Maigret’s Anger #61 | Georges Simenon

Maigret’s Anger is my fifth Maigret. It was probably the lightest, easiest one of the lot so far, but it was also very atmospheric. Paris in summer hummed and sweated along in the background as Maigret worked a case around his old beat, in Montmartre.

It was almost as hot that evening as it had been during the day. Maigret went for a walk with his wife and sat outside a cafe in Place de la Republique, nursing a glass of beer for almost an hour.

They talked mainly about their holidays. Many of the men passing by had their jackets over their arms; most of the women were wearing cotton print dresses.

The case was fairly simple to solve, but it got extremely personal when Maigret realised that his good name had been taken in vain by a blackmailing lawyer playing a very lucrative game with his clients. Maigret’s anger is of the steely, self-contained kind. He brooks no arguments or discussion. The guilty flounder (and confess) before his quiet fury.

Fortunately Maigret has his favourite Sunday treat to look forward to – a visit to Morsang-sur-Seine with Madame Maigret and his favourite hotel: Vieux-Garcon.

Reading up on it, he had discovered that Balzac and Alexandre Dumas had once been regular visitors, and that later the Goncourt Brothers, Flaubert, Zola, Alphonse Daudet and others had attended literary lunches there.

They ended up spending a peaceful Sunday by the river…around ten o’clock, as they were finishing their breakfast under the trees, watching the sails manoeuvring on the water, Madame Maigret murmured: ‘Aren’t you going fishing?

As a starting point for my #ParisinJuly 2019 campaign, it was ideal. To the point and a reminder of warmer, gentler times.

Favourite Quote: because it sums up Maigret perfectly.

He had the heavy, stubborn look he wore in the doldrums of an investigation, when he didn’t know how to proceed and was half-heartedly trying every angle.

Facts:

  • Translated by William Hobson (who I’ve just discovered also translated Max Gallo’s Napoleon series into English.)
New Word:
  • belote – a popular 32 card, trick-taking, card game invented in France around 1920.
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11 thoughts on “Maigret’s Anger #61 | Georges Simenon

  1. I'm really confused by the comment thing lately. This one I've added my name and URL, lets see if it appears. I did a previous one with my google account and I think it's gone. Anyway with 75 books in the series I really have no excuses. I should find one and read it.

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  2. Simenon was unbelievably prolific! I read quite a few of them years ago,including a few in French. When they started the new series of translations, I read the first ones. You convinced me that I need to read even more!Best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  3. Yes, there’s a Maigret formula Bill, but it’s become a rather enjoyable part of my winter reading life. I’ve really come to look forward to #ParisinJuly as it prompts me to read another Maigret or 2 – the perfect cosy crime winter read 😊

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  4. Thanks for bringing attention to this series. I had no idea they existed and they look fabulous light readings, interesting, I love that they are set in France.

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  5. Like any long series, there are uneven moments Silvia, but I’ve come to really enjoy them & they make my Paris in July time a cosy crime delight!

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  6. This is an epic series, and over the years in Paris in July, we've seen many reviews of different stories. I dont recall if this has been previously reviewed – but as a lighter read, I am very tempted. thanks

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  7. I moderate all my comments now Louise – the spammers have gone ballistic! I delete dozens of spam emails every day. It's tedious. I have no idea what they think they can achieve by such blanket nonsense. Perhaps they just like to annoy?

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  8. Inspired by you, I picked up one of his books, and read it in two days! It's very cosy, I loved it. I read The Yellow Dog. It was a great first title, and it won't be my last. I fell in love with Maigret's style and personality.

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  9. A sign of success perhaps? They leave me alone. I'm glad to see that one of my missives got through. I'm not ignoring you completely, just commenting badly.

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