This was a fun read, especially for people who have visited Sicily. what a cast o characters inhabit this island.
Fun reading. Very enjoyable characters. Very well written. Brilliant insights that penetrate our existence that we never quite put a finger on, until we see ourselves in Auntie Poldi's mind. The original was translated from German. (I had thought Italian, but I looked it up and it is German.) Can't wait to read more!!!!
I just want to begin with "there is only one Grandma Mazur." I was hoping that Auntie Poldi character would be equal with Evanovich's Stephanie Plums grandmother. Not so much. The characters are fine but the book is written by a nephew of Poldi's and at times is difficult to switch back and forth. It took until the 4th chapter of the book to really get interesting. To be fair as well, the book is originally written in Italian and I just don't know enough about that particular culture. I'd suggest starting at chapter 4... you can always go back and read the first three chapters later!
This mystery is narrated by the nephew of Auntie Poldi, a sixty-year-old retiree from Munich who has decided that Sicily will be ideal for her quiet, alcohol-imbued retirement. However, life changes unexpectedly when her handyman is murdered and our heroine becomes an amateur sleuth. Her meddling ways cause problems for the police officer charged with the investigation. And she also makes a nuisance of herself with the individuals that she suspects of the murder. This mystery flows well and is often quite amusing. A most enjoyable read.
A deliciously comic Bavarian éclair/Sicilian arancino propelled by a whodunit NOT involving the Mafia... Instead of the numbered chapters, the old-fashioned headings give the readers a synopsis of what's to come yet without revealing too much. Expertly translated from German to English. No threat for fans of Camilleri, this is the author's first in a series to come.
What an enjoyable book this is! The character of Auntie Poldi is feisty, smart and her own woman. She makes a wonderful detective -- persistent, creative, brave and a bender/breaker of rules. The Sicilian setting is idyllic, the characters memorable and the plot line ingenious. There is a subtle humour running through this story that consistently delights. It also makes me want to book the next Alitalia flight out to Sicily! Bravo to author Mario Giordano. Cannot wait for the English translations of the other books in this series. Enjoy!
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