Inspector Maigret investigates the murder of a small-time crook on a Mediterranean island
While Inspector Pyke of Scotland Yard is staying with Maigret to observe his methods, Maigret receives word of a murder in the Midi on the island of Porquerolles. The victim is Marcellin, a man who claims to have been Maigret’s friend but was actually a criminal whose girlfriend, a sex worker, Maigret helped out of a scrape years ago.
Travelling to the island, Maigret and Pyke must solve a mystery that takes them deep into the shadowy world of art forgery and the heart of an isolated community with eccentric inhabitants—and no shortage of secrets. My Friend Maigret is a page-turning mystery set in the sun-drenched south of France about what can happen when past acquaintances resurface.
“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The Guardian
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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"These Maigret books are as timeless as Paris itself."
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"Maigret ranks with Holmes and Poirot in the pantheon of fictional detective immortals."
"Simenon created one of the great moral detectives . . . a master of the slow unfolding of the criminal mind."
"A writer who, more than any other crime novelist, combined a high literary reputation with popular appeal."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With a scotland yard counterpart in tow maigret questions his own skills but that doesnt slow him down much, he listens asks questions sweats in the heat drinks and absorbs small island gossip and culture. His mind composts all the accumulated garbage and suddenly a tulip sprouts up and he knows who and why the victim died. I liked this story because i got to see how his mind works, those who love the mystery and detective stories of the first half of twentieth century will love watching him work. try one.
I agree with BooksPlease that the number of characters in this book made the story confusing- but I also enjoyed the setting and the observations on the behaviour of Mr. Pyke, the Scotland Yard detective.
I am a recent convert to Georges Simenon. Penguin recently put out a series of his Maigret mysteries that have lovely art deco covers and a slim, squarish paperback profile that I am a sucker for. They fit perfectly in my purse and have lovely black and white photos of French urban scenes from the first half of the 20th century. I am the target market, obviously, becuase I am obsessed.