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Auntie Poldi, sassy, brassy, and 60, moves to Sicily for a quiet alcohol-fuelled retirement. A murder spoils her plans.

This is the first novel in a charming new mystery series set in Sicily and laced with Italian sensuality and humor. It features an amateur sleuth, the sassy and foul-mouthed Auntie Poldi. Recently widowed Poldi moves to Sicily in order to quietly drink herself to death with a sea view, but fate intervenes. When she finds the corpse of a young man on the beach, his face blown off with a sawn-off shotgun, she becomes a potential suspect in his murder case.

Poldi soon falls for the gorgeous Commissario Montana who has been assigned to lead the case. They form an investigative - and romantic - partnership. The delightful details of this romance, and the extreme awkwardness of Poldi's retelling it to her mortified nephew, are some of the novel's many high points.

Sicily, a vivid backdrop, is an island of people obsessed with food. They talk passionately about which remote village produces the best olives, pistachio ice cream, oyster mushrooms, mandarins, and marzipan, and about which restaurant serves the best pasta al nero di sepia or canolli a la crema di ricotta. And there is never a direct reference to the mafia ("an invention of those fascists in the North"), even when confronted with murders committed with sawn-off shotguns.

©2015 Bastei Lubbe AG, Koln; Translation: 2016 John Brownjohn (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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  • Lynn
  • Detroit, MI, USA
  • 04-01-18

Auntie Poldi Rocks!

Would you consider the audio edition of Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions to be better than the print version?

The narrator did an excellent job. I enjoyed the audio version because the pronunciation of the different languages and accents was on point.

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It was a fun, smart and and sweet murder mystery, great for spring break listening. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I cannot wait for the other books in this series to be translated into English.

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We must have more!

More books please, fun and a good story, hope there are many in this series

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Very cute story with a little mystery and drama

Loved the relationship between aunt and nephew. Reminded me of my own family. Loved how Poldi does her own thing.

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  • John S.
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 04-21-18

Did Not Finish

After awhile I felt I wasn't getting into this one, but decided to soldier on. At around 2/3, I fell asleep finding the book at the end when I awoke. I just didn't care enough to go back and listen - moving on. The gimmick of the narrator nephew was okay, but I think one has to be "Bavarian" (NOT just German) to appreciate it Poldi and her background.