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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions 3.5Auntie Poldi is a woman after my own heart All she wants in her retirement is a view of the sea and a good bottle of wine Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions is the first book in a new series by German Italian writer Mario Giordano I love mysteries that take place in different parts of the world like The Number One Ladies Detective Series which takes place in Botswana Following the death of her husband, Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily to be close to relatives, have a view of the sea and so 3.5Auntie Poldi is a woman after my own heart All she wants in her retirement is a view of the sea and a good bottle of wine Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions is the first book in a new series by German Italian writer Mario Giordano I love mysteries that take place in different parts of the world like The Number One Ladies Detective Series which takes place in Botswana Following the death of her husband, Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily to be close to relatives, have a view of the sea and some good wine lots of good wine She hires Valentino, an extremely handsome and capable young man to do repairs on the dilapidated house she has purchased Within the first few pages of the book Valentino goes missing and Poldi, daughter of a police detective, is on the hunt.This book was fun I loved Auntie Poldi, her relatives and acquaintances, all of them real characters The plot sometimes meanders, but eventually comes together And the locale priceless Once again I want to be in the locale of a book I am reading if only for a week And I wouldn t mind a good bottle of wine to go with the view of the sea.I am editing this review from a 4 star to a 3.5 For characters and setting I am giving it 4.0 and for meandering plot, 3.0 Auntie Poldi has decided to retire in Munich and retire to a house by the sea in Sicily and drink herself to death but spending her remaining time flirting with various men She has sisters in Sicily and her nephew flies out every few weeks from Germany to keep an eye on her This may be a cultural thing but that alone seemed odd to me How could he afford the time and money It is Europe so travel is easier but it still seems like a big commitment The story is told through the nephew s eyes I Auntie Poldi has decided to retire in Munich and retire to a house by the sea in Sicily and drink herself to death but spending her remaining time flirting with various men She has sisters in Sicily and her nephew flies out every few weeks from Germany to keep an eye on her This may be a cultural thing but that alone seemed odd to me How could he afford the time and money It is Europe so travel is easier but it still seems like a big commitment The story is told through the nephew s eyes It takes quite awhile to get to the murder that Poldi investigates and by then I was quite bewildered by a number of things Why does a woman who dresses with low cleveage to attract men and spends a lot of time discussing their eyes want to drink herself to death How does she stumble across the dead body It was a little coincidental It goes on and on And then the jokes, Again it may be cultural Why do carabininieri always patrol in three Well, one can read, one can write and the third is to keep an eye on that pair of dangerous intellectuals Unfortunately this book didn t translate for me 3.5 stars, actually.If you re looking for what I d describe as a cute, almost cozy murder mystery with some quirky characters, you might want to give this one a try Where else will you find a borderline elderly retired costume designer with a nose for adventure who s moved to Sicily for the sole purpose at least initially of drinking herself to death Meet Auntie Poldi, officially Isolde Oberreider Despite her penchant for wearing askew wigs, she considers herself to be attractive to the op 3.5 stars, actually.If you re looking for what I d describe as a cute, almost cozy murder mystery with some quirky characters, you might want to give this one a try Where else will you find a borderline elderly retired costume designer with a nose for adventure who s moved to Sicily for the sole purpose at least initially of drinking herself to death Meet Auntie Poldi, officially Isolde Oberreider Despite her penchant for wearing askew wigs, she considers herself to be attractive to the opposite sex and moved to a new country after her husband died finding a rather unkempt house overlooking the sea not far from her sisters Narrating the whole thing is Poldi s nephew, a would be writer in the throes of writer s block who s hoping, I suppose, that documenting his aunt s adventures will kick start his creative juices.And find adventure she does After a young man to whom she took a fancy turns up dead on a beach, she turns into an almost frenzied amateur investigator much to the dismay of local authorities, in particular hunky detective Vito Montana Once she gets going, a missing sculptured lion comes into play as she tries to connect the dots to a wealthy landowner she suspects may be up to nefarious activities.Her adventures and attempts at solving the murder are documented in fine fashion sometimes with a bit of humor right up to the end Admittedly, while I do love headstrong women, she proved to lean a littlein that direction than I d like to meet in person still, there s no getting around the appeal of her rather off the wall character The ending suggests thatinstallments will come in the future and notably, this is the author s first book to be translated into English.In the interests of full disclosure, I won an advance copy of this book in paperback format at Bookish First in exchange for an honest review I expected to enjoy this ratherthan I did It s not bad, but it could have done with a good dealfocus and a good deal less background and self conscious quirkiness.Aunti Poldi is a Bavarian woman who, at the age of about 60, moves back to Sicily to be with her sisters and drink herself to death However, a murder mystery and a handsome policeman begin to restore her Poldi herself is a real Character rather too much so, for my taste Her characterful behaviour became increasingly I expected to enjoy this ratherthan I did It s not bad, but it could have done with a good dealfocus and a good deal less background and self conscious quirkiness.Aunti Poldi is a Bavarian woman who, at the age of about 60, moves back to Sicily to be with her sisters and drink herself to death However, a murder mystery and a handsome policeman begin to restore her Poldi herself is a real Character rather too much so, for my taste Her characterful behaviour became increasingly implausible and eventually rather annoying at times Also, the story is slow This isn t necessarily a problem, but I found the long digressions into Sicilian culture, customs, geology, history and so on got in the way quite badly I could really have done without several pages on the history of Sicilian sulphur mining, for example When the plot finally comes to a head the climax is ridiculous, with a hopelessly implausible Cornered Killer Climax From Which She Only Narrowly Escapes I do realise that this isn t supposed to be particularly realistic, but even making generous allowances for this, it was pretty silly.It s not a bad book and has it s moments of humour some of the characters are rather well drawn and we do get a strong sense of place, even if it s overdone at times However, I found it a bit of a slog and can only give it a rather lukewarm recommendation This is the start of a series, but it s not a series I ll be rushing to read., I m afraid I received an ARC via Netgalley When the outgoing, fun loving, wine guzzling Auntie Poldi relocates from her native Bavaria to her late husband s ancestral home of Sicily, one couldn t imagineof a fish out of water Wearing bright clothes, telling smutty stories, drinking to excess, Auntie Poldi stands in stark contrast to her loyal Sicilian in laws Poldi s late husband s three sisters, a Bavarian born nephew and her brother in law, Uncle Martino Auntie Poldi a.k.a Isolde Oberreider had every intention of drinking h When the outgoing, fun loving, wine guzzling Auntie Poldi relocates from her native Bavaria to her late husband s ancestral home of Sicily, one couldn t imagineof a fish out of water Wearing bright clothes, telling smutty stories, drinking to excess, Auntie Poldi stands in stark contrast to her loyal Sicilian in laws Poldi s late husband s three sisters, a Bavarian born nephew and her brother in law, Uncle Martino Auntie Poldi a.k.a Isolde Oberreider had every intention of drinking herself to death in the sun and warmth of Torre Archirafi, the village where she settles But a chance encounter changes all of that.Poldi s handyman, 19 year old Valentino Candela, goes missing And, as a fluke, Auntie Poldi begins to investigate The mystery eases Poldi s depression, and Auntie Poldi s loyal family Aunts Teresa, Caterina and Luisa, and Teresa s devoted husband Uncle Martino, plus the nephew who recounts the tale join Poldi in solvingthan one mystery Like Poldi s relatives, author Mario Giordano is himself born in Munich but the son of Italian immigrants, andAuntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions was originally published in German Giordano has crafted a joyous novel, full of fun, laughs and insights I enjoyed this novel so much that I can t wait to start on the sequel, Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna.Narrator Matt Addis brings the perfect touch to the Audible edition of this book Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for providing an e galley of Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano in exchange for an honest review 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 poli Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for providing an e galley of Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano in exchange for an honest review 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 A murder mystery that is a cross between Beautiful Ruins and the cozy mystery genre It s throughly a murder mystery but I wouldn t put it in the subgenre of cozy mystery.I ve really been enjoying the books being published this year that feature older characters who prove that they may be old but they are far from dead or useless Auntie Poldi isn t actually that old Only 60 Feisty enough to be a big nuisance to the local detective unlucky enough to catch the case A distinct personality and a A murder mystery that is a cross between Beautiful Ruins and the cozy mystery genre It s throughly a murder mystery but I wouldn t put it in the subgenre of cozy mystery.I ve really been enjoying the books being published this year that feature older characters who prove that they may be old but they are far from dead or useless Auntie Poldi isn t actually that old Only 60 Feisty enough to be a big nuisance to the local detective unlucky enough to catch the case A distinct personality and a force of will to go with it Auntie Poldi will not bore you The choice of narrator was an interesting one The nephew tells the tale as presumably told to him by his aunt He s a wannabe writer who can t get started with his first project This gives him interesting qualification as the narrator What s funny about it is that he isn t afraid to go places in his imagining of the scenes that make up the story Including ones where things get a wee bit racy Enjoyable Excellent if you want a crime novel with a bit less gore and depravity Sometimes you need a break and a palate cleanser Recommended for fans of crime novels The setting was a bonus perk for me Thank you to the publisher for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review Coincidentally, I too am an aunt Obviously must read Well, let s address the elephant in the room Despite our shared aunt hood, I am nothing like Auntie Poldi.But gosh darn it, I kind of want to be She just rocket launched onto my favorite characters list I m obsessed Where to begin with this gem of a book I m a little hazy on the exact definition of a cozy mystery but I think this counts as one It is a lovely setting The author conveys life in Sicily through quirky characters, beauti Coincidentally, I too am an aunt Obviously must read Well, let s address the elephant in the room Despite our shared aunt hood, I am nothing like Auntie Poldi.But gosh darn it, I kind of want to be She just rocket launched onto my favorite characters list I m obsessed Where to begin with this gem of a book I m a little hazy on the exact definition of a cozy mystery but I think this counts as one It is a lovely setting The author conveys life in Sicily through quirky characters, beautiful descriptions, and odd jokes The seaside town and the eccentric people who populate it make for a fun, endearing location Then there is the narrator of the piece, Auntie Poldi s nephew He s a failed writer who pops in every now and then to make sure she doesn t drink herself to death He does not take a main role far from it, he is always away when any action goes down But his dramatic descriptions, random interjections, and overall attitude really add another dimension I credit him for the reason this book achieves five stars But of course, the real star of the story is Auntie Poldi herself This is a rather light hearted novel and yet it deals with surprisingly heavy topics via the main character Auntie Poldi wants to drink herself to death She is a severely depressed woman who lives off a pittance and longs for death She experiences setbacks regularly But she also is a loved woman Her ex in laws watch out for her They drop everything to come to her aid and endlessly discuss her love life The people in the village accept her She is nosy without being annoying a woman with a past that adds humor and pizzazz without detracting from the present Her random celebrity connections are funny She is an intriguing, vivacious, depressed, over the top 60 year old woman And it is hard to not love her Think Agatha Raisin meets Phryne Fisher But then add a host of relatives, alcoholism, and random tangents involving deaths and or cyclops It just works There are some fade to black scenes I did not super love but surprisingly didn t mind as much as I would expect The murderer is somewhat predictable ButI m not sure you read this for the murder or the romance Oh, I suppose you do It is, after all, a murder mystery But there ishere There are genuinely brilliant quotes and funny scenes and great characterizations I look forward toin this series Auntie Poldi is an eccentric, Bavarian lady who always wears a wig, enjoys photographing traffic controllers and fully intends to retire to Sicily in order to drink herself to death Her nephew, who is currently writing a book, spends much of his time visiting and narrates much of the story Poldi s nephew is not the only person that she has helping out though and much is made of how everyone who comes in contact with Poldi wants to help her This includes a handsome young man names Valentino Auntie Poldi is an eccentric, Bavarian lady who always wears a wig, enjoys photographing traffic controllers and fully intends to retire to Sicily in order to drink herself to death Her nephew, who is currently writing a book, spends much of his time visiting and narrates much of the story Poldi s nephew is not the only person that she has helping out though and much is made of how everyone who comes in contact with Poldi wants to help her This includes a handsome young man names Valentino Candela, who does odd jobs for her before disappearing Although she has quite tenuous links to Valentino, Poldi seems to be the only person concerned about his whereabouts and sets off on a crusade to discover his whereabouts.This is a gentle mystery, where the plot revolves around the characters and the place For me, one of the real weaknesses of the story was that you know little about Valentino, although we learnabout it as the novel progresses However, Poldi s concern seems a little too much like a plot device, rather than genuine concern, and much is made of her father, Georg Oberreiter, having been a Detective Chief Inspector Saying that, this is obviously the first in a series and so we are being introduced to the characters There are Poldi s supportive sisters in law, her neighbours, the beautiful young Valerie Raisi di Belfiore and the handsome Vito Montana, who is heading the investigation and is going to receive Poldi s investigative input, whether he likes it or not This plot has a lot of twists, some good characters and a likeable central character Despite the fact that Poldi is often threatened, you do not really feel that she is ever seriously in danger This is a comfortable, cosy mystery I enjoyed it enough that I would try the next in the series, but it took me some time to get into the book Rated 3.5 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 QuestionsSoon 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 PoisedThis Masterly Treat Times Literary Supplement Will Transport You To The Rocky Shores Of Torre Archirafi, To A Sicily Full Of Quirky Characters, Scorching Days, And Velvety Nights, Alongside A Protagonist Who S As Fiery As The Sicilian Sun


About the Author: Mario Giordano

MARIO GIORDANO, the son of Italian immigrants, was born in Munich He is the author of 1,000 Feelings for Which There Are No Names he has also written thrillers, books for children, and screenplays Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions is his first novel translated into English He lives in Cologne Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.


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