Saturday, January 12, 2019

Death in Provence by Serena Kent

Penelope is a dead body magnet.  She doesn't want to be but she seems to find them wherever she goes...

Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 19th. 

She's divorced now, her children are driving her nuts and her grandchildren aren't disciplined.  She's ready for a new start so she goes to an area she really likes and starts looking for a house.  She finds the perfect one but it needs a lot of work.  She loves the location, the views, and the acreage that goes with it.  So she buys it.  And one of the first days she lives there, she finds a dead body in the pool.

They identify the dead man but she knows it either isn't him or the man she spoke to on her property who said he was him was lying.  She doesn't have the best time here because she's an English woman moving into France and knows no one there.  But she's determined to find out who put him in her pool.

If that wasn't enough, she has someone shooting at her.  And when she hides from that, she finds another dead body.  The original feud was years ago and then the war came and nothing got resolved.  She knows nothing about it but she learns.

There are kind people and some not so kind.  She doesn't like the police chief who doesn't listen to her and tells her to get off the case. But the killer is someone fairly close who I didn't suspect at all.

I found this to be an interesting look at a small community in France with a good mystery woven through it.  I would have loved to see the house she bought...


Deborah Lawrenson said...

Hello! So happy you enjoyed the read. Couldn't help but respond when I read that you'd love to see Penelope's house. There is a Serena Kent Instagram account that gives a peek into Penelope's world, and if you look down the page (8th from the most recent photo) there is a picture of a similar property.
All the best, Deborah (aka Serena Kent)

Jo Ann Hakola said...

Wow! Looks like it would be fun to tour.