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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

by Mario Giordano

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano X
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano
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  • Publishes in USA 
    Mar 6, 2018
    352 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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  • Arden A. (Longboat Key, FL)


    Auntie Mame in Sicily!
    Loved this book! Auntie Poldi is a woman of a certain age, reminiscent of an aging flower child, who is headstrong, stubborn, quirky and adventurous, and just a little lustful. Well, maybe not just a little. She shares experiences with her nephew, an aspiring novelist, that one might think twice about if she weren't quite so Auntie Mame-ish. The descriptions of the Sicilians, the geography of Sicily and the food were brought to life. Even though I have never been there, I sensed that if I ever did go, this is how I would find it. And of course, there is a murder to be solved and a handsome detective who just happens to be of a certain age, as well. It is a good story with lots of twists and turns wrapped up in a beautiful, well depicted setting.
  • Laura M. (Norfolk, NE)


    Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
    This was a fun read, not an overly heavy mystery. Auntie Poldi is bold, reckless, and stubborn, which makes her a thoroughly delightful character to follow. It will appeal to fans of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
  • Nancy H. (Lisle, IL)


    Witty, funny, great!
    This fabulous book has a light touch, stellar writing, mystery, love and sex (ahem...among older folks...), and a warm Italian setting. I loved it.
  • Jan B. (Tetonia, ID)


    Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
    Auntie Poldi and the SIcilian Lions by Mario Giordano was a delightful read. It was like listening to to a far-fetched story of a not-so-distant relative by an Uncle who "loved" a good story and who could embellish with ease.

    Auntie Poldi would have been my favored aunt: large, generous, boisterous with her life and agency, and a bit sneaky on the side! She was just settling in to her new home in Sicily, when her handyman seemed to have disappeared. This turns her inner detective on, and her true self emerges as she starts investigating neighbors and odd occurrences, and generally makes herself well known in her small community, finding friends and more! This is a light, enjoyable, and amusing story.
  • Elizabeth K. (Glenshaw, PA)


    Auntie Poldi Sicilian Lions
    This book did not "grab" me right away. Perhaps the translation wasn't perfect. But, once I got past all that, it was a fun light read. Auntie Poldi, a sixty year old Auntie Mame type character, was of Italian ancestry but raised in Germany. After her parents died she sold the family home and moved to Sicily where her sisters lived. She became immersed in the community and involved in a murder that she was determined to solve. Her joy of life shines throughout.
  • Shawna (TX)


    Welcome Auntie Poldi!
    A delightful light mystery set in Sicily centered on Auntie Poldi and her community of family and friends. Easy reading with details of Sicily and food, Poldi's adventures make for an enjoyable afternoon curled up with a book. I did discover my Italian was lacking, and I looked up several phrases. Auntie Poldi will be a welcome newcomer to the genre of cozy mystery detectives.
  • Randi H. (Bronx, NY)


    A fun start to a new series
    Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions is the first in a new series about Auntie Poldi, a German widow who moves to Sicily to live near her sisters-in-law. Very opinionated, she soon finds herself embroiled in the disappearance of her employee Valentino Candela. She enlists the grudging assistance of a local police detective to help her search for Valentino.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Auntie Poldi is a fun character. The descriptions of Sicily and its food added to my pleasure of the book. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys mysteries set in international locations, similar to the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri and Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti books. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
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