Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (Paperback)

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By Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translator)
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Staff Reviews

Meet Poldi, a 50-year old German widow who has moved to Sicily to drink herself to death. But fate intervenes, and when Poldi's handyman turns up dead, she has a mystery to solve. In what appears to be the first book in a series about this unlikely but likeable amateur sleuth, Poldi's nephew, a would-be novelist, narrates the details of the case as described to him by his hard drinking sexy aunt. It's a delightful romp, with Poldi enlisting her relatives and neighbors in her attempt to solve the mystery before the handsome Inspector Montana (with whom she is having an on-again-off-again fling) can find the murderer. With quirky characters and redolent with Sicilian flavors, this is an entertaining novel that's much more than a simple mystery story. Translated from the Italian. Recommended. 

— Alice

March 2018 Indie Next List

“Introducing Auntie Poldi, a sixtyish amateur sleuth who stars as the heroine of Giordano's new series of delicious mysteries. She's sexy, outrageous, can't mind her own business, and has just retired to Sicily, where she intends to lay about and drink good wine for the rest of her days on the world's most fabulous island. Of course, things are soon stirred up by the murder of her hot young handyman, and Poldi becomes deeply involved. Great characters, fun plot, Italian charm - and what could be better reading for the chilly months than a novel set in sun-soaked Sicily? Don't miss what the Times Literary Supplement calls 'a masterful treat.'”
— Lisa Howorth, Square Books, Oxford, MS

Summer 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List

“What a delicious treat! Auntie Poldi is a lascivious, boozy woman of a certain age who readers will follow anywhere, but especially into sun-soaked Sicily. She has a thing for handsome Italian cops and afternoon gin and tonics, and manages to solve the occasional murder along the way. Mario Giordano’s gorgeous, literary prose offers all the escapist pleasure of a novel like Beautiful Ruins, with an added bonus—there’s a sequel coming!”
— Amy Stewart, Eureka Books, Eureka, CA


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.

Mario Giordano, the son of Italian immigrants, was born in Munich in 1963 and studied psychology at the University of Dusseldorf. He writes novels, books for adolescents, and screenplays. He lives in Cologne. Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lionsis his first mystery novel.

About the Author

Mario Giordano: Mario Giordano, the son of Italian immigrants, was born in Munich in 1963 and studied psychology at the University of Dusseldorf. He writes novels, books for adolescents, and screenplays. He lives in Cologne. Auntie Poldi is his first mystery novel. John Brownjohn: John Brownjohn lives in Dorset in the UK. His work has won him critical acclaim and numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Schlegel-Tieck Prize (three times), the US Pen, and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize for Marcel Beyer's The Karnau Tapes amd Thomas Brussig's Heroes Like Us.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781908524690
ISBN-10: 1908524693
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English