A Maigret Christmas by Georges Simenon. Translator David Coward. Penguin Classics. Published 2nd November 2017. 224 Pages. First published in French as Un Noël de Maigret by Presses de la Cité, 1951.
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Three seasonal stories set in Paris at Christmas, from the celebrated creator of Inspector Maigret.
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 (Un Noël de Maigret) 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 (Sept petites croix dans un carnet), 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) (Le petit restaurant des Ternes) tells of a cynical woman who is moved to an unexpected act of festive charity in a nightclub – one that surprises even her…
Georges Simenon (Author)
Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. He is best know in Britain as the author of the Maigret novels and his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.
David Coward (Translator)
David Coward is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Leeds and has translated many books from French for Penguin Classics.