fair as well, the book is originally written in Italian and I just don't know enough about that particular culture. I'd suggest starting at chapter 4... you can always go back and read the first three chapters later!

Jan 22, 2018

This mystery is narrated by the nephew of Auntie Poldi, a sixty-year-old retiree from Munich who has decided that Sicily will be ideal for her quiet, alcohol-imbued retirement. However, life changes unexpectedly when her handyman is murdered and our heroine becomes an amateur sleuth. Her meddling ways cause problems for the police officer charged with the investigation. And she also makes a nuisance of herself with the individuals that she suspects of the murder. This mystery flows well and is often quite amusing. A most enjoyable read.

Apr 13, 2017

A deliciously comic Bavarian éclair/Sicilian arancino propelled by a whodunit NOT involving the Mafia... Instead of the numbered chapters, the old-fashioned headings give the readers a synopsis of what's to come yet without revealing too much. Expertly translated from German to English. No threat for fans of Camilleri, this is the author's first in a series to come.

Apr 01, 2017

What an enjoyable book this is! The character of Auntie Poldi is feisty, smart and her own woman. She makes a wonderful detective -- persistent, creative, brave and a bender/breaker of rules. The Sicilian setting is idyllic, the characters memorable and the plot line ingenious. There is a subtle humour running through this story that consistently delights. It also makes me want to book the next Alitalia flight out to Sicily! Bravo to author Mario Giordano. Cannot wait for the English translations of the other books in this series. Enjoy!


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