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
LOVE IT OR LOATHE IT
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.