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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Friday, September 26, 2014

Autumn, All The Cats Return

Autumn, All The Cats Return (Murder Mystery)
“An Inspector Sebag Mystery”
By Philippe Georget
Europa Editions
ISBN #9781609452261
Price $18.00
432 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Brilliant writing, and provocative characters you won’t forget.”

An old man in his seventies is discovered in his apartment, shot in the head, handcuffed and tied to a chair. It was an execution style killing, and on the door were the letters OAS – the Algerian Organization Army Secret from the French-Algerian wars in the 1960s. Lt. Giles Sebag and his partner Jacques Molino, from the Perpignan, France, police department on the Mediterranean  are assigned the case, but when a second murder victim is found with the OAS written on the scene, Superintendent Castello forms a team to investigate, fearing someone may be killing old French fighters from the Algerian war.

This was a deep mystery involving something that happened fifty years before when Algeria fought for their independence from France. French and Spanish citizens, who had made their home in Algeria, took up arms against the Arabs and French soldiers. Although I did not fully understand the history of the Algerian war, I was in France during the period just following it, and knew there was still a problem. A lot of people had died, and there was still a lot of hatred among the French against their own country for being forced out of Algeria. The mystery does go into more detail about that period, but we don’t learn who the killer is, or why he’s killing certain men from that period, until the end of the story.

The author writes in a smooth, flowing style that makes this 432-page novel read more like a 200-page quick read. The writing is brilliant, and the characters are well drawn and provocative. This was a page-turner, and hard to put down till the last page. Highly recommended for readers who love a good mystery.

Tom Johnson

Detective Mystery Stories


  1. Hi Tom! Just stopping by to say hello! :)
    This story sounds like something that Warner Brothers would have turned into a movie back in the day. Though it's set in the 60's, it reminds me of the stories they filmed in the 40's. But I like old movies, so perhaps that's why I'm thinking that way. Enjoyed your review.

  2. Hi Deborah, glad you enjoyed the review. There are some good mysteries coming out of Europe today, and I've found a couple great authors like Philippe. BTW, you're welcome to Guest Post on PULP DEN any time. I know our readers would enjoy learning about your writing.

  3. I'd certainly love to share with your readers! I can email you some suggested post ideas. Should I just send them to your gmail address above?

  4. Hi Deborah, sure, use the fadingshadow40 email above. I'm heading for bed right now, but we can discuss some Guest posts tomorrow.