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Death in Avignon a Book Review

Murder-Mystery in Provence

Death in Avignon is the second in a series of murder-mysteries by co-author team Serena Kent. After the crazy Murder in Provence introduction to her new village and home, expat Penelope Kite is finally settling into a comfortable rhythm in St Merlot. She continues to improve her French and has even had guests over for meals to her home – Le Chant d’Eau. Until she suddenly finds herself in the middle of the action at an art gallery in Avignon. What appeared at first to be a medical emergency as an artist takes sick at the exhibition, turns deadly. Is it a murder?

Ms. Kite is determined to find out.

Death Avignon Book Review Book Cover

Many of the characters from the first book Murder in Provence (click here for our book review) make their appearance in this second book. Including, the handsome village mayor, allusive estate broker, and Penelope Kite’s larger than life friend Frankie. There are olives, almonds, croissants (bien sûr), artists’ tableaux and even a Russian connection. These elements combined with plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing whodunit. The gruff police chief is back and clear he does not want Ms. Kite’s assistance in this deadly matter. However, with her work experience in forensics, Penelope Kite follows a circuitous trail, uncovering clues towards the potential murderer.

Similar to the first Serene Kent book this one is hard to put down. If you are looking for the perfect beach-read or something for a lazy rainy day, Death in Avignon is the answer.

About the Authors

Serena Kent is the nom-de-plume perfect for a couple who split time between the Luberon in Provence and Kent in the United Kingdom. After work as a journalist, Deborah Lawrenson has published multiple novels including The Art of Falling, The Lantern, The Sea Garden and 300 Days of Sun. Her husband Robert Rees draws upon his career in banking and a passion for music to complement the team.

Book for Mystery Lovers

If you enjoy losing yourself in the pages of a murder-mystery, then Death in Avignon should be on your must-read list. It is possible to read this book as a standalone. However, as most of the characters including the crime-busting star Penelope Kite make their appearance in Serena Kent’s first book Death in Provence it’s recommended to read the books in order. Available on Amazon or simply by clicking the book cover below to order your copy.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride was at six-months old, her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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