When her friend Valentino disappears, and then turns up dead, Auntie Poldi swears to find out what happened to him. Against the wishes of her family, some very suspicious local businessmen, and a handsome detective, Poldi gets 100% stuck into the case. After all, it’s in her blood.
I was looking for something like The No1 Ladies Detective Agency when I chose this book: a kooky, funny crime novel, with an unlikely and unqualified female protagonist. However, although it wasn’t a million light years away, it simply didn’t quite match up. Auntie Poldi was indeed kooky and there were some amusing parts, but there were chunks of book made up of things almost totally irrelevant to the story that were, quite frankly, boring to read.
The narrative angle was interesting, because the story is told from the point of view of Poldi’s nephew, who has absolutely no involvement in the plot. This was quite well done, but it was sort of weird having the story told by a character (rather than just a narrator) who wasn’t even an active part of the story.
On the whole, I did enjoy Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions. It is fun and quite well written. However, parts of it were a bit of a struggle to get through and I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it enough to bother reading any other books from the Tante Poldi series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.