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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian lions
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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 and, after some initial misunderstandings, they form an investigative - and romantic - partnership. Warm, witty and delightful, Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions delivers a lovable protagonist in a vivid setting.
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*Starred Review* As types of amateur sleuths go, the category of lusty Bavarian widow has been woefully underrepresented until now. Meet Isolde Poldi Oberreiter, who has recently moved from Germany to her late husband's hometown in Sicily, planning to drink herself to death and join him in the afterlife. But things keep getting in the way: a murder, a handsome police officer, and a visit from Poldi's author nephew. A woman of a certain age, Poldi is a larger-than-life personality with the extravagant hair and décolletage to match. Her story is told from the perspective of her incredulous nephew, a man fascinated by his aunt's exploits but eager for her to wear a better-fitting robe. The action is set in the present, but author Giordano adds to the comic effect by employing lengthy Victorian chapter titles that preview the action, e.g., When she's sober again she makes an unpleasant discovery and dials the wrong number. Fans of international mysteries or just those who fantasize about good wine and languorous meals on the Italian coast will devour this mystery debut. The son of Italian immigrants, Giordano has previously written general fiction, YA fiction, and screenplays. Let's hope he sticks with Poldi for quite a while.--Keefe, Karen Copyright 2018 Booklist
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