Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (An Auntie Poldi Adventure)
By Mario Giordano
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Can’t afford a trip to Sicily? This first novel by Giordano may be the next best thing. On her sixtieth birthday, Isolde Oberreiter (better known to her family and friends as Auntie Poldi) packed up her bags and left Germany to retire in Sicily. Once there, Poldi intended on finding a small place for herself by the sea and slowly drinking herself into an early grave. However, fate and Poldi’s family had other plans in store for her. Soon Poldi finds herself immersed in the doings of her new hometown, and when her handsome young handyman suddenly disappears, Poldi decides if the local polizzi won’t investigate, then she will. After all her grandfather was a famous – relatively – German police detective so Poldi surely has some kind of detective skills in her genetic makeup. Before she really knows what is happening, Poldi finds herself following one lead after another all the while engaging in a dance of slow seduction with the local police inspector assigned to the case.
An appealing and refreshingly older sleuth, lots of local color, dash of bright humor, and a leisurely paced mystery add up to a winner in this fun English language debut for Giordano.
John Charles, ReaderToReader.com
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
(An Auntie Poldi Adventure Book 1)
By: Mario Giordano