This year’s search for your great French summer read ends here, with Philippe Georget’s beautifully paced, sun-soaked police procedural, which positively drips with the characters, sights, fragrances and scenery of the southern Languedoc.

Perpignan and its nearby villages and beaches provide the sultry setting for this tale, which follows Gilles Sebag – a tough, committed flic who’s suffering marital and familial strife – as he pieces together the mysterious disappearances and murders of a series of Dutch women.

The author is a former TV newsreader who’s equally deft at handling linear plot lines and evocative descriptions. You should really enjoy reading this on the beach, but keep an eye over your shoulder… The World Noir series publishes gritty thrillers from France, Italy, Spain and beyond – visit for more information.

Summertime All the Cats are Bored was translated into English by Steven Rendall. Find this book, and many more, in the France Today bookstore

Originally published in the April-May 2014 issue of France Today





  1. Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. We’ve since corrected our review with the translator’s name. Happy reading!