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A Maigret Christmas and Other Stories

by Georges Simenon

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It is Christmas in Paris, but beneath the sparkling lights and glittering decorations lie sinister deeds and dark secrets... This collection brings together three of Simenon's most enjoyable Christmas tales, newly translated, featuring Inspector Maigret and other characters from the Maigret novels. In 'A Maigret Christmas', the Inspector receives two unexpected visitors on Christmas Day, who lead him on the trail of a mysterious intruder dressed in red and white. In 'Seven Small Crosses in a Notebook', the sound of alarms over Paris send the police on a cat and mouse chase across the city. And 'The Little Restaurant in Les Ternes (A Christmas Story for Grown-Ups)' tells of a cynical woman who is moved to an unexpected act of festive charity in a nightclub - one that surprises even her...… (more)

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A Netgalley ARC.

Three short stories set in Paris at Christmas, but with lots of crime amidst the snow and festive cheer.

From the central switchboard in Paris, Christmas Eve:
"But there had been no emergencies. The small crosses in Lecœur’s log were eloquent. He did not bother to count them. He knew that there were almost two hundred in the drunks’column. Because on that night, obviously, some latitude was allowed. Uniformed officers tried to persuade revellers to go home without making trouble. They intervened only when drunks turned nasty and started smashing wine glasses or threatening law-abiding drinkers. In various police stations, 200 men – and a handful of women – slept heavily on bare boards, behind bars. ( )
  charl08 | Dec 27, 2017 |
Full disclosure: I was given an ARC of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

(Yes I like the title too.)

Georges Simenon's pipe-smoking sleuth gets a cosey little mystery for Christmas - one he can solve almost without leaving the comfort of his own apartment.

For it is a time for friends and family, and this being Simenon there's a level of class and character that's above the norm for detective fiction. As well as a nice little mystery, we also get a sketch portrait of the home life of M and Mme Maigret; their obvious deep affection for each other, but also the largely unspoken sadness.

I rarely find Simenon's writing as compulsive in the moment ofreading as I might, say, Arthur Conan Doyle's or even Victor L Whitechurch's, but his imagery and his characters return to me far more often afterwards. It's a deeply problematic way of phrasing it and deeply unfair to so many other genre writers, but it's hard to escape the feeling that Simenon is a 'proper' writer. Your intellect gets something back from reading him.

A rich and sophisticated Christmas liqeur. ( )
  m_k_m | Dec 12, 2017 |
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