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.
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions is an entertaining, fun-filled book featuring eccentric characters and a wonderful backdrop, worldly location of Sicily. I think I just might have found myself a new cozy mystery series that I can get behind and enjoy. Poldi is great. Commissario Montana may have been the one with the title but it was Poldi that ran the show and called all of the shots. This is what I loved about her the best is that she was not afraid to speak her mind or act like a mentally, crazy person in public. In addition, to the fact that Poldi is very smart. It appears that Poldi will not be sitting anytime soon watching the sunset and waiting to die. She has cases to solve and a possible romance forming with Commissario Montana. I look forward to seeing the next grand adventure that Poldi finds herself in the middle of solving.