Death in Provence

Death in Provence

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"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 Provence 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 enviously 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 her new neighbors in St. Merlot believe"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2019
ISBN: 9780062869852
Branch Call Number: Mystery Kent
Characteristics: pages cm


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Apr 23, 2020

I enjoyed the setting and descriptions but the story was somewhat lacking.

Apr 18, 2020

As a Francophile, a new mystery series set in Provence seemed like a perfect match for me. I liked Penelope, but found the story quite convoluted. Mild recommendation. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Nov 20, 2019

Enjoyed this light mystery having been to the area.
Made me crave all of the good food the French have.
Slow to get to the solution but will read the next novel in the new series.

Sep 24, 2019

Boring book, dull main character, and a one-star rating! Penelope Kite is overwhelmingly childish and immature for a woman of 50, especially with her overuse of such trite expressions as "Holy guacamole," "Holy mackerel," and "Hell's bells." I forced myself to finish the book. What a waste of my time! Will not be reading any more of the Serena Kent series!


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