Set amidst the gorgeous backdrop of Provence, Serena Kent’s second book in the deliciously entertaining Penelope Kite series finds the amateur sleuth romantically linked with the mayor of St. Merlot and dashing to solve the murder of an expat artist—perfect for fans of Peter Mayle and Agatha Christie.
After an eventful first few months in Provence, it seems Penelope is finally settling into her delightful new life, complete with a gorgeous love interest in the mayor of St. Merlot.
When Penelope and the mayor attend a glamorous gallery opening, Penelope’s biggest worry is embarrassing herself in front of her date. But the evening takes a horrifying turn when a controversial expat painter, Roland Doncaster, chokes to death.
A tragic accident? Or a malicious plot? Reluctantly drawn into the murder investigation, Penelope discovers that any number of jealous lovers and scheming rivals could be involved. And with dashing art dealers to charm, patisseries to resist, and her own friends under suspicion, Penelope will need to draw upon all her sleuthing talents to uncover the truth.
Set against the stunning vistas of Provence, Serena Kent returns with the second installment of her charming mystery series featuring the unflappable Penelope Kite.
The death of an English painter of dubious artistic talent but prodigious skill as a womanizer after a gallery opening in Avignon, France, propels Kent's outstanding sequel to 2019's Death in Provence. English expat Penelope Kite, an early retiree from a job assisting a prominent Home Office medical examiner, gets involved in what turns into a murder inquiry. Two more homicides shake the art scene around Avignon and Nice. Providing counterpoint to the violence is the sweetness of Kite's growing connections to the locals, including her estate agent friend, Cl mence Valencourt, an impeccable embodiment of Parisian femininity; "the knee-tremblingly handsome and charming" mayor of St. Merlot, Laurent Millais; and a group of local musicians who welcome her cello-playing skills. Kent, a pseudonymous husband-and-wife writing team, creates an appealing community for this winning stranger in a strange land, replete with amusing touches like a traditional English Sunday lunch for Penelope's new French friends. Armchair travelers will be well satisfied.