Auntie Poldi and the lost Madonna

by Giordano, Mario, 1963-

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There's only one Auntie Poldi: bewigged, cursing in Bavarian, and knocking back a wee shot of grappa as a pre-breakfast aperitif . . . or is there? No one is as they seem (and sound) in this hilarious new mystery featuring Sicily's sultriest sleuth.

Strange dealings are afoot in the Apostolic Palace--a nun leapt to her death shortly after participating in a seemingly routine exorcism. But when a priest clad in Gammarelli and a Vatican commissario with an almost unholy level of sex appeal turn up at her door, Poldi is shocked to hear that she's a suspect in their case.

Who is the woman being exorcised, and where has she disappeared to? And why in the world does she claim, in perfect Bavarian, to be Poldi, Isolde Oberreiter, of Torre Archirafi?

Poldi will need all the help she can get to clear her name, but her nephew has been distracted by a love affair gone sour, someone in the town has been spraying graffiti death threats on her front door, and her local friends seem to be avoiding her. And even Vito Montana balks when Poldi discovers that the case hinges on a lost Madonna statue, stolen years ago from the pope himself.

Forza, Poldi! With a pair of mysterious twins dogging her every move and a mandate to maintain sobriety, will Poldi be able to unmask her mysterious doppelgänger, find the lost statue in time, and survive her sixty-first birthday?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Nephew (last seen in Auntie Poldi and the Handsome Antonio, 2020) is again summoned to Poldi's, where he finds a live-in sitar tutor and a newly hatched plan for Donna Poldina's Detective Agency. All told, it's not a bad idea: Poldi has solved three murders since she moved to Sicily a year ago. Business planning, however, is put on the back burner when Poldi is thrust into a dangerous Vatican mystery. A nun has died under suspicious circumstances after attending a bizarre exorcism where the possessed claimed to be Poldi. And, perhaps not coincidentally, the Vatican's treasured Black Madonna has suddenly disappeared. Pursued by a local mobster's thugs and dodging her imaginary friend, Death, Poldi pursues the nun's killer and the Madonna into a trap laid by her oldest nemesis. Poldi's devil-may-care attitude and Nephew's witty, self-deprecating narration are as entertaining as ever, but this series' fourth entry is anchored by Poldi's evolution as she faces both her future and her conflicted past."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Giordano's exceptional fourth Auntie Poldi mystery (after 2020's Auntie Poldi and the Handsome Antonio), 60-year-old Isolde "Poldi" Oberreiter, a Bavarian who has settled in Torre Archirafi, Sicily, sets aside her plan "to drink herself to death in comfort with a view of the sea" to investigate another crime--the death of a nun who fell from the roof of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace following the exorcism of a woman named Rosaria. When the priest asked Rosaria to renounce her demon, she spoke Bavarian German in Poldi's voice. While the plot, which involves the theft of a statue of a Black Madonna, is satisfyingly packed with danger and surprises, it's the digressions on Sicilian history, the Italian mentality, and Poldi's pronouncements on life and sex that provide readers with some laugh-out-loud moments as well as food for thought. Those who appreciate the intelligent silliness of S.J. Perelman will want to see more of the sexy, quick-witted Poldi, who won't take guff from any man, including the pope. (May)"
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Additional Information
Series The Auntie Poldi series
Subjects Tante Poldi -- (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Sicily (Italy) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher Boston :2021
Edition First U.S. edition.
Other Titles Tante Poldi und die Schwarze Madonna.
Contributors Brownjohn, John, translator.
Language English
In English, translated from the German.
Notes "Mariner books."
Translation of: Tante Poldi und die Schwarze Madonna.
Description vi, 339 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9780358251392
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