Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna by Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translation)

Auntie Poldi is still having her hot affair with the policeman she met on her last murder case.  She's not supposed to interfere but she likes working for him and can ask questions he can't.  When she goes to a winery's party, she's attracted to the owner.  When he leaves her and says he will back soon, she drinks more than she should.  She awakens in his bed with him sleeping on the other side.  She blacked out, so she doesn't know what happened.  The worst part is that when she's sneaking out, she goes through the grape fields and finds a dead body...

HMH sent me an ARC to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 5th.

The dead woman was a fortune teller.  She was supposed to be meeting with Poldi later but now that would never happen.  She finds there was another murder in the area.  She starts looking for connections, asks a lot of questions and snoops everywhere.  

Her detective tells her to stop, she doesn't listen.  The more she finds out, the more danger she's in.  This time the Mafia seems to be involved.  Just as she's getting close to the truth, her detective tells her he's marrying someone else and will be moving.  She shuts down for a few days and her heart hurts but she carries on.

She finally gets recruited by the police to be part of the investigation and does help solve the case.  She's got as many morals as an alley cat, doesn't fear much, and will wander into trouble instantly but she's also smart and uses her brains...

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