"Maigret . . . ranks with Holmes and Poirot in the pantheon of fictional detective immortals."People
It's Christmastime in Paris, and the great detective Maigret is investigating holiday mayhem in nine delightful short stories. The mysteries abound: an otherwise sensible little girl insists that she has seen Father Christmas, a statement alarming to her neighbors, Monsieur and Madame Maigret. Then, a choirboy helps the inspector solve a crime while he lies in bed with a cold; and another boy, pursued by a criminal, ingeniously leaves a trail to help Maigret track him. Many of these stories feature observant and resourceful children, frightened yet resolute, who bring out a paternal streak in the childless Maigret. The rapport between the inspector and these youthful heroes imparts a delightful freshness to this holiday collectiona cornucopia for fans of Maigret and mysteries.
"Simenon created one of the great moral detectives . . . . a master of the slow unfolding of the criminal mind."John Mortimer
Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born in Liège, Belgium. He published his first novel at seventeen and went on to write more than two hundred novels, becoming one of the world's most prolific and bestselling authors. His books have sold more than 500 million copies and have been translated into fifty languages.
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About the Author
Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born in Liège, Belgium. As a young man he worked as a baker, journalist, and bookseller and published his first novel at seventeen. He went on to write more than two hundred novels, becoming one of the world's most prolific and bestselling authors. His books have sold more than 500 million copies and have been translated into fifty languages.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A wonderful read to wind down the Christmas holidays. Maigret is a wonderful character, and the stories have that fabulous film noir aspect to them that have made them true classics of the mystery genre. Recommended
It is Christmas in Paris, but beneath the sparkling lights and glittering decorations lie sinister deeds and dark secrets… I’ve read these stories in French but now they’re in a lovely little collection which is perfect for Christmas and any time you want to be transported to Paris really. Maigret is an iconic French character and it’s a treat to have him in bite size here so to speak. The stories are nicely chosen and very smoothly translated whilst encompassing all the French flourishes Maigret is so well known for. I found the stories so different yet they complemented each other well. No spoilers here but a good collection Maigret and Paris At Christmas. What’s not to like?