Joanne’s Mystery Picks

1473661943AUNTIE POLDI AND THE FRUITS OF THE LORD by Mario Giordano

Still basking in the glory of solving a murder in her first adventure (Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions), Poldi doesn’t hesitate to investigate when her neighbor’s dog turns up dead at the same time as the water to Poldi’s house has suddenly been cut off.  In Poldi’s mind, there’s no doubt that the Mafia are involved.  And that’s only the first conclusion that she jumps to in this hilarious second installment.

Poldi is brash, irreverent, and wickedly funny.  She’s unapologetic about her pursuit of Commissario Vito Montana or when her sleuthing disrupts his investigations.  Poldi is a breath of fresh air and a force to be reckoned with.  A more unusual heroine, you won’t find.

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Joanne gives this “4 daggers out of 5”

Joanne’s Mystery Picks

41589794FALL DOWN DEAD by Stephen Booth

Setting has always been an important aspect of Stephen Booth’s novels.  In his latest Cooper and Fry mystery, it takes centre-stage.  The Peak District in Derbyshire, England, is as majestic and beautiful as it is dangerous.  Even the most seasoned hikers have been known to perish on any one of its mountains.  DI Ben Cooper is called to the scene when a member of a hiking group is killed in a fall .

But something about the position of the body suggests to Cooper that this was no accident.

As Cooper looks into the lives of each of the members of the hiking party, he discovers that many of them had reason to wish this person dead.

Meanwhile DS Diane Fry has been removed from her duties in order to answer questions in an internal investigation. She soon realizes that she’s going to have to do something that she’s not very good at and that’s to ask for help.

Booth delivers a gripping and exciting story with an ending that will surely take everyone by surprise.

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Joanne gives this “4 daggers out of 5”