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Death in Avignon: The perfect summer murder mystery

(Penelope Kite Mysteries #2)

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Glamour, intrigue, and a mystery to die for...

After a tumultuous summer, Penelope Kite has settled into the rhythm of her new life in Provence. Lavender-scented evenings, long lunches with new friends - and an exclusive gallery opening to attend, on the arm of the gorgeous mayor of St Merlot...


But beneath the veneer of glamour, scandal is brewing. Shockwaves ripple thr

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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Orion
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Anjana
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing that I have going for me at this time is that despite picking up books with a similar tone, the contents of the stories and the rich layered backgrounds are making for interesting reading. 

This particular book was no different, in being different that is. The entire book is set in France and the love that the lead protagonist feels for her new life is very vividly described. We meet middle-aged, step-grandmother to young kids Penny Kite. This is the second book of the series but we get
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Lel Budge
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penny has moved to France, for a new life after her divorce….

She has friends, the ‘sharp’ Clemence is chic and glamorous, takes Penny to Museums, Art Galleries and music events……the handsome Mayor, Laurent is a possible romance too and the marvellous Frankie brings some humour…

One evening at an art exhibition, an artist, Roland Galbraith Doncaster ‘Don’, collapses and later dies…..the police investigate this as a suspicious death….Penny had previously investigated a suspicious death (previous bo
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Agi
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it

Penelope Kite enjoys her decision of leaving her old life behind and moving to Provence. However, trouble seems to follow our Penny around and during a very usual art exhibition that she's attending one artist is taken ill. He dies in hospital few days later. But it is only the beginning of further dead bodies, people going missing and smuggled art and Penelope finds herself in the centre of this all. Her old habits outweigh her common sense again and she starts to investigate. In the meantime,
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Alan
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a light, quick murder mystery, perfect for summer – and a nice relief from well-intentioned literary fiction or, frankly, the depressing state of the world right now. I hadn’t read the first in this series, but to be honest I don’t think that matters; there are enough references to it to get the gist of what happened and who the main characters are without necessarily feeling that you are missing out on much.

Penelope Kite has settled into her new life in Provence, having separated from h
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Lel Budge
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Penny has moved to France, for a new life after her divorce….

She has friends, the ‘sharp’ Clemence is chic and glamorous, takes Penny to Museums, Art Galleries and music events……the handsome Mayor, Laurent is a possible romance too and the marvellous Frankie brings some humour…

One evening at an art exhibition, an artist, Roland Galbraith Doncaster ‘Don’, collapses and later dies…..the police investigate this as a suspicious death….Penny had previously investigated a suspicious death (previous bo
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Noemi Proietti
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the first book of the series, Death in Provence, we meet Penelope Kite a woman who leaves England to move to France where she has bought an old farm to renovate. Here she finds herself involved in the investigation of a murder. In this second novel, in true Jessica Fletcher style, Penelope stumbles again in a murder during an art gallery opening when one of the artists is killed right in front of her. Unable to let it go, Penelope starts her own investigation with the help of her former estat ...more
Annarella
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good cosy mystery: it's engrossing, entertaining and you cannot help liking Penelope.
The descriptions of Provence make you crave to be there and those of food are mouthwatering.
The cast of characters is likable and well written, the plot flows flawlessly and it keeps you hooked.
I didn't read the first installment in this series but I hadn't any issue with the plot and the characters.
The mystery was good, no plot hole, and it kept me guessing till the end.
It's a lovely book and I look forw
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Caroline Venables
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Penelope Kite series, it follows Death In Provence. Although part of a series, this is can easily be read as a standalone.

This was a really enjoyable read, as I got immersed into Penelope’s world. The descriptions of Provence are just beautiful, so evocative of the area. This book sees Penelope trying to solve the murder of Roland Doncaster, a painter in Avignon, who chokes on an almond stuffed olive.

I really enjoyed this book, it is well written and very funny.
Fernanda
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the first Penelope Kite book. This is even better. Great humour and extremely well-written for this genre.
Elissa
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Penelope Kite series and it works well as a stand alone. Serena Kent writes such vivid descriptions of Provence I felt as if the book was illustrated. The mystery was well thought out and kept me guessing up until the end.
Penelope is a likable amateur sleuth but most of the secondary characters are a little obnoxious.
Overall, I liked the book and look forward to the next Penelope Kite mystery.
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Serena Kent is the author name of husband-and-wife writing duo, Deborah Lawrenson and Robert Rees. Deborah has previously published eight novels including The Art of Falling, The Lantern, The Sea Garden and 300 Days of Sun.

Other books in the series

Penelope Kite Mysteries (2 books)
  • Death in Provence