Acts of Passion by Georges Simenon

From the very first page, we know who the killer is; we know that he’ll be captured, found guilty and sentenced to prison; but we don’t know who his victim is. Georges Simenon’s novel Acts of Passion takes the form of a long letter, written by a killer to the judge who sentenced him.  The killer wants to explain why he did what he did; … Continue reading Acts of Passion by Georges Simenon

Maigret in New York by Georges Simenon

The trouble with Maigret in New York is clearly stated in the title. Inspector Maigret should stay in France, preferable in Paris.  I suppose over the course of 75 novels Maigret was bound to leave the country at least once, but I much prefer him when he is at home. Certain books are associated with certain places–that becomes part of the fun, maybe part of the … Continue reading Maigret in New York by Georges Simenon

A Man’s Head by Georges Simenon

The trouble with Georges Simenon’s Maigret novels is that what makes them good is also whats makes them hard to write about. I’ve created this little reading project to collect and read all 75 of Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret novels as Penguin republishes all of them in these shiny new editions with these cool covers. It’s been fun so far.  That it will take nearly … Continue reading A Man’s Head by Georges Simenon

The Yellow Dog by Georges Simenon

Inspector Maigret is not bothered (dot com.) Someone accuses him of dragging  his feet with the investigation, someone else says the police have arrested the wrong man, another refuses to answer questions… Inspector Maigret simply shrugs his shoulders and moves on like nothing matters anyway.  He’ll solve the crime soon enough. #MaigretIsNotBotheredDotCom. It’s a great state of mind for a noir detective to be in, … Continue reading The Yellow Dog by Georges Simenon

The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien by Georges Simenon

I’m starting to re-think this thing. When Penguin announced they would publish all 75 of Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret novels in order, one per month over six years, I took on the challenge of buying and reading them all.  I’m a fan of Simenon and Inspector Maigret, the covers are really cool, each book is about 120 pages long which is just two days reading … Continue reading The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien by Georges Simenon

Red Lights by Georges Simenon

Georges Simenon was once the best selling author in the world. In the 1930’s he was a writer of pulp fiction but once he began writing detective stories featuring Inspector Maigret, he became famous under his own name. He wrote over 100 Maigret stories along with a series of Roman durs, novels depicting the psychological anxiety that lays under the surface of everyday routine. His … Continue reading Red Lights by Georges Simenon

The Late Monsieur Gallet by Georges Simenon

The great mystery in Georges Simenon’s The Late Monsieur Gallet is not who killed the title character but who was the title character. The Late Monsieur Gallet, translated by Anthea Bell, features many classic who-dunnit elements: a wealthy victim, a wife/widow with a son who stands to inherit, a big house full of outdated furnishings, a missing body.  But from the start Inspector Maigret knows … Continue reading The Late Monsieur Gallet by Georges Simenon