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The Friend of Madame Maigret (Inspector Maigret Mysteries) (original 1950; edition 2007)

by Georges Simenon, Helen Sebba (Translator)

Series: Maigret (33)

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Title:The Friend of Madame Maigret (Inspector Maigret Mysteries)
Authors:Georges Simenon
Other authors:Helen Sebba (Translator)
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2007), Paperback, 192 pages
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Madame Maigret's Friend by Georges Simenon (1950)

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Probably better read in french, which I used to be able to do as the vocabulary is pretty limited. Reminds me of my Dad who used to love Maigret, and Paris, and France. I might try another one and see if the charm survives the years a little better. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jun 17, 2014 |
Very enjoyable, charming quiet, by today's standards, mystery. ( )
  ccayne | Oct 22, 2012 |
No-one's ever going to turn Simenon into a feminist hero, but he was clearly someone who was endlessly fascinated by women and the details of their lives, always provided that they fitted into one of his two available categories: housewives and prostitutes. Mme Maigret, of course, is one of the former, and in the opening chapter of this book we get to see the world from her point of view for a change. While waiting to see the dentist, chance makes her a key witness in a (possible) murder case that her husband is investigating. Possibly motivated by guilt about having burnt the Commissaire's lunch, she does a bit of investigating on her own initiative, and comes up with some vital clues, although it's Maigret himself who gets the glory for putting all the pieces together and solving the case, naturellement.

Mme Maigret's intervention probably accounts for about 10% of the novel (the parts concerning shoes, hats and small children), and for the rest it is a very conventional sort of Maigret story. It is interesting and entertaining, though, and I couldn't help being reminded of that other famously unreconstructed lady detective created by a male author, Mma Ramotswe. ( )
  thorold | Jul 7, 2009 |
I always liked this one because of the serendipity of Mme. Maigret's role
1 vote franoscar | Jan 3, 2008 |
One of my favorites. Madame Maigret is charming. ( )
  ostrom | Dec 5, 2007 |
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In The Friend of Madame Maigret, Simenon?s economic prose brilliantly portrays the Marais quarter of Paris and those who haunt its narrow streets as Inspector Maigret attempts to prove that a murder has actually been committed without a corpse anywhere to be found. As the investigation becomes increasingly complex, seemingly unconnected characters are drawn into the case, and Maigret begins to wonder if his wife?s earlier strange encounter with a woman and her baby may be the missing link.

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Maigret becomes increasingly frustrated as his attempts to prove that a brutal, repulsive murder has been committed at a local bookbinder prove fruitless. The mystery revolves around a series of seemingly unconnected incidents and characters.

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