Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

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Recently widowed Auntie Poldi moves to Sicily in order to drink herself comfortably to death with a sea view. But fate intervenes when she finds the corpse of a young man on the beach, and becomes a potential murder suspect. Poldi falls for the gorgeous Commissario Montana and they soon form an investigative -- and romantic -- partnership.
Publisher: London : Bitter Lemon Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781328863577
1328863573
9781908524690
1908524693
Branch Call Number: MF GIORDANO, MARIO
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Brownjohn, John - Translator

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SFBookAddict
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.

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brangwinn
Sep 27, 2018

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

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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!!!!

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B00ksRcool
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!

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carolefort
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.

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imagenel
Apr 13, 2017

A deliciously comic Bavarian ├ęclair/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.

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hilln
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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Oct 30, 2018

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