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L'été tous les chats s'ennuient

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Mordshitze im Roussillon Inspecteur Gilles Sebag befindet sich in der schönsten Sommerlethargie Bis zwei rätselhafte Vermisstenfälle und eine Leiche ihn aus der Idylle mit seiner Frau Claire reiße. Why did I read this book #1 The title Summertime All the Cats Are Bored Just loved it#2 Related to the title It's late spring and I'm ready for summer#3 The setting The French Riviera near the border with Spain Who wouldn't want to spend the summer there Or a few days reading about crime thereThis book features yet another interesting detective Gilles Sebag and his laconic partner Jacues Molina who work in Perpignan This is part of the old Catalonia so many of the people speak Catalan I spent some time in Barcelona so I really liked this element Back to the detectives They are hoping to do very little work and yet seem as though they are oh so busy They go along in this fashion until a young Dutch woman is kidnapped And the kidnapper begins communicating directly with Sebag At first it appears that the abduction may be related to the violent murder of another young Dutch woman whose body was left on the beach nearby But this book has a number of red herrings Will this be one of themGeorget also creates a subplot revolving around Sebag's wife It looks as though she may be having an affair His two children finish school and go off on holiday to a camp and with a friend His wife goes on a cruise Alone Really I thoroughly enjoyed this book Georget is an evocative writer and I was immediately plunged into summer He also did a nice job of unraveling the mystery Mysteries actually He left a nice series of hints but I wasn't uite sure what was going on until the very end Just the way I like my mysteries I'll be looking for books by Philippe Georget

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N Bald findet Gilles sich in Ermittlungen ungeahnten Ausmaßes wieder Der Inspecteur muss sich nun auch noch mit einem extra eingeflogenen profilneurotischen Kollegen aus Paris rumschlagen Die gemütl. I am pretty sure I was the only bored person in this altogether lackluster book Summertime managed to group together every cliche it could think of and make it slightly worse by having a translator who unwilling to take any artistic license created clunky unnatural sentences Our kidnapper is a poorly drawn Norman Bates without any attempt to give him any uniue ualities The close 3rd person narration for Sebag main character contains the confusing double standard of commenting on how lame and creepy the other male characters are for their one track minds and pathetic mooning over any pretty woman yet then describes every woman he sees in this same light It didn't match the image of the character we're given and instead makes him seem like the strange family friend who makes increasingly inappropriate comments The story itself as stated above is just sorta lame The connections are so threadbare that the reader can't even enjoy the fun of trying to piece together who the killer is through context clues because instead of clues the author provides screamingly blatant plants it served as a decent beach read in that it was mindlessly easy to burn through I have NO idea why Europa translated this and it makes me uestion their taste judgement as I've always blindly bought books by them on the basis that they took on the best of the European Continent's lit

Philippe Georget Æ 5 characters

Ichen Abende mit kühlem Wein am heimischen Pool sind genauso dahin wie die Harmonie mit Claire – und im sommerlich ausgestorbenen Perpignan ist jede Form der Ermittlung einfach nur schweißtreibend. I was drawn to this by the premise of discovering a new police procedural series set in an interesting location Although I liked the characters I didn’t feel the riviera was presented to optimum effect and thought the mysteries pretty cookie cutter in execution Also it was over 100 pages too long


10 thoughts on “L'été tous les chats s'ennuient

  1. says:

    Why did I read this book? #1 The title Summertime All the Cats Are Bored Just loved it#2 Related to the title It's late spring and I'm ready for summer#3 The setting The French Riviera near the border with Spain Who wouldn't want to spend the summer there? Or a few days reading about crime there?This book features yet another interesting detective Gilles Sebag and his laconic partner Jacues Molina who work in Perpignan This is part of the old Catalonia so many of the people speak Catalan I spent some time in Barcelona so I really liked this element Back to the detectives They are hoping to do very little work and yet seem as though they are oh so busy They go along in this fashion until a young Dutch woman is kidnapped And the kidnapper begins communicating directly with Sebag At first it appears that the abduction may be related to the violent murder of another young Dutch woman whose body was left on the beach nearby But this book has a number of red herrings Will this be one of them?Georget also creates a subplot revolving around Sebag's wife It looks as though she may be having an affair His two children finish school and go off on holiday to a camp and with a friend His wife goes on a cruise Alone Really? I thoroughly enjoyed this book Georget is an evocative writer and I was immediately plunged into summer He also did a nice job of unraveling the mystery Mysteries actually He left a nice series of hints but I wasn't uite sure what was going on until the very end Just the way I like my mysteries I'll be looking for books by Philippe Georget


  2. says:

    Subtle is the first word that comes to mind when considering this read Subtle yet effective in building suspense Gillis Sebag is a husband father and police detective in that order His valuing of family over job had harmed his career advancement although that doesn't pose a concern for Sebag A slow starter Sebag finds he will need all his skills and intuitions to solve the kidnapping of a young Dutch woman


  3. says:

    It's not often you read a detective book where the detectives are spending all their time trying NOT to work looking for relaxation really not driven at all Usually the detective is hard bitten with a past that drives him or her to exhaustion before they catch the bad guySo Gilles Sebag bored detective family man parent to teenagers who find him dull is a surprising treat to read about He's Catalan in an unusual setting Perpignan on the French Mediterranean and the environment around him is as much of a character as he and his colleagues areSo so far this all sounds like a slow lolling book filled with middle aged angst but it isn't The mystery develops uickly and despite himself and his doubts of adeuacy Sebag is pulled into a first rate thrillerI truly enjoyed this book from the title to the last page Every character is well drawn and though this is a translation the slightly awkward phrasing makes the CatalanFrench distance acuteMaybe it's because I'm over 50 and feeling my limitations too but every once and awhile I get sick of detectives who are all knowing and street wise and the top of their fields and incapable of self knowledge Muscle men and women They tire me out Whereas Gilles Sebag and I could go into a pub and discuss the finer things in life and I'd love every minute


  4. says:

    I loved this book I took it on vacation to Spain and read it in 2 days It reminded me of when I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series there a few years ago I thought about the book when I couldn't read and looked forward to getting back to it Several people have given summaries so I won't do that I did like the characters the plot and the theme As soon as I finished this book I began one someone had given meThe 12th of Never by James Patterson While I read the first 85 pages uickly it reminds me of the writing advice show don't tell Summertime was showing while The 12th of Never is telling I enjoyed Summertime so much


  5. says:

    I am pretty sure I was the only bored person in this altogether lackluster book Summertime managed to group together every cliche it could think of and make it slightly worse by having a translator who unwilling to take any artistic license created clunky unnatural sentences Our kidnapper is a poorly drawn Norman Bates without any attempt to give him any uniue ualities The close 3rd person narration for Sebag main character contains the confusing double standard of commenting on how lame and creepy the other male characters are for their one track minds and pathetic mooning over any pretty woman yet then describes every woman he sees in this same light It didn't match the image of the character we're given and instead makes him seem like the strange family friend who makes increasingly inappropriate comments The story itself as stated above is just sorta lame The connections are so threadbare that the reader can't even enjoy the fun of trying to piece together who the killer is through context clues because instead of clues the author provides screamingly blatant plants it served as a decent beach read in that it was mindlessly easy to burn through I have NO idea why Europa translated this and it makes me uestion their taste judgement as I've always blindly bought books by them on the basis that they took on the best of the European Continent's lit


  6. says:

    35 A police procedural set in the South of France this has a great title to pick up of an August Bank Holiday Although it doesn't have precisely the setting and atmosphere I imagined the word 'cats' and the faux vintage shades of the cover photo conjuring the idea of meanwhile elsewhere along the coast around the time of And God Created Woman and Bonjour Tristesse stylish and sexy as well as overheated Rather it's 2005 and whilst there's a little flaunting than would go on in similar modern north European crime fiction this simply has the feel of those weeks at work when it's too hot to do anything Langourous sticky can't wait to get home to do nothing This relative lassitude is perhaps the biggest way in which Inspector Gilles Sebag and his Perpignan colleagues differ from the obsessive detectives typical of crime novels who put in as much solitary overtime as is physically possible and then a bit Sebag spent several years part time when his children were young as he loved being at home with them so much his career never regained its former momentum and he's not really bothered about this There are uite a few potentially cloying paragraphs about his family similar to those in Scandinavian thrillers but no doubt readers' response to these differ depending on their own household situation His teenage daughter says he doesn't have anything he particularly wants to do apart from running and loafing around which seems like an entirely fair assessment Apparently there are very few female police detectives in French crime fiction because there are fewer in real life than in Anglo American and Nordic countries I don't have stats that's from a couple of articles Sebag is entirely plausible as a man but in contrast with the standard police procedural template seems to have been created with a number of stereotypically female attributes his detection relies on intuition reading people astutely 'clicks' similar to solving crosswords or subconscious hunches for which one has to find the reasons before they can be presented to superiors he has no wish to be anything other than faithful and it's his wife who's the adventurous one who's always going out and might be having affairs And like a lot of people of whatever sex he can be a clockwatcher at times yes he works some weekends and is often on call but it's obvious he works to live not the other way round This has a surreal realism many perhaps most people are that way at least some of the time yet it feels out of place in crime fiction I found the attitude highly convincing although possibly not the way the press weren't on the police's backs to get on with solving the crimes in uestion I know very little about the French media but in crime series from other countries being dogged by papers and TV to get results is a major part of the plot here it's only on two or three days of the investigation that the media has any kind of pressurising presence Sebag also isn't a lone hero breakthroughs are made by other colleagues as much as by him there are no geniuses plenty of gruntwork some mistakes; and everything takes a while A few GR reviewers have found this frustrating but I liked it as a change from the usual and a realistic one given how things often are in the news The author is a French newsreader perhaps the pace of his first novel reflects the slowness and waiting that often accompanies murder and abduction cases as we hear of them through newsAfter the clunky writing and translation of some Nordic crime writers eg Asa Larsson Anne Holt this was great Delighted by the comparatively good style I've rounded the rating up to 4 stars rather than down to 3 It's not as good as Ian Rankin but it's than decent; the reflective bits never get excessively flowery and they fit the pace and weather beautifully A personal favourite was The birds indifferent to his torment were chirping their eternal hymn to life My only doubts about stylistic uality came from occasional clumsy translationss as if the translator had forgotten some English idioms high risestower blocks was one we could have done with several times and also the continual Americanisms became annoying Europa is a small publisher; no doubt they can't pay an editor to go through replacing terms like 'faucet' and 'sidewalk' for the British market Interesting material about French Catalan almost made up for that however The other big minus was that the crimes themselves are a cliche of fiction victims being attractive female undergraduates and then there's a culprit who toys with the police Those to whom it matters may want to know that there is however no rape in the book I wondered if the young Dutch women are being stereotyped as sexually forthright One has a name Ingrid Raven that sounds Scandinavian and some of her actions recall the 60s 70s sexually liberated and flirtatious stock character 'Ingrid from Sweden' Recently I read some research saying that Dutch teenagers link sex significantly closely with love than do British ones uite contrary to the simplistic idea of what less stigma and better sex education might lead to though having lost my browser history can't now find the referenceWhilst not uite living up to the promise of its intriguing title and featuring a type of crime and criminal that will be over familiar to anyone who's read a dozen or so contemporary procedurals Summertime All the Cats Are Bored was still better than plenty of translated crime fiction its drawn out slowness attentive writing wealth of picturesue local detail that could plausibly inspire a holiday and lethargic protagonist suiting hot weather perfectly


  7. says:

    I was drawn to this by the premise of discovering a new police procedural series set in an interesting location Although I liked the characters I didn’t feel the riviera was presented to optimum effect and thought the mysteries pretty cookie cutter in execution Also it was over 100 pages too long


  8. says:

    Summertime All the Cats Are Bored is the first book in the Inspector Sebag trilogy of books by French author Philippe Georget I had previously read the 2nd one but finally managed to find the 1st in the series I have the 3rd book on my bookshelf and plan to finish the series off this yearAnyway in this mystery Inspector Gilles Sebag and his colleagues in Perpignan southern France are trying to solve the disappearance of a Dutch woman who was there on vacation At the same time just down the road another Dutch woman has been found murdered on the beach The detectives must ascertain if the two events are related is there a serial killer around? As well a young wife reports the disappearance of her husband a taxi drive to Sebag As the investigation continues it becomes apparent that the taxi driver may have been involved with the Dutch girl as a pimpAt the same time Sebag is beginning to wonder if his wife Claire is having an affair Little things are making him have doubts Their two children each head off on vacations with friends and Claire eventually goes on a cruise This situation is an ongoing theme in this story and adds an extra dimension to an interesting storyThe mystery is told from varied perspectives Sebag's that of the purported murderer and that of the Dutch woman It's an interesting way to proceed with the events There isn't a lot of forensics in the story although they do play a role The story focuses on the detectives their investigation and their gatherings to pass on information and try to solve the murder and disappearanceThe story moves along nicely Gilles and his co workers are all interesting and the mystery unravels nicely Sebag relies on his insight and sudden bursts of inspiration to resolve the events and come up with a very satisfying solution It's unfortunate that Georget only wrote 3 books in this series as while I look forward to reading the 3rd book it would also be nice to continue with the series 4 stars


  9. says:

    This first novel won the SNCF Crime Fiction Prize and the City of Lens First Crime Novel PrizeThe setting is in and around Perpignan on the French Mediterranean coast Tourists are abundant and small crimes are the normal police cases at this time Sebag and Molino are partners in the local police force Sebag's children are just going off on vacations with groups or friends and his wife Claire who is a teacher has the whole summer off She is going on a cruise with some friends while he continues to workWhen a Dutch woman is found murdered on a nearby beach closely followed by the disappearance of another young Dutch woman the media jumps on the two as connectedThe kidnapper when he makes contact seems to have chosen Sebag as his preferred contact the Sebag finds himself obsessed by the case something he has seldom felt lately in his police workThere are a variety of police here all after the solution to the case but not necessarily working with the same assumptions Sebag's focus seems to be a longshot but as the facts keep falling into line with his proposed theory the rest of the force begins to be convincedThe personal side where we see Sebag's struggles with his marriage and his own issues make him come alive This is a great addition to the crime oevre and I already have my order in for the next book in the series Which is pretty nice seeing I picked this book up mostly for the title


  10. says:

    I really like the character of Gilles Sebag he's a good cop steady and somewhat intuitive dedicated but not driven His career has been stalled slightly because he took parental leave when his second child was born but his son and daughter are teenagers now and he is trying not to regret the loss of their childhoods He's still in love with his wife and she seems happy but he is afraid she may be having an affair something seems just a bit off and it worries him at occasionally inopportune times He's kind and reflective he and Claire are both good parents and the kids are happy young people Not your typical dysfunctional crime fiction cop familySebag and his partner are landed with two crimes the disappearance of a Catalan cab driver and the kidnapping of a young Dutch woman Not long before these happened another young Dutch woman was murdered and that crime has not been solved Then there is an attempted kidnapping of a third young Dutch woman and the press runs wild Sebag is not sure The cabbie and the kidnap victim may be connected but is someone really preying on Dutch tourists in the middle of a Perpignan summer?I very much like the setting the Perpignan area where French and Catalan cultures meet The characters are nicely developed as is the plot It's not action packed but it unfolds nicely with a bit of a twist at the end


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