This is very much an introduction to Maigret and the main intention of the book is for us to learn about him as a character. The plot felt secondary to this but was enjoyable enough to keep my interest and I was certainly intrigued to find out how it would end and I wasn‘t disappointed by it. It’s a short book which does not take itself too seriously. It’s also good fun to read and serves as an enjoyable introduction to the main character who has the ability to “impose himself just by standing there.”
I have a soft spot for the Maigret series as when I first graduated from the children’s library and became the proud owner of a ticket to the adult library, one of the Maigret novels was the first book I ever borrowed from the adult library. Of course, I felt incredibly grown up and sophisticated and I’m not going to admit just how long ago that was, but suffice to say, that a few decades have passed since I first discovered the taciturn Detective Chief Inspector Maigret and I thoroughly enjoyed my re-acquaintance with him in this book.
This is a new translation by David Bellos. Penguin are re-releasing the whole set of Maigret books at a rate of one per month. George Simenon wrote 70 books in this series so this is quite an undertaking on their part but one that I am sure will be worthwhile as the Maigret books are well worth reading. I am certainly looking forward to my further acquaintance with them. New readers to these books will also enjoy watching the development of Maigret. A good book for old and new audiences alike.
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