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Death in Avignon

(Penelope Kite #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  350 ratings  ·  61 reviews

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 t

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Orion
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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
Anne Straub
I love the setting and protagonist of this cozy. I had trouble keeping track of who was who in the mystery this time. Why name characters Clemence and Claudine?
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a delicious slice of armchair travel – I have never personally been to Provence, but I think my new life goal might be to get there. Serena Kent’s British heroine, Penelope Kite, has started over in Provence after a divorce and seeing her children out of the nest. She’s rehabbed a gorgeous old stone farmhouse (I’m assuming it’s gorgeous, because, by the sound of the book, everything in Provence is gorgeous). She lives a pleasant life walking into the village for croissants, eating lots ...more
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
Patricia Sands
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After murder and mayhem the previous year (Death in Provence), Penelope Kite is finally feeling settled in her new life in the charming Provençal village of St Merlot. Renovations on her stone farmhouse are almost complete. Family is coming to visit. And there is that dinner date with the dashing and devastatingly attractive mayor, Laurent Millais. Their previous attempts to have time alone were foiled by unexpected events. This time, a pre-dinner visit to an art exhibit in Avignon ends when an ...more
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed the glimpse of places I have visited in Provence. I was not interested in all the women's clothing details nor did the charcter of the protagonist go very deep. A quick read for me. The fist book in this series was not as well written. ...more
Dianne Landry
Another thoroughly enjoyable book. Makes me want to visit Provence.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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,
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
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penelope Kite is a bit over 50, has divorced her husband, raised her step children, and moved to Provence where she becomes involved in murders. Penny is attracted to the mayor of St. Merlot, Laurent Millais, he has invited her to attend an opening at a local art gallery. One of the exhibitors, a loud, brash, not very good artist, flamboyant ‘Don’ Doncaster, collapses and later dies in hospital.

The rest of the mystery revolves around potential love interests and their viability, finding the mur
Suspense Magazine
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beauty of France nearly steals the show in this one as the writer vividly describes the location where her lead character experiences a mystery of monumental proportions.

Penelope Kite had what most would call a tumultuous summer. Grateful to be settling down in Provence and getting used to her new life, Penelope is basically in love with her daily routine. Who wouldn’t be? After all, we’re talking about lovely evenings, amazing weather, new friends with new stories to tell, and so much more.
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
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read lots of mysteries - usually British contemporary or Golden Age- but I also enjoy a good cozy and this one is a delight.
First in the series is Death in Provence that I made the mistake(the phony French accents are dreadful and often indecipherable) of listening to. It almost put me off the series but I liked the setting and characters so I read Death In Avignon and I'm so glad I did.
Penelope is an recent British expat whose hefty divorce settlement has enabled her to fulfill her dream of b
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the second in the Penelope Kite Mystery series. Penny has settled into her new life in Provence making friends, including the handsome Mayor of St. Merlot. She and the mayor attend a gallery opening as a prelude to sharing dinner. However, their plans are thwarted when one of the artists dies.

Penny is drawn to help solve the murder even though she has more than enough to keep her busy with the renovations on her new home with its leaky windows, ancient bathroom, etc., and her love/hate r
Kathleen Gray
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penelope thinks she's going to have a lovely dinner with the dreamy Laurent, Mayor of St Merlot but that plan is foiled when Don, an artist, chokes to death on an almond stuffed olive at an exhibit in Avignon. Sort of a cozy set in Provence (sigh), this features a mature amateur in Penelope, except she's not really an amateur because she worked in forensics back in the UK. Of course, there are any number of reasons why someone might have poisoned Don and Penelope eventually finds the truth. Alon ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-england
Retired English divorcee Penelope is settling into her Provencal cottage and crushing on the handsome local mayor. Once again their plans for a dinner a deux are thwarted when an obnoxious artist passes out at the art exhibit where they've stopped. When the artist dies, the police suspect poisoning. This brings the ever-snoopy Penelope into the local art community, where she unwittingly insults both her new French bestie and the mayor himself. She must call her English friend Frankie, a woman wi ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don Doncaster, an overrated English artist, dies after being taken ill at an exhibition in France of his and other artists work, all represented by the same agent. I enjoyed the Englishwoman abroad aspect and the travelogue nature of the places in Provence, most of which I have visited. The story itself was a fairly standard Miss Marple type of adventure, where the central character, Penelope Kite, can't help herself but to get involved in a murder investigation and appear to be a few steps ahea ...more
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
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.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful murder mystery from the pen of Serena Kent. In her previous book, Death in Provence, we met Penelope Kite, a ex-pat from Surrey and une femme très sympathique. In this, the second book, she goes from strength to strength. Her sleuthing is even cleverer and her charm no less enticing. She is ten times any Miss Marple – so warm, so easy to be with. I love these books.

As always though, it is tightly written, well-crafted and deviously plotted – thoroughly entertaining. A great rea
Jo Macleod
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a Xmas present and I worried I wouldn't enjoy the book at first as it was the second in the series (and I'd not read the first), however the descriptions by the author brought me up to speed quickly and there was no need to read the first! Although having now read this, I want to read the first!

I enjoyed the amateur defectiveness of this book and the setting - having been to the South of France on a number of occasions it was nice to picture where this book is set. There is some rather
Liz V.
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ex-pat Penelope Kite attends an art exhibition for four local artists. One, another British ex-pat, is singularly untalented but his paintings sell--better than some more talented artists. His collapse at the exhibition is thought initially to be from a heart attack but, after his death, something more sinister is rumored. Penelope, curious and possibly holding a key piece of evidence, is drawn into the investigation.

A library pick and, unfortunately, the second in a series. I think this might h
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed the mystery in this book. It turned out to be just the right amount of complexity so that the reader did not immediately solve it. However, I was very disappointed in the portrayal of all of the secondary characters except Penny’s English friend, Frankie. These characters, including Penny’s family, were thoroughly unlikeable. I will not be rushing to read the next book which is unfortunate because the premise of the series is really very good.
Janis H.
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penelope Kite, an Englishwoman living in Provence, stumbles into yet another mystery. Murders, art, icons, Russians. I like the cast of characters who continue to become more full in this second book. The descriptions of Provence, the bread, and Penelope's house are entertaining and interesting to me. Her continued "almost" dinner with Laurent. The mystery of Clemence's husband. Who is he?? I'll read the next book. I would give it 3.5 stars but am starting to round up instead of down now. ...more
Cath Hughes
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Warning - best read whilst on holiday abroad. Can cause depression when read at home!!!! Reading about all her lovely meals out and glasses of bubbly and wine, I became so jealous that I had to search our fridge and found crackers, olives and cheddar cheese!!

Like reading the Agatha Raisin books but with sunshine!
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The city of Avignon serves as the backdrop for this second delightful Penelope Kite novel. This time, the British ex-pat tries to solve a murder that rocks the Avignon art community. Perfect for cozy mystery fans, the plot is intriguing and well-constructed. The descriptions of Provence and Penelope’s meals alone will make readers yearn for their own adventures in Provence!
Lisa Wisniewski
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love murder mysteries and, given the current times we live in, appreciate a little escape. This book was the perfect combination of spending time in Provence and solving a string of deaths among a group of artists represented by the same gallery. I won’t spoil anything for you but will say that I suspect the French will not be giving the three cheek kiss as a greeting, at least for while.
J. Brendan
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sunny and light mystery set in France with the second outing for British divorce and middle-aged pensioner Penelope Kite. As with the first in the series, this one evokes the place so well it's a bit of a mini vacation and the cast of characters is clear and specific. A very enjoyable pandemic vacation. ...more
Roy Farchmin
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming is the best word to describe these Penelope Kite mysteries. Again, we are guided through the Luberon region of Provence. In my opinion, as a fan of southern France, the plot is secondary to the vivid descriptions of the area and its attractions.
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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.

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