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24 August 2018

Death in Provence by Sarah Kent

Death in Provence by Sarah Kent was an absolute delight to read. The perfect cosy mystery for a sunny day, best read with a glass of ice cold rosé. This book surprised me a little, and reading it made for a splendid summer's day.

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When Penelope Kite swaps her humdrum life in Surrey for a picturesque farmhouse in the south of France, she imagines a simple life of long lunches and chilled rosé... What she doesn't imagine is the dead body floating in her swimming pool.

Convinced that the victim suffered more than a drunken accident, Penelope plunges headlong into local intrigue and long-simmering resentments to uncover the truth.

But with a meddling estate agent, an unfriendly Chief of Police, a suspiciously charming Mayor, and the endless temptation of that second pain au chocolat, life in the delightful village of St Merlot is certainly never simple...

Curl up and escape to the sunshine of Provence with this deliciously entertaining mystery!

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5 Words: Mystery, family, secrets, community, Provence.

This book was such fun to read - as much as there is a murder mystery kicking the story off and lurking in the background until the end, the writing is lush with tiny details that had me fully immersed in the setting.

Reading this book I craved flaky pastrie and apricot jam and olives and crusty bread and rosé wine. I could feel the sun on my skin, feel the slight panic brought on by the drone of a wasp, feel the warm breeze on my skin.

I liked that Penelope was a little bit cynical. It fit so well with her character, with her past. I loved her griping about her family, her bitterness towards her husband, her love for her friends. And I loved the way she glugs wine like there's no tomorrow

For all that Death in Provence is a cosy mystery, it's definitely the perfect summer read. The writing is rich and evocative, truly beautiful. And I can't wait to read more from this author.


  1. I want to read this. Looks good.

  2. Thanks for the great review - so glad you enjoyed it. We have just finished first draft of sequel, and I am glad to say we are still talking! rgds Robert


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