Penelope Kite retires to Provence, where she’s just bought her dream home…only when she arrives, she finds a dead body in her pool, a nosy estate agent, a devilishly handsome politician, and a very unhelpful police force. Because no one else is doing things right, Penelope decides to take solving this mystery into her own hands.
This was a cozy mystery set in lush Provence, which is something I thought I’d really enjoy. My experience was mixed, however. Some of it was just my slump/mood as I listened to the audiobook. It was only ten hours long, but it took me almost six weeks to listen to it. I kept getting bored, and that may or may not have been the fault of book. There were times when I really liked all the description and quiet pace, and times when I just wanted the story to get on with it. I loved the ending and how things wrapped up, and I loved that I really got to know so many of the characters over the course of the novel. But at the same time, I’m not sure if I’ll pick up the next book in the series.
(On a completely unrelated note, I was very tickled that the town of Gignac was mentioned several times during this book. I was unable to visit my family namesake town while I was living in France twenty years ago, so I love any time I come across the (very rare) mention of it!)
Performance: This audiobook was read by Antonia Beamish, who did a good job with all the various accents. She also read the French sections perfectly!