Sunday 26 August 2018

Lazy Sunday in Provence

After a "soft launch" of ebook and audio only, the paperback edition of Death in Provence is out now from Orion in the UK! A blog tour has brought forth a raft of lovely reviews and all's well with the world. In the US, readers have only to wait until February for the Harper hardback and ebook, but I am going to run a giveaway open to all so there's a chance to be an early reader.

In the meantime, here's a introduction to the main character, Penelope Kite in a piece written for The French Village Diaries blog - a Lazy Sunday in France:

Our accidental sleuth Penelope Kite loves Sunday mornings in Provence. Even though she no longer works nine-to-five as assistant to an eminent forensic pathologist, she still savours that delicious Sunday feeling of waking with no pressing need to leave a soft bed when the sun slants through the open shutters. No family to prepare lunch for, no housework, just lovely croissants for breakfast on the sunny terrace of Le Chant d’Eau, her recklessly purchased old farmhouse with views of the Luberon valley.
   Cello practice (what bliss to be able to play again, letting the notes rise into the open air, disturbing no one) is followed by a quick swim in the pool. The pool looks glorious in the walled garden now, with lavender lining the walls and four sentinel cypress trees. Fortunately, there is no dead body floating in it today.
   The sun is already hot as she prepares to go out tat-hunting at a classic Provençal brocante.

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"This was such an entertaining and refreshing read. With eccentric characters and a twisty but, at the same time, hilarious plot, you just need to sit down and enjoy this captivating mystery set in the beautiful South of France."

Review from Book After Book blog.


Marcheline said...

So excited!! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. (I will admit I am trepidatious about one of my favorite authors co-writing with someone else, but maybe the result will be like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups... two great tastes that taste great together!)

I'm also very excited because I've just submitted my novel to the writing competition "PitchWars"... I've submitted to four mentors (who have published books of their own, and have helped others get agents and publishers)... if chosen, I get a mentor who will work with me on my manuscript and help me pitch to agents, and find a publisher! Very excited... but we don't find out if we're chosen until October.

In the meantime, I shall content myself with reading - looking forward to D in P! 8-)

Marcheline said...

Just bought it on Amazon! 8-)

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Excellent, on all scores, Mrs S! Very good luck with the novel, the start of an exciting -and inevitably frustrating - journey. Enjoy it, and take whatever comes with good heart. Thanks for the purchase - hope you enjoy it and find it funny (very British humour). Let me know what you think!

Marcheline said...

I am slap bang in the middle of it, and enjoying the Hélas out of it! *wink* Two things are happening, though:

1. I am having a stronger than usual longing for a bottle of chilled rosé...

2. I am exceedingly irritated at phones ringing, doors being knocked upon, or any sort of interruptions whatsoever (I am only eating things that can be managed with one hand, so as not to have to set the book down).

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Haha, Mrs S! Just the reaction we were hoping for... When I get a chance (working hard on the edits for the sequel) I intend to write a blog post just for you. Watch this space.

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