Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano


After the death of her husband Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily to grieve and relax. But those plans are interrupted with the disappearance and death of her handyman.


– 1st Book in the Auntie Poldi series

– Cozy mystery

– Beautiful setting

– Slow read

– Book in translation

– Strong older female main character



Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions started off very slowly for me. It took me a few chapters to get into it and I struggled a bit with the narration. But once I got used to it, it became a really fun book and there were parts I really enjoyed. Though I did find the Italian words thrown in throughout to be confusing and I never really did get used to that.

I loved the wide range of eccentric characters and Auntie Poldi’s relationship to them. Auntie Poldi being the most eccentric character. She goes through a wide range of emotions, from grief and depression to being feisty and strong willed. I also loved the minor characters Death and Inspector Chance.

The plot was a little slower moving than I was expecting, even for a cozy mystery. But the ending and the erupting volcano saved it for me.

I felt like the best part of the book was the setting. The descriptions of Sicily were gorgeous. I may never go to Sicily but I feel like I know exactly what it looks like.

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