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Inspector Maigret receives a series of letters warning of a murder that is going to take place. The letters do not reveal who will die, when it will happen or who will do it. Maigret must trace the letters back to their source before it is too late.
I’ve watched Maigret on television many times but, strangely for me, never actually read the books that it’s based on. So when I received a surprise copy of Maigret Hesitates, along with a note explaining that Penguin were publishing 75 of the books by Georges Simenon with all-new translations, I was really excited to see whether I’d love Inspector Maigret just as much on the page as on screen!
The answer to that is yes, I loved Maigret just as much, if not more! Maigret Hesitates is number 67 in the series, but I managed to read it perfectly well as a standalone. I imagine that the recurring characters would have been even more developed if I’d been reading the books from the very beginning, but as it was, they all came to life on the page. Because of the way that I was able to jump straight in, I think the best thing to do if you want to start this series would be to read some synopses of the books, pick the one that you most like the sound of and start from there!
But back to Maigret Hesitates in particular! At 174 pages, it’s on the shorter side (which in my opinion makes it a great one to start with) and it’s really well paced, drawing you in and then taking you on a journey alongside Maigret to discover the truth about the mysterious letters.
The translation is beautifully done too and Howard Curtis has done a fantastic job bringing Inspector Maigret’s world to life in English.
Overall, I’m giving Maigret Hesitates 4.5 out of 5. It’s sophisticated, vividly written and absorbing. I think I’m going to have to read all of the Inspector Maigret books now!
This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review
About the 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.
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