Saturday, August 1, 2020

Death in Provence by Serena Kent

Death in Provence
by Sarah Kent
narrated by Antonia Beamish

Published: 2019
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Mystery, France
Hardback: 368
Rating: 5

Penelope Kite Mysteries series:
Death in Provence
Death in Avignon

First sentence(s):
In early spring, everything had been so different.

It’s love at first sight when Penelope Kite sees Le Chant d’Eau—The Song of Water—the stone farmhouse tucked high in the hills above the Luberon valley, complete with a garden, swimming pool, and sweeping mountain vistas. For years, Penelope put her unfaithful ex-husband and her ungrateful stepchildren first. Since taking early retirement from her job in forensics at the Home Office in England, she’s been an unpaid babysitter and chauffeur for her grandchildren. Now, she’s going to start living for herself. Though her dream house needs major renovations, Penelope impulsively buys the property and moves to St. Merlot.

But Penelope’s daydreams of an adventurous life in Provence didn’t include finding a corpse floating face down in her swimming pool. The discovery of the dead man plunges her headlong into a Provençal stew of intrigue and lingering resentments simmering beneath the deceptively sunny village. Having worked in the forensics office, Penelope knows a thing or two about murder investigations. To find answers, she must carefully navigate between her seemingly ubiquitous, supercilious (and enviably chic) estate agent, the disdainful chief of police, and the devilishly handsome mayor—even as she finds herself tempted by all the delicacies the region has to offer. Thank goodness her old friend Frankie is just a flight away... and that Penelope is not quite as naïve as her new neighbors in St. Merlot believe.

My two-bits:

Quite a welcoming party, indeed, for an English Expat lady moving into a small town in Provence. It took awhile to warm up to Penelope as well as the serious bunch of members in this small town community. However, in the end I got caught into caring.


* cute reference to Duran Duran by Frankie character ;-)

* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of Paris in July (here)
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