Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

June 13, 2018

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano  

 

Auntie Poldi, half Bavarian and half Sicilian, has chosen to retire, after a long and fruitful career in Germany, to Sicily. Lest retired life get too comfortable, she stumbles upon the dead body of her handyman, an early 20's local boy who has been shot. As the police strive to solve his murder, Poldi can't seem to keep out of it, talking with people and ferreting out clues. Initially a suspect herself, Poldi falls for the handsome inspector sent to interview her. In the end, Poldi is nearly killed herself as she is trying to ferret out the truth, but the information she gleans is crucial to solving the crime.

 

As a cozy mystery lover, and a lover of books set in Italy, as well as a fan of most of the books Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy recommends (this is on her summer reading list), I had high hopes for this one. As a novel featuring a quirky, lovable character set in Italy (with all the loveliness that brings) this was a decent book. I didn't particularly love the narration point from the viewpoint of the story being told to her nephew, but sometimes third person omniscinent, but sometimes the nephew making assumptions- it was a little disjointed. As a murder mystery, I was a little disappointed. I love that most murder mysteries are page turners, and I love trying to solve the mystery myself before the end of the book, but I didn't found this book to be very easy to set down and walk away from, and there aren't really any clues scattered throughout the book for you to try to piece together on your own. When Auntie Poldi makes her discoveries, you are completely surprised, which is fun, but I would have preferred figuring some of it out myself. Overall, meh, but set in Italy, which I do love... 

 

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