Serena Kent: Death in Avignon
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 of incredible sounding meals, drinking wine that sounds just as luscious, practicing her cello, and oh yes – she has a flair for detection.