The Early Maigrets


5500Georges Simenon’s first Maigret book was Pietr-le-Letton (translated variously as The Strange Case of Peter the Lett and Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett), written in 1929. Simenon admitted in a conversation, “I did not think of doing a series. I had used the name of a policeman called ‘Maigret’ in ‘Train de Nuit’ and I picked up the name again because it crossed my mind. I did not think of doing any other books at all along the same lines. That idea came from Fayard.” Artheme Fayard, his publisher, gave Simenon a contract for five Maigret novels, and by the summer of 1930 he had produced The Death of M. Gallet, The Crossroads Murders, The Crime at Lock 14 and The Crime of Inspector Maigret — all before the first had been published. Those chosen for the initial launch were The Death of M. Gallet (published later by Penguin as Maigret Stonewalled) and The Crime of Inspector Maigret (also known in England as Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets). Throughout the early Thirties, he wrote some 14 more Maigrets, before taking a break in 1934; he did not write any more Maigrets until 1942, although he continued with his other novels. This collection of about 20 pre-war stories is usually referred to as ‘The early Maigrets’; critics and collectors alike generally regard them as the cream of the Maigret crop (except Thomas Narcejac, who considered that Simenon’s best work appeared after 1942). Source: Georges Simenon’s Maigret Books by Helen MacLeod.

The Voice of Maigret — and the Art of the Audiobook

You can access my reviews of the books I’ve read so far clicking on the book title. I’m planning to read soon The Carter of ‘La Providence’ .

  1. Pietr the Latvian aka The Strange Case of Peter the Lett, The Case of Peter the Lett, Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett. (Pietr-le-Letton, mai 1931)

  2. The Late Monsieur Gallet aka The Death of Monsieur Gallet, Maigret Stonewalled (Monsieur Gallet, décédé, février 1931))

  3. The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien aka The Crime of Inspector Maigret, Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets (Le Pendu de Saint-Pholien (février 1931)

  4. The Carter of ‘La Providence’ aka The Crime at Lock 14, Maigret Meets a Milord, Lock 14 (Le Charretier de la Providence, mars 1931)

  5. The Yellow Dog aka A Face for a Clue, Maigret and the Concarneau Murders, Maigret and the Yellow Dog, The Yellow Dog (Le Chien jaune, avril 1931)

  6. Night at the Crossroads aka The Crossroad Murders, Maigret at the Crossroads (La Nuit du carrefour, juin 1931)

  7. A Crime in Holland aka A Crime in Holland, Maigret in Holland (Un crime en Hollande, juillet 1931)

  8. The Grand Banks Café aka The Sailor’s Rendezvous (Au rendez-vous des Terre-Neuvas, août 1931)

  9. A Man’s Head aka A Battle of Nerves, Maigret’s War of Nerves, A Man’s Head (La Tête d’un homme (L’homme de la Tour Eiffel) septembre 1931)

  10. The Dancer at the Gai-Moulin aka At the “Gai Moulin”, Maigret at the “Gai Moulin” (La Danseuse du Gai-Moulin, novembre 1931)

  11. The Two-Penny Bar aka Guinguette by the Seine, Maigret and the Tavern by the Seine, The Bar on the Seine (La Guinguette à deux sous, décembre 1931)

  12. The Shadow Puppet aka The Shadow in the Courtyard, Maigret Mystified (L’Ombre chinoise, janvier 1932)

  13. The Saint-Fiacre Affair aka Maigret and the Countess, The Saint-Fiacre Affair, Maigret Goes Home, Maigret on Home Ground (L’Affaire Saint-Fiacre, février 1932)

  14. The Flemish House aka The Flemish Shop, Maigret and the Flemish Shop (Chez les Flamands, mars 1932)

  15. The Madman of Bergerac (Le Fou de Bergerac, avril 1932)

  16. The Misty Harbour aka Death of a Harbo(u)r Master, Maigret and the Death of a Harbor Master (Le Port des brumes, mai 1932)

  17. Liberty Bar aka Liberty Bar, Maigret on the Riviera (Liberty Bar, juillet 1932)

  18. Lock No. 1 aka The Lock at Charenton (L’Écluse no 1, juin 1933)

  19. Maigret aka Maigret Returns (Maigret, mars 1934)

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