Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored, by Philippe Georget (2013)

Genre: Mystery
Interest Level: Adult
Summertime All the Cats Are BoredWhat a great summer read this was! A translation of the French novel L’été tous les chats s’ennuient, originally published in 2009, this mystery is set in the south of France, on the shores of the Mediterranean near the border with Spain. Detective Gilles Sebag deeply loves his family, having sacrificed his career prospects by choosing to make them his priority. But this summer, they are pulling away – his children are spending their vacation with friends, and his wife has opted for a solo cruise during her extra month of holidays. Meanwhile, Sebag is pulled into a mystery when a kidnapper focuses his attention on him over all the other investigators. A young Dutch woman disappears, another is murdered, and a third escapes an attack. Are they connected? Sebag and his colleagues are drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse as the kidnapper slowly teases them with clues and diversions. Georget explores the French Mediterranean countryside and its delightful characters with the tolerant affection of a long-time lover. The novel is exquisitely translated by Steve Rendall, who captures the novelist’s descriptive language perfectly, and evokes a sense of rhythm and slang that still adds to the landscape for the reader. Sebag’s personal struggles are slowly revealed as he battles wits with an unknown opponent. A few typos and editing errors detract slightly from the experience, but this is a terrific debut novel. I look forward to more.
More discussion and reviews of this novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16101225-summertime-all-the-cats-are-bored

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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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