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One more Teulings Maigret
3/27/16 – Although it was reported here on Jan. 26 that Murielle had "definitively completed" the list of Jan Teulings Maigret episodes, she has actually discovered one more (!), an "extra", aired in the Netherlands on May 1, 1970.

It was "Maigret en de zakkenroller" [Maigret and the pickpocket], based on "Le Voleur de Maigret". (The image, from the May 1, 1970 article in Het vrije volk, is of Teulings and Willem Nijholt, who played François Ricain, the "pickpocket".)


Penguin Cover Previews
3/27/16 – David has located three new Penguin Maigret cover previews (scheduled for June release), including a second TV tie-in cover for the Atkinson release:
Here's an image of the earlier Atkinson cover he sent in a few weeks ago.

The two covers from the new series are #35 (Memoirs) and #36 (Picratt's). Number 34, Mme Maigret's Friend, has been announced, but I haven't found the cover yet. (I wonder if Memoirs is in the final form... The title design is different and there's no Penguin logo...)


Rowan Atkinson articles
3/29/16 – These keep on coming in... Check here from time to time for more...

Maigret Sets a Trap review: zut alors – c’est terrible!. The Guardian, by Lucy Mangan, March 29, 2016

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS on Rowan Atkinson as Jules Maigret in new TV crime drama. The Daily Mail, by Christopher Stevens, March 28, 2016

Rowan Atkinson on playing Maigret: He’s just an ordinary guy doing an extraordinary job. Sunday Express, by Mark Lawson, March 27, 2016
Inspecting Maigret: Rowan Atkinson puts on his thinking hat . The Guardian, by Mark Lawson, March 25, 2016
Rowan Atkinson on Inspector Maigret, the artistic value of comedy, and playing an ordinary man. Independent, by James Rampton, March 22, 2016
Few laughs as Rowan Atkinson takes on role of Maigret in ITV's new detective drama. International Business Times, by Fiona Keating, March 19, 2016
From Mr Bean to Monsieur Maigret: Rowan Atkinson ditched the slapstick to play the French detective in his first major TV role for 20 years. Daily Mail, by Tim Oglethorpe, March 18, 2016
Rowan Atkinson: why I just couldn't say no to Maigret. The Telegraph, by Jasper Rees - March 18, 2016

BBC Radio 4 Reviews Atkinson's "Maigret"

3/22/16 – BBC radio 4 critics’ programme ‘Front Row’ from Mar. 22, [audio track appx 16:30 to 21:30] Jeff Park reviews Rowan Atkinson's Maigret in the television film, ‘Maigret Sets a Trap’, which will be released on Monday.

James MacKay


re: Place Dauphine and the Brasserie Dauphine
3/21/16 – The difference between Rue Harlay in 1961 and 2016 is amazing. Thanks Jerome for the great picture. The building on the left looks like it was demolished and rebuilt in a heritage architectural style. It fits the area well, and the area still has same feel as in the older photo. I always find it fascination looking at old and recent photos of the same streets, buildings - one of my little hobbies.


re: Place Dauphine and the Brasserie Dauphine
3/20/16 – Following Murielle's request at the end of her note of February 12...
"I wonder if the building we can see in the background of the photo from the episode still exists… in the picture it looks as if it’s on the other side of the Seine, but if we compare it with today’s photo, it doesn’t seem to be as large… Can our Parisian friend Jérôme possibly take us a photo at the proper angle, so that we can make a better comparison?"

(Rue de Harlay 1961)

I went to the back of the Palais de Justice and took a picture from the same position as the one in the movie... The building in the background is still there, and it is on the other side of the Seine. That's the Quai de la Mégisserie:

(Rue de Harlay 2016)


Rowan Atkinson: why I just couldn't say no to Maigret... [and other articles]
3/18-27/16 – “...I don’t think you can decide to play a mainstream role in an ITV drama,” he explains, “without being reasonably certain you can play the part as well as it can be played. The demand of modern TV drama is very low-key and naturalistic. Directors constantly tell you, 'Don’t act, don’t try.’ It’s inflection-free acting and I wasn’t really sure if I could do it...”

Rowan Atkinson: why I just couldn't say no to Maigret. The Telegraph, by Jasper Rees - March 18, 2016

From Mr Bean to Monsieur Maigret: Rowan Atkinson ditched the slapstick to play the French detective in his first major TV role for 20 years. Daily Mail, by Tim Oglethorpe, March 18, 2016
Few laughs as Rowan Atkinson takes on role of Maigret in ITV's new detective drama. International Business Times, by Fiona Keating, March 19, 2016
Rowan Atkinson on Inspector Maigret, the artistic value of comedy, and playing an ordinary man. Independent, by James Rampton, March 22, 2016
Inspecting Maigret: Rowan Atkinson puts on his thinking hat . The Guardian, by Mark Lawson, March 25, 2016
Rowan Atkinson on playing Maigret: He’s just an ordinary guy doing an extraordinary job. Sunday Express, by Mark Lawson, March 27, 2016

Simenon's Le train - Paris

3/15/16 –

Not a Maigret event, but I an interesting one, I think...

Concerts de radio france
Le Train, adapted by Pierre Assouline
Wednesday, April 15, 2016, 7:00 pm
Maison de la Radio - Studio 104
(116 Avenue du président Kennedy, 75016 Paris)


Penguin Maigret - Night at the Crossroads
3/15/16 –
Night at the Crossroads

a review by Andrew Walser

The crossroads is as archetypal as symbols get. Think, for instance, of Oedipus’s encounter with his father, which happened, according to Sophocles, “near the branching of the crossroads,” or Robert Johnson’s deal with the devil, a central myth of American music. Night at the Crossroads draws on the power of this archetype. When a perplexing murder occurs outside Paris, the Inspector arrives at an isolated intersection marked only by two houses and a dingy garage. This crossroads serves, in the usual way, as a site for fateful decisions, but also becomes a meeting place for three sorts of stories – as if Simenon wanted, within the strict limits of his chosen form, to construct a kind of playful polyphony.

The first story is a bourgeois novel, set in an impeccably respectable house – a “small villa of millstone grit with a narrow garden, surrounded by a six-foot-high fence.” There we meet Émile Michonnet, an insurance salesman of such blandness and conventionality that he cares less about the jewel merchant’s corpse discovered in his new car than about whether the replacement vehicle comes in burgundy – the most fashionable color, apparently. With his gout and his penchant for lawsuits, Michonnet is a wicked parody of an entire class. So is his wife, who lurks behind curtains and spies on her neighbors, the way Gladys Kravitz used to on Bewitched. One might argue that this desire to snoop lies at the root of the bourgeois novel, and that the chief downside of the genre is that the objects of your attention – your focus for four or five hundred pages – may be as mundane as the Michonnets.

The second story is a Gothic novel, all morbidity and dread. It is set in the Three Widows, a ramshackle old mansion named after the ancient mother and two elderly daughters who barricaded themselves inside and exterminated each other in various lurid ways. I am tempted to read these widows as the Fates, making their decisions at the crossroads of each life –but, in any case, they are certainly generic signposts. The current residents of the house, the Andersens, are themselves unmistakably Gothic, a couple in whom the decaying nobility of Europe seems to have coalesced. Carl is an elegant but disfigured aristocrat, Else his alluring companion, and around them hangs a heavy air of incest and insanity. Small wonder Lucas confesses to his boss: “I get the sense that there’s something wrong with this case, something weird, almost malignant.” That Lucas wavers between exonerating Else completely and declaring her the “only poisonous thing” in the house is sadly characteristic of one kind of masculine psychology.

The final story is in some ways the most wholesome – a hardboiled crime novel, revolving around the tough customers who run the garage. Simple crime looks more tolerable next to decadence and rank hypocrisy. When Oscar, the garage owner, mocks Michonnet’s respectability and laughs at Else’s sensational tale – “’It’s just like a novel[!]’” – the comment reminds us that Simenon’s work claims to be sui generis, to possess a realism deep enough to escape generic conventions altogether.

Ultimately, we might see these disparate stories as stationed along the same road, poaching off the same transient energies. The myth of genre insists on separateness, but they all intersect at the crossroads called narrative – and it was in narrative, as Thornton Wilder observed, that Simenon was the genius of his century.

Simenon, Georges. Night at the Crossroads. trans. Linda Coverdale. London: Penguin, 2014.

My Friend Maigret: escapism, dreams and the imagination
3/15/16 –
From the London School of Economics and Political Science, website, an audio recording (90 mins.) of the excellent session of the Literary Festival 2016 held in London a couple of weeks ago, on Saturday, February 27, My Friend Maigret: escapism, dreams and the imagination in Simenon, with Professor John Gray, Ros Schwartz, and John Simenon.

James Mackay

One of these speakers is Professor John Gray, whose article, The Stark Moral World of Georges Simenon, was the subject of a post here a few days ago, [3/5/16]. He mentions the changed endings in some of the English translations of the Maigrets in this panel discussion as well. Ros Schwartz is one of the translators of the new Penguin Maigrets.


re: How can you understand a person you haven’t found?
3/15/16 – I believe the ‘If I can understand the killer, I can find him’ and it’s variations, is meant as a tagline for the entire series rather than specifically ‘Maigret Sets a Trap’. It’s nothing more than P.R flimflam, since every Detective has to have their gimmick these days and of course, Maigret is known for his insight into human nature.

As to how it’ll differ to the earlier ITV series; despite finding him rather endearing in the role, I always thought Gambon to be a bit too laid back and affable. Whereas Atkinson, despite being the wrong build physically, seems appropriately subdued and reflective from the trailers. I’d also imagine the series itself to be slicker and more stylised than the earlier version, since British television drama has changed a lot in the last couple of decades (not always for the better IMO).

Kind regards,

Maigret and the Penguin Books
3/14/16 –
I've recently received a copy of this delightful book published by the Penguin Collectors Society (2015), "Maigret and the Penguin Books", with a size and cover design reminiscent of a Penguin Maigret of the 1960s.


George Simenon Returns by Julian Barnes8
Penguin and Maigret: a little publishing history by James Mackay17
The Maigret books in Penguin: an illustrated historical bibliography39
      The French and Penguin titles of the 75 Maigret novels41
      The French and Penguin titles of the 28 Maigret short stories52
      Illustrated Catalogue of the Penguin Maigrets55
Sources, Further Reading and Acknowledgments105

As can be seen in the above summary of the contents, the bulk of the book's 112 pages is made up of bibliographic listings of the Penguin Maigrets, with all the covers, dates and design information:

(You can buy a copy online here.)

The Julian Barnes article, George Simenon Returns, is reprinted from The Times Literary Supplement, May 7, 2014, available online here.

I asked James Mackay for permission to reprint his enlightening article, Penguin and Maigret: a little publishing history, but because of certain copyrighted material it contains, he has, instead, generously provided a lengthy extract, which can be read here. (You'll have to pick up a copy of the book to enjoy the rest...)


Brelan d'as (Full House) 1952
3/13/16 – As well as being a big Georges Simenon fan, I’m also a great admirer of the wonderfully Falstaffian Swiss actor Michel Simon and would love to see this portmanteau film [Brelan d'as] in which he appears as Maigret in one vignette [Le Témoignage de l'enfant de chœur [tem]]. Tracking the damn thing down is seemingly impossible though, which is surprising considering that one of the other episodes features cult character Lemmy Caution.

Has anyone on here had the opportunity to see it or have any knowledge of it’s commercial status? It must rank as one of the few French Simenon adaptations not to make it to DVD or (to the best of my knowledge) VHS. Does it ever show up on French television? All I’ve been able to find is one short clip and a few production stills.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Matthew Hewitt

re: How can you understand a person you haven’t found?
3/13/16 – Considering the comments from David and Murielle, I am even more curious about how this Maigret story will develop in the newest Atkinson interpretation, and how different it will be from the Gambon series.

In my opinion 'understanding' the murderer in this case applies not to the 'original' murderer, but to his mother and wife, one of whom also became a murderer. By that time Maigret knew that either of them was capable of anything to help their "man", including murder. The original murderer, by the way, was caught using standard detective work, from the unique button to rare fabric to only one person who had a suit from that fabric and was in Paris at the time of the crime.

One of the best examples where Maigret's understanding of the psychology and motives of the murderer was instrumental in solving the case was when the mother of rich dentist killed his wife (Maigret et la Grande Perche [GRA]. After Maigret explained to her why she did it - jealousy - she immediately confessed.


Maigret on the Seine
3/12/16 –

Maigret on the Seine: bridges and quais

In homage to Michel Lemoine


In the works of Simenon, and particularly in the Maigrets, it could be said that the city of Paris has acquired the status of an actual character. The novelist understood, in evoking the names of the Parisian streets, how to build a personal geography of the city in a way so evocative that the reader could create his own representation of the capital. While we have previously discussed this Maigret geography, that picture still lacks, among other things, a discussion of the bridges and quais, since they are truly a part of this geography, the importance of the Seine and fluvial images for Maigret being well known…

This new study is dedicated to the memory of Michel Lemoine, in a modest and respectful homage, and with the immense regret that we will no longer be able look forward to his newest commentaries…

Which bridges and quais are most often evoked in the Maigret saga, how are they presented by the novelist, and what is their importance in the plots of the novels? These are the questions this study will attempt to answer. To carry out this inventory, we've obviously relied on the essential work of Michel Lemoine, Paris chez Simenon, allowing us to refine our results, complete our research, and not only to find certain information that would have otherwise eluded us, but also to discover things he himself hadn't reported, and which we can only regret not being able to discuss with him…

For our statistical inventory, we'll proceed as follows. Rather than count the number of mentions of each of the bridges and quais, we've taken the number of novels in which each of them appears at least once. The great majority of these mentions are "nominal", that is, the bridges and quais are noted by name. Sometimes however, though rarely, when the text only contains the words "bridge" or "quai", the specific one can be determined by context. Once more we acknowledge the assistance of the work of Michel Lemoine in identifying some of these mentions. Finally, we note that our inventory is limited to the 20 arrondissements of Paris, ignoring surrounding areas.

  1. "Just across the bridge…"

    To leave for Suresnes
    Or even for Charenton,
    All along the river Seine
    You go under the bridges.

    During the day, following its course,
    All Paris passes by boat...

        (beginning of the song,
        Sous les ponts de Paris
        [Under the bridges of Paris])

    The bridge is, by definition, a place of passage, a theme dear to Simenon. In Paris, the bridges serve to cross the Seine, to go from one bank to the other, but in the Maigrets, bridges also have other roles... They are the scenery that surrounds the barges, moored nearby, or tirelessly led by tugs, whose whistles form the soundtrack entering by the wide-open windows of Maigret's office... The bridges are also the refuge of clochards, a place to watch the fishermen (particularly the one at Pont Saint-Michel evoked in Ch. 8 of La patience de Maigret [PAT]), but also a means for setting the action of a novel at a precise Paris location.

    We have catalogued 16 different bridges in the texts, (with the number of novels in which they appear in parentheses)... Pont Saint-Michel (34), Pont-Neuf (21), Pont d'Austerlitz (10), Pont Marie (5), Pont-au-Change (3), Pont Saint-Louis (3); several bridges appearing in two novels, Pont Louis-Philippe, Pont des Arts, Pont Mirabeau, Pont National; and lastly bridges mentioned in just one novel, Pont de Bercy, Pont de Sully, Pont de la Tournelle, Pont de la Concorde, Pont de Bir-Hakeim, and Pont de Grenelle.

    1. Pont Saint-Michel

      Readers familiar with the Maigrets will certainly not be surprised to find that this is the most frequently mentioned bridge, for they'll know that this is the view on which the Chief Inspector casts his eyes from his office. It's from its appearance and that of the Seine that he often deduces the weather, but he also finds pleasure in regarding the barges passing under its arches. And it's a place of passage for Maigret himself, when he arrives at or leaves his office, or goes to crime scenes on the other bank of the Seine. We note that while it's most often cited by name, sometimes simply the word "bridge" will do, especially when the author is speaking of the scene from Maigret's window. And since it was established from the beginning that the Chief Inspector has a view of the bridge from his office, ("From the window, he could see an arm of the Seine, the Place Saint-Michel, and a floating wash-house, all under a blue haze through which the gas lamps twinkled like stars as they lit up one by one," at the beginning of Pietr le Letton [LET]), it becomes almost superfluous to mention it by name...

      complete text
      original French


re: How can you understand a person you haven’t found?
3/12/16 – Thanks, Murielle. As usual, I was writing in a hurry, and of course you are right.

In general terms, I guess the statement means “I must understand a person before I know he/she is the killer”.


re: How can you understand a person you haven’t found?
3/12/16 – With regard to David's PS comment (3/11/16), "I’m not sure it makes sense, since how can you understand a person you haven’t found?"...
But yes, it makes perfect sense, because that's just what this is about. When, early in the novel, Maigret has a long conversation with Professeur Tissot regarding the killer... they're trying to figure out his personality, to understand his emotions, his way of acting, his mentality, so that the Chief Inspector will have a chance to find him. He doesn't set his trap randomly, in any old way — he relies, as he puts it, on "an intuition", and on what Tissot tells him regarding the psychology of serial killers, and particularly their pride. By making the killer believe that they've arrested a suspect, it challenges him to act again, while creating the conditions in which he has usually acted — placing women of a certain type where they could be met in the darkness of streets. And that's why the trap actually works... the killer acts according to his psychology, and he leaves a clue which puts the police on his trail… If Maigret hadn't "understood" the motivations of the killer, he wouldn't have been able to set up an effective trap… Of course, when he arrests Moncin, he hasn't completely "undertsood" him, but he is already convinced enough that he's found a "good suspect" to have no doubt about his guilt, even when another young woman is murdered while Moncin is already in jail... (tr.)
Justement si, it makes sense, parce que c'est bien de cela qu'il s'agit, lorsque, dans le roman, Maigret a une longue conversation avec le professeur Tissot à propos du tueur: c'est en essayant de cerner sa personnalité, comprendre ses motivations, sa façon d'agir, sa mentalité, que le commissaire a eu une chance de le trouver. Il ne tend pas un piège au hasard, n'importe comment, il s'appuie, comme il le dit, sur "une intuition", et sur ce que Tissot lui a dit de la psychologie des tueurs en série, et en particulier l'orgueil de ceux-ci: en faisant croire qu'il a arrêté le suspect, il met au défi le véritable tueur de se manifester à nouveau, en créant les conditions dans lesquelles il agit d'habitude: des femmes d'un certain type qu'on peut rencontrer dans la pénombre des rues… Et c'est pour cela que le piège fonctionne en réalité: le tueur a agi selon sa psychologie, et il laisse un indice qui met le policier sur la voie… S'il n'avait pas "compris" les motivations du tueur, il n'aurait pas pu tendre un piège efficace… Bien entendu, au moment où il arrête Moncin, il n'a pas encore tout "compris" de lui, mais il est déjà assez convaincu d'avoir trouvé le "bon suspect" pour ne pas avoir de doute sur sa culpabilité, même lorsqu'a lieu le meurtre sur la jeune fille, alors que Moncin est en prison…


Maigret Sets a Trap - Atkinson cover
3/11/16 – Cover of new translation by Siân Reynolds. She has already done A Crime in Holland and The Dancer at the Gai-Moulin in the new series. I haven’t read them, and although (like Benjamin and others) I do have slight doubts about some of the other new translations, I found her recent one of The Mahé Circle* excellent.

(*That’s a previously untranslated non-Maigret, and one of the three “Porquerolles novels” along with Justice and My Friend Maigret. It got a wonderful review by John Banville at the New York Review of Books blog in 2015 called Simenon’s island of bad dreams.)

PS Did Maigret ever say “If I can understand the killer, I can find him”? I’m not sure it makes sense, since how can you understand a person you haven’t found?


re: Two longer Atkinson trailers
3/9/16 – The trailers - especially the longer one from the French site - look interesting. What are the options for watching this movie in Canada? I mean, soon, not in many years until this movie makes its way to a public TV station.


Two longer Atkinson trailers
3/9/16 – David's found another Youtube trailer, and Murielle's found an interesting contiguous segment from France...

3/7/16 –

Simenon-Simenon, the international daily blog,
exclusively dedicated to Simenon

Dear web surfers — Although this site is currently the most complete and informative Maigret site on the web, there's another where you can learn a little more about Maigret's creator, Georges Simenon. Visit the blog created by Maurizio Testa, Simenon-Simenon, which offers a daily post on Simenon, alternately in three languages, Italian, French and English, as well as an international press review.

Simenon-Simenon, le blog quotidien et international
consacré exclusivement à Simenon

Chers internautes, si le site de Steve est actuellement sur le net le site le plus complet et le plus informatif sur Maigret, peut-être avez-vous envie d'en savoir un peu plus sur son créateur, le romancier Georges Simenon. Pour cela, rendez-vous sur le blog créé par Maurizio Testa, Simenon-Simenon, qui vous offre un billet quotidien sur Simenon, et cela alternativement dans trois langues, italien, français et anglais, ainsi qu'une revue de presse internationale.

Murielle and Maurizio

re: Maigret translations
3/5/16 – I've just gotten a note from Don Buck, with regard to a recent article about Simenon by John Gray, The Stark Moral World of Georges Simenon, which appeared in the NewStatesman of February 16, 2016. The section of the article which Don brought to my attention was this:

"Even in the Maigrets, the question is not why a crime was committed, but how the person who committed the crime departed from a settled routine of living, and the detective resolves the conundrum by imaginatively entering into the life of the suspect. Identifying the criminal is rarely the principal focus of the story, though this fact has been obscured for English readers by the uneven quality of the versions of those Maigrets that have been available to date, in some of which the endings were altered in an effort to make the novels more closely resemble crime fiction. The new and freshly translated versions of Simenon’s novels that Penguin is publishing give us, for the first time, the opportunity to read them as he wanted them to be read." [emphasis added]

Don has written to John Gray asking specifically which Maigrets he had in mind when he made the comment about the endings having been changed.

Certainly a number of the cinema and television versions of the Maigrets have been radically changed, including some of the endings, and some translators (notably Geoffrey Sainsbury) have taken a fair amount of liberty with Simenon's originals, but I can't think of any English translations in which the endings have been changed... Can you?

A few minor points about Gray's remarks quoted above...

  • "those Maigrets that have been available to date", suggests that he's unaware that all the Maigrets have appeared in English translation.
  • That the new Penguin translations are the first ones to be faithful to Simenon's originals is at the very least, unlikely, and clearly a questionable claim.


re: Maigret translations
3/4/16 – Benjamin is right, I discovered the same thing long ago- some translations are much better than others. So if you get a Maigret translation that does not read easily and flawlessly, do not give up on Simenon, better try a different translation or a different Maigret book. From personal experience, I find Maigret stories set in Paris more interesting and fascinating than those set elsewhere in France, Belgium, etc.


Maigret translations
3/4/16 – I've just discovered your excellent, comprehensive Maigret site. In addition to the listings of translations, do you have any comments upon the translations?

After having dithered around with different titles from the series for a long time I've just recently started making my way systematically through the entire set. The easiest translations to get a hold of are the most recent Penguin publications. However, I've felt that the language in these hasn't been as allusive or elegant as translations I have previously read.

I'm not sure if I am imagining that. Have you written upon this or are you aware of any articles that have commented upon different translations?

Thank you very much,

There have been a number of Forum articles commenting on translations, the most extensive by Peter Foord, in 2003, The Translation of Maigret Texts into English, which includes links to others. There have been a few recently about the new Penguins, like Jane Jinks, John H. Dirckx, Vladimir...


Atkinson trailer
3/3/16 –

A very brief Atkinson trailer on Youtube


re: New Simenon book by Carly and Libens
3/3/16 – 33 euro comes to $48 CAN !? Wow, books are expensive in Europe.


New Simenon book by Carly and Libens
3/3/16 –

La Belgique de Simenon - 101 scènes d'enquêtes
[Simenon's Belgium - 101 scenes of investigations]

by Michel Carly and Christian Libens

Joe Richards

re: frontispiece
3/2/16 – Thanks, Steve and Murielle. Wikipedia may not be definitive, but the full Oxford English Dictionary is supposed to be, and it bears out what you say, right down to the year 1682.

Perhaps the older meaning has not completely died out in France.

OED adds that frontispiece originally meant the decorated entrance of a building.


Murielle reports that both meanings are still current in France, and appear in modern dictionaries...


re: Boats along the Seine...
2/29/16 – Bravo! Jérôme, for your magnificent photos of Paris! It's always a great pleasure to discover them, and I'm sure I'm not the only one for whom these images instill a true feeling of nostalgia for the city of our favorite Chief Inspector...

Best regards,


re: frontispiece
2/29/16 – In Murielle's comments on Maigret's First Case, she used the French word frontispice to refer to what we would call in English, the title page. David's reply included the remark, "(But it’s on the title page in 1974, surely, not frontispiece...)", using the English word frontispiece, and I agreed with him, frontispiece refers to an illustration on the left page, facing the title page.

Murielle responded to this "correction" today, by quoting a French Wikipedia article, Page (livre), which includes, among other useful definitions, the explanation:

"Page de grand titre (ou frontispice) : la page contenant le nom de l'auteur, le titre de l'œuvre, la raison sociale de l'éditeur, la ville d'origine et le millésime de l'édition."

[The page of the large title, or frontispice, is the page containing the name of the author, the title of the work, the name of the publisher, the city of publication, and the year."]

(In short, frontispice = title page.)

However, the French Wikipedia article Frontispice_(livre), apparently contradicts this:

"Un frontispice est une illustration, placée au début d'un livre, généralement sur la fausse page (verso) qui fait face à la page de titre (recto)."

[A frontispice is an illustration, placed at the beginning of a book, generally on the false page (verso) opposite the title page (recto).]

(In short, frontispice = an illustration on the page facing the title page.)

An explantion for these divergent definitions can be found in the English Wikipedia article Book frontispiece:

A frontispiece in books generally refers to a decorative or informative illustration facing a book's title page, being the verso opposite the recto title page...
The word comes from the French frontispice...
In the 17th century, the French term came to refer to the title pages in books, which were often decorated at the time with intricate engravings that borrowed stylistic elements from architecture, such as columns and pediments. Over the course of the 16th century, the title pages of books came to be accompanied by illustrations on the facing page, known as antiporte, and the term took on the meaning it retains today as early as 1682. By then, the English spelling had also morphed, by way of folk etymology, from 'frontispice' to 'frontispiece' ('front' + 'piece').

(In short, frontispice once meant title page, but its meaning shifted in the late 17th century to the illustrated page facing it...)

frontispiece and title page of
John Raymond's "Simenon in Court" (1968)

[And this interesting state of affairs reminds us that Wikipedia, as wonderful as it is, is "crowd sourced", and explanations are not necessarily definitive...]


re: Boats along the Seine...
2/28/16 – Beautiful boats, nice picture, Jerome. I do not see this type of boat often; all boats here - we have marinas with hundreds of boats - are for ocean sailing. These in Paris must be for quiet river waters.


Boats along the Seine...
2/28/16 –

Boats along the Seine, with the Louvres in the background. Near where Simenon kept his boat in Paris

And two photos of the Quai des Orfèvres this morning...


re: Maigret's First Case 1913?
2/28/16 – Thank you, Murielle. If 1913 crept in after the first edition, that suggests an active intervention, possibly by Simenon himself. (But it’s on the title page in 1974, surely, not frontispiece, or am I wrong?*)

It half-crept in in 1958, on the English first edition cover (left). That borrows a motif from the French first reprint edition, but whereas in the French reprint, presumably circa 1950, 1913 is an afterthought in the illustration and not really part of the title, in the English edition there is no distinction between text and image, leaving it ambiguous.

On the other hand, it makes an uncharacteristically awkward and hesitant title, especially with the use of two type sizes. And later French and English editions go back again to plain La première enquête de Maigret.

And there are examples given by Yves Martina of published titles which differ from any suggested on the manuscript or typescript. For example, Maigret et le tueur.



frontispiece: an illustration facing the title page of a book.


re: Maigret's First Case 1913?
2/27/16 – At the link in David's article to Yves Martina's page on Maigret's First Case, we learn that on the typescript of the novel, conserved at the Fonds Simenon, the first title was struck out and replaced by La première enquête de Maigret (1913), apparently showing that that was the title Simenon wanted.

In fact, on the cover of the first edition, the year 1913 does not appear, nor is it on the frontispice (an interesting bibliographic term) of that book. On the first reprint edition (below), it doesn't appear directly in the title, but it is found in the image (at bottom left, below the word "rapport"). I don't know if it appears on the frontispiece, for I don't have a copy at hand. On the other hand, in the oldest reprint I do have, from 1974, (below) that year does appear on the frontispiece. And it seems likely that its appearance in later editions presents the title as Simenon wanted it.

first reprint





Maigret's First Case 1913?
2/26/16 –

Why do some people – including French Wikipedia – refer to La première enquête de Maigret as La première enquête de Maigret, 1913?

The first edition doesn’t seem to have had 1913 on the cover, but even Murielle has used the longer form here. The English first edition has Maigret’s First Case, 1913 on the dust jacket, but they don't show 1913 as if it’s part of the title...


Penguin Maigret - A Crime in Holland
2/23/16 –
A Crime in Holland

a review by Andrew Walser

When Inspector Maigret arrives in Holland, he finds a “clash between reality and . . . preconceived ideas” – a discrepancy between the “picture-postcard” version of the Netherlands, all tulips and Amsterdam, and the real thing, a “heath-covered wasteland . . . a hundred times more Nordic in character than he had imagined.” At first he delights in this discrepancy, just as his creator delights in describing the strange landscape:

The farm, in the morning sunshine of eleven o’clock, reminded him of his first steps on Dutch soil, the girl in her shiny boots in the modern cowshed, the prim and proper parlour and the teapot in its quilted cosy.

The same calm reigned now. Very far away, almost at the limit of the infinite horizon, a large brown sail floated across the field looking like some ghost ship sailing in an ocean of grassland.

Yet the charm quickly fades. A “rancid air” of hypocrisy and deceit hangs over picturesque Delfzijl, and the murder of Conrad Popinga – which Maigret has been sent, somewhat unofficially, to investigate – comes to seem like a symptom of a more fundamental violence.

Life in Delfzijl is defined by the gap between its comfortable middle-class citizens and the working-class sailors who frequent the port: “The same sky, of heavenly limpidity. But what a frontier between these two worlds!” Like many of the artists and intellectuals of his era, Simeon is inclined to sympathize with anyone but the bourgeoisie. Yet he makes an exception for Popinga, the victim, whose vitality – a tendency to flirt with milkmaids and dance to the jazz on the radio – separates him from the rest of his class. His murder becomes a figure for the destruction of life and liveliness by the powers of respectability.

Maigret’s nemesis in the novel is Professor Duclos – a criminologist, an amateur detective, and the very man the Inspector was sent to defend. The Professor is a respectable theorist, a particularly distasteful combination in this universe. True, the “set of plans and diagrams” that Duclos uses, with “dotted lines drawn on them which must indicate the paths taken by certain persons,” are reminiscent of Simenon’s own compositional practice. Yet, as Alfred Korzybski famously noted, “the map is not the territory.” In his own investigation, Maigret makes sure to actually enter the territory, to recreate the night of the crime in painstaking detail – to reconvene the Professor’s lecture, to walk with the suspects beside the canal, to tune to the radio show to which the dead man danced. The implication is that only through such a method can one discover anything like the truth. The theories of academics are less effective than a kind of imaginative projection, grounded in sensory details and psychology – less effective, in other words, than narrative art.

A few years after solving the crime, Maigret runs into Beetje the milkmaid, the object of Popinga’s dalliance, and is dismayed to find her domesticated, diminished, in the end as “respectable” as everyone else in Delfzijl. You can almost hear his disappointment: This is the future I am safeguarding? This is the order I have restored? It is one last instance of the “clash between reality and . . . preconceived ideas.”

Simenon, Georges. A Crime in Holland. trans. Siân Reynolds. London: Penguin, 2014.

Maigret’s strange wanderings - Place Dauphine and the Brasserie Dauphine
2/12/16 –

On rereading the beginning of La colère de Maigret [COL], it seemed to me that Maigret was making a strange detour to get from his office to the Brasserie Dauphine… a new little Simenon mystery to clear up…

In the first paragraph of Chapter 1 we’re told that Maigret, after having passed "under the perpetually cool archway, and through the gate flanked by two uniformed policemen", looked first "towards the courtyard, then towards the Place Dauphine, and then back towards the courtyard." The Chief Inspector was in fact hoping that some colleague might come by, which would give him a pretext for taking an apéritif at the Brasserie Dauphine. A little further along we’re told, "Normally he would have had to turn left along the Quai, towards the Pont Saint-Michel".

Up to this point, nothing strange, and, if we look at the map, we see that if Maigret had left the PJ, he would indeed have had to turn left to go towards the bridge.

However, since no one happened along, what did Maigret do? "With a slight shrug of his shoulders, he turned right instead and walked into the Place Dauphine, cutting across it diagonally. He had suddenly felt an urge, on leaving the office, to go to the Brasserie Dauphine and… to treat himself to an apéritif." And that’s just what he did…

But if we understand that he turned to the right, we have to wonder why he crossed the Place Dauphine diagonally… Looking at the location of the Brasserie on the map, why would he have passed by the Place? It would seem more logical for Maigret to simply continue down the Rue de Harlay, since the restaurant was located at the end of it…

The only hypothesis I can come up with to explain this little mystery is that by “Place Dauphine”, Simenon meant all the space in front of the stairway of the Palais de Justice, including therefore all that’s found of the Rue de Harlay on the right on our map… What do you think?

remainder of article (and pictures of the scene)
original French


re: Michel Lemoine 1944-2016
2/10/16 – Michel Lemoine's disappearance is a great loss for friends of Simenon.

Laurent Demoulin, in an article in Textyles, a Belgian magazine, wrote about him:

Parmi les nombreux spécialistes de Simenon, Michel Lemoine détient sans doute la palme de la connaissance encyclopédique. L’ensemble forme un ouvrage d’érudition étourdissant de précision. Michel Lemoine y fait montre de sa connaissance des Maigret et des romans « durs » de Simenon...
Among the many Simenon specialists, Michel Lemoine undoubtedly holds the prize for encyclopedic knowledge. The whole forms a work of erudition stunning in its precision. Michel Lemoine thereby demonstrates his understanding of Maigret and Simenon's 'hard' novels...

I own 3 of his books and they are really significant for gaining a profound insight into Simenon and Maigret.


Michel Lemoine 1944-2016
2/10/16 – This news just came in via a tweet from John Simenon: Michel Lemoine, the last of the Simenon "musketeers", has just left us. This is a very great loss to the world of Simenon studies and his scholarship will be missed...

L'Autre Univers de Simenon - Index des personnages de Georges Simenon - Liège dans l'oeuvre de Simenon - Paris chez Simenon - Liège couleur Simenon 1,2,3 - Le Liège de Simenon en cartes postales d’époque - Simenon. Ecrire l’homme - L'univers de Simenon - Georges Simenon. Album de una vida - Lumières sur le Simenon de l’aube


2/9/16 –


We’re still here. After a break of a few months, Simenon-Simenon is back. It’s not just resuming; it’s a fresh start for a new version of the daily blog dedicated to novelist Georges Simenon, a blog visited more than a million times since 2010.

In fact, beyond resuming its usual pace, Simenon-Simenon will be publishing posts in French and English as well. International media review will get greater attention, and graphics will be updated.

Thanks to a knowledgeable team of Simenon and Maigret enthusiasts, daily postings will reappear from now on. With foreign correspondents as far away as the USA, the team will cover French- and English-speaking regions in addition to Italian-speaking ones.

Simenon-Simenon renews itself in order to preserve the top position it occupied in Italy during the past years, its undertaking being singular in the blogosphere for its exclusive devotion to Simenon and for its unique daily basis.

Now, the challenge extends to all of Europe and even beyond the continent. We hope followers in past years will continue to follow us in this new form and we want as well to make ourselves known to the numerous Simenon enthusiasts worldwide.

It’s an ambitious challenge… a very ambitious one. In November of 2010, when we launched the concept of a daily blog focusing on a single figure, it was considered unrealistic. Yet, we carried on with it for almost five years… Now, after this few months break, here we are, with a new plan but an experienced group, ready to throw ourselves into this latest challenge.

And for you, our readers, we want to be more and more interesting… and entertaining! So, everyone, please join in on this February 13.


2/9/16 –


Nous sommes toujours là. Après une pause de quelques mois, Simenon-Simenon est de retour.

Et ce n'est pas qu'un simple retour. C'est un nouveau départ pour une nouvelle version du blog quotidien dédié au romancier Georges Simenon, blog qui depuis 2010 a reçu plus d'un million de visites.

En effet, dès le 13 février, Simenon-Simenon, en plus de maintenir son rythme quotidien, publiera des billets également en français et en anglais. La revue de presse internationale aura une plus grande importance, et l'apparence graphique sera renouvelée.

Ainsi, la publication quotidienne des billets se fera grâce à une équipe d'experts et de passionnés de l'écrivain et créateur du commissaire Maigret, une équipe qui couvrira également les domaines d'expression francophone et anglophone, avec des correspondants à l'étranger, et jusqu'aux États-Unis.

Simenon-Simenon se renouvelle pour maintenir cette primauté qu'il a occupée au cours des dernières années en Italie, la seule initiative, dans le monde du blog, dédiée exclusivement à Simenon, et la seule qui avait une base quotidienne.

Maintenant, le défi vise l'Europe et même au-delà du continent. Nous espérons que ceux qui nous ont suivis au cours de ces dernières années vont continuer à nous suivre dans cette nouvelle version, et nous souhaitons aussi nous faire connaître aux nombreux passionnés de Simenon dans le monde entier.

C'est un défi ambitieux ... très ambitieux. Quand nous avions lancé, en novembre 2010, l'idée d'un blog quotidien centré sur un seul personnage, cette idée avait été jugée irréaliste... Et pourtant nous l'avons poursuivie pendant près de cinq ans… Maintenant, après cette pause de quelques mois, avec un nouveau projet et un staff chevronné, nous voici prêts à nous lancer dans ce nouveau défi.

Et pour vous, nos lecteurs, nous souhaitons être de plus en plus intéressants ... et divertissants !

Rendez-vous à tous pour le 13 février.


Paris this morning...
2/7/16 –

Quai des Orfèvres

Place Dauphine


re: John Simenon and Natasha Cooper discuss Maigret on BBC Radio
2/2/16 – Further to Vladimir's recent post [1/24/16], I think the new tv version of Maigret with Rowan Atkinson in the lead part is to be screened in March.

Alan Cheshire

re: Maigret comics by Blondeau...?
1/31/16 – Murielle very helpfully drew our attention to Michel Schepens’s piece in the Cahiers about the Blondeau comic strips [1/5/16]. But I am puzzled by this list too. Samedi-Soir was a weekly, but many of the dates here are not a Saturday.

If anyone can shed light on that one, it’s Murielle! Or perhaps Michel Schepens can. Also, does the numbering of the “incomplete” strip suggest that it’s the earliest? One could imagine the last strip being incomplete, but the first?

It’s fun, incidentally, to see a 1928 pseudonymous novel, Le secret des lamas, set in the Himalayas and Calcutta, serialised in the périodique de bande dessinée Jumbo from 1943 10 03 to 1944 06 13.


Stan the Killer translator?
1/31/16 – Here are a few more entries for Stan the Killer for the bibliography:

I'm sure the first two are translated by Boucher, but I'd especially like to know the translator for the AHMM issue. Can anyone help?

Phil Stephensen-Payne

BBC Radio 4 - Maigret Gets Angry & Maigret in New York
1/26/16 –

January 9 BBC Radio 4 panel discussion, on two recent translations, Maigret Gets Angry & Maigret in New York. Tom Sutcliffe with David Schneider, Sophie Hannah and Dreda Say Mitchell. The Maigret segment runs for about 10 minutes after 18:30.

It’s great to hear people who have never read Maigret before, as two of the people here had not, reacting to these books. They feel that there is a straight novelist trying to get out of this “crime writer”. They don’t seem to know about the romans durs. How could they, when hardly anything is in print in English? And they show that they are novices when someone says that these are “late” Maigrets...


re: Dutch Maigrets
1/26/16 – I am very happy with our new Dutch lists. Thanks a lot, Murielle, you have again done a superb job! I would buy all of the 22 episodes at once (6 Brusse Maigrets plus 16 Teulings Maigrets), if they were available on DVDs. They should publish them next week (or, better still: tomorrow) with at least English subtitles! I reckon, I would become a Jan Teulings Maigret fan, too.

The heaviest cross relating to Maigret is that valuable TV material from the Georges Simenon era is buried, sealed, perhaps forgotten and damned to death in the archives. First of all I think of the original English version of the BBC Maigret (Rupert Davies), and now, equally, of the Dutch interpretations.


Murielle: "I'm done dating Dutch Maigrets!"
1/26/16 – An irresistible headline, but the fact is that Murielle has now definitively completed the list of titles and first-broadcast dates of all the Brusse and Teulings Maigret episodes which appeared on Dutch TV from 1964-1969. She's additionally discovered two previously unrecognized Teulings episodes:

12.Maigret zet een valMaigret tend un piège11/10/1968
13.De woede van MaigretLa Colère de Maigret12/8/1968

The complete lists can be seen here:

And thanks also to Berthold, who was able to confirm almost all of these from listings in the German TV magazine "HÖR ZU" of the era, which listed Dutch broadcasts viewable in that area!


Dutch Maigrets... broadcast dates
1/25/16 – In addition to her latest research, Murielle checked the broadcast dates as listed in the Utrechtsch Nieuwsblad archives, so we now have confirmed broadcast dates for all the Brusse episodes, and the Teulings episodes through the end of 1967, when the archives end. The Brusse dates were only a few days off, but the Teulings are months earlier than those previously shown, confirming that they were on Sundays, and began in 1966...:
10/23 > 10/11/64
11/20 > 11/22/64
12/18 > 12/06/64
01/29 > 01/31/65
02/26 > 02/28/65
03/26 > 03/28/65
04/11/67 > 11/06/66
04/25/67 > 12/04/66
05/23/67 > 01/29/67
06/06/67 > 02/26/67
06/20/67 > 04/23/67
07/04/67 > 05/21/67
04/09/68 > 11/12/67
04/23/68 > 12/10/67


re: Dutch Maigrets... More questions...
1/25/16 – I've found some more on the Dutch presentation of "Maigret in Nederland"... In fact it isn't a Jan Teulings episode at all, but rather a report on the unveiling of the Maigret statue at Delfzijl. The explanation is in the text that was put on line here. There's an article about it on page 16 [click on volgende pagina at right] of the (9/3/66) Utrechtsch Nieuwsblad, the same paper in which I found the L'écluse no 1 story.

British Pathé film clip of the 9-3-66 unveiling!

On checking the dates of the first episodes of the Jan Teulings series, I've confirmed that the first one on the list appeared in 1967, well after the ceremony at Delfzijl! Isn't it surprising that it was Jan Teulings who attended the ceremony, and not Brusse, since the Teulings series hadn't even begun yet!? To try to clear this up, I looked more carefully at the article above, and in the introduction, it says clearly (my free translation and emphasis): "In the Netherlands, Maigret isn't known as just a literary hero. Kees Brusse and in the future, Jan Teulings, give life to the Chief Inspector on television." In other words, the Teulings series definitely appears after the Delfzijl ceremony. Can we assume that Teulings had been invited to promote his series before its launch?



Vol. 3 trailer of German Rupert Davies Maigret
1/25/16 –
Here is a Vol. 3 trailer of the German Rupert Davies Maigret.

For one or two seconds there you can see the youngest Sergeant of Maigret's team, Lapointe, played by Neville Jason, who died on October 16, 2015 (age 81). In that series he emerges as Lapointe in 29 out of 52 episodes. There is another remarkable life date to be mentioned: Helen Shingler, who played Mme Maigret (in equally 29 episodes), fulfilled her 96th birthday in 2015. Both actors accompanied Rupert Davies as well in the 90 minutes TV special "Maigret at Bay" (BBC, 1969).


Dutch Maigrets... More questions...
1/24/16 – Thanks to Murielle's research we've answered two of the Dutch Maigret questions, but Berthold has raised a few more... with the addition of two more Teulings episodes, based on "La Tête d’un homme" and "Maigret tend un piège".

Here's the current Teulings episode list, 6 episodes in 1967, 5 in 1968, and 1 in 1969. Except for the Sunday one in 1969, all the dates are Tuesdays:

1. Maigret en zijn dode (Maigret et son mort). 1967 (4/11/1967).
2. Maigret en de blauwe avondjurk (Maigret et la jeune morte). 1967 (4/25/1967).
3. Maigret in de verdediging (Maigret se défend). 1967 (5/23/1967).
4. Het geduld van Maigret (La Patience de Maigret). 1967 (6/6/1967).
5. Maigret viert kerstmis (Un Noël de Maigret). 1967 (6/20/1967).
6. Maigret en Pieter de Let (Pietr-Le-Letton). 1967 (7/4/1967).

7. Maigret en de Kabeljauwvissers (Au Rendez-vous des Terres-Neuvas). 1968 (4/9/1968).
8. Maigret en het meisje voor dag en nacht (Félicie est là). 1968 (4/23/1968).
9. Maigret met vakantie (Les Vacances de Maigret). 1968 (5/7/1968).
10. Maigret en de drie gehangenen (L'Ecluse No. 1). 1968 (5/21/1968).
11. Maigret incognito (Maigret s’amuse). 1968 (6/4/1968).

12. Maigret en de gangsters (Maigret, Lognon et les gangsters). 1969 (3/2/1969).

"La Tête d’un homme". We find a listing for this episode here, as Maigret en de ter dood veroordeelde [appx: Maigret and the condemned-to-death man], which is shown on the Dutch book title list as "La Tête d’un homme". The listing says it was televised on January 5, 1969, and originally recored on Oct. 14, 1968. Although it doesn't indicate the cast, it's clearly within the Teulings range. Jan. 5, 1969 was a Sunday.

"Maigret tend un piège". Berthold seems to have used this picture as the basis for assigning the episode to Maigret tend un piège. It shows a date of Feb. 10, 1967, a Friday. Possible, but the other images in this collection from the same episode, or at least from one with the same date, don't look appropriate for this title: image 1   image 2   image 3   image 4   image 5

"Maigret et le fantôme". At, the site where Murielle found the Kruideniers info, they list a number of Dutch Maigret episodes, including this one, Maigret en het spook, April 27, 1969, a Sunday.

"Un crime en Hollande". The same site shows Maigret in Nederland, (Sunday) Sept. 3, 1966, here (and here).

The Last Episode. An entry at (above, the site where Berthold found [TEN]) has an entry dated Apr. 17, 1970 (a Thursday), which is marked, Laatste aflevering van de TV serie "Maigret", the last episode in the Magiret TV series. Like most of the entries at both sites, this one and, most of the titles aren't shown, and the dates vary wildly from those we have listed (above). Possibly there was a rerun series for the second half of the year. More investigation is required, as it clear that at least for the Teulings series, there are more episodes to be found.

Another correction: Along the way I noticed that for the first Brusse episode, Maigret en de inbrekersvrouw, I'd incorrectly listed the source as Maigret et le voleur paresseux, rather than the correct Maigret et la Grande Perche. Unfortunately, as is the case with many of these, the error has been perpetuated now throughout the web...

Revised Teulings List:

1. Maigret in Nederland (Un crime en Hollande). . 1966 (9/3/1966).

2. Maigret en zijn dode (Maigret et son mort). 1967 (4/11/1967).
3. Maigret en de blauwe avondjurk (Maigret et la jeune morte). 1967 (4/25/1967).
4. Maigret in de verdediging (Maigret se défend). 1967 (5/23/1967).
5. Het geduld van Maigret (La Patience de Maigret). 1967 (6/6/1967).
6. Maigret viert kerstmis (Un Noël de Maigret). 1967 (6/20/1967).
7. Maigret en Pieter de Let (Pietr-Le-Letton). 1967 (7/4/1967).

8. Maigret en de Kabeljauwvissers (Au Rendez-vous des Terres-Neuvas (?)). 1968 (4/9/1968).
9. Maigret en het meisje voor dag en nacht (Félicie est là). 1968 (4/23/1968).
10. Maigret met vakantie (Les Vacances de Maigret). 1968 (5/7/1968).
11. Maigret en de drie gehangenen (L'écluse no 1). 1968 (5/21/1968).
12. Maigret incognito (Maigret s’amuse). 1968 (6/4/1968).

13. Maigret en de ter dood veroordeelde (La Tête d’un homme). 1969 (1/5/1969).
14. Maigret en de gangsters (Maigret, Lognon et les gangsters). 1969 (3/2/1969).
15. Maigret en het spook (Maigret et le fantôme). 1969 (4/27/1969).


Brusse and Teulings episode titles
1/24/16 – Here's what I've found regarding the two episodes whose titles are in question:

1. Maigret en de Kruideniers: If you examine the episode in the imdb, and check the list of characters, they are those of La première enquête de Maigret, as confirmed here. "kruideners"= "grocers", probably because the Gendreaus were coffee producers...

2. Maigret en de drie gehangenen: This is, in fact, L'écluse no 1. The "three hanged ones" are Jean Ducrau, Bébert and Gassin. As can be seen here:

Maigret (Jan Teulings), Lapointe (Wies Andersen), and Gassin (Paul Storm)



re: John Simenon and Natasha Cooper discuss Maigret on BBC Radio
1/24/16 – With some surprise, I must admit that in this picture from BBC, Rowan Atkinson looks very convincing as a Paris police superintendent with not a trace left from Mr. Bean. As I understand from this discussion, the first episode already has been released and shown in the UK.


Maigret film clips with Brusse and Teulings
1/24/16 –
Here you can watch Kees Brusse as our chief inspector in a six-and-a-half-minute excerpt of "Maigret en de inbrekersvrouw" (literally: Maigret and the burgler's wife) ("Maigret et la Grande Perche").

And here is a four-minute excerpt of the Jan Teulings episode "Maigret en de ter dood veroordeelde" (literally: Maigret and the man condemned to death) ("La Tête d’un homme")

(In both cases you'll have to wait for the stream to download for about a minute before it will start.)

By the way, the Teulings episode from the novel "La Tête d’un homme" has not been listed yet in our sites, nor has the one adapted from "Maigret tend un piège". Surely this photo was taken from that episode (look at the teddy bear in the corner behind Teulings, as a symbol of Monsieur Moncin, the decorator, not having overcome his childhood):


re: Brusse and Teulings corrections and questions
1/23/16 – Nice work David! Very convincing - I've deleted the first series duplicates from the Teulings list, and added the two missing titles. And I concur on the date and source suggestions.

I'm afraid Haining can't get credit for these... He did miss the "s" in Teulings, but listed no Teulings films, and didn't recognize Brusse.

In fact, Brusse was still unknown to us back in 2001, where the Forum asked, "Kees Bruce?". But by 2003, Missing Maigret Actors, he'd been identified. A day later Joe Richards suggested a source for Maigret en de Kruideniers:

Would the story of Maigret en de Kruideniers with Kees Brusse be based on Maigret and the Flemish Shop? This shop, on the border between Belgium and France, sold provisions to passing bargemen. It seems to fit, especially considering that the Dutch and the Flemish are very close cousins of a sort so there would be some affinity for the orginal Dutch viewing audience.
Which certainly looks good enough to be included with a "(?)".

Another title question is Teulings #10, Maigret en de drie gehangenen (Maigret and the Three Hanged Ones). While Le Pendu de Saint-Pholien [PHO] has one person hanged, and La Péniche aux deux pendus [pen] has two, there's no story with three hanged ones... I've left it as Le Pendu de Saint-Pholien (?).

Though the Teulings series ran from 1967-69, the photo is dated 1966... advance publicity?


Brusse and Teulings corrections and questions

Kees Brusse as Maigret, 1965

Jan Teulings as Maigret, 1966
1/23/16 – Kees Brusse [1925-2013] and Jan Teulings [1905-1989] were the actors who played Maigret on Dutch television in the 1960s. We list the Brusse series (6 episodes, 1964-65) and three alleged Teulings series (6, 6 and 4 episodes, 1964-68). I have a few corrections to make, and some questions.

Which channels?
    I guess there was only one Dutch tv channel, but we don’t mention “channels”. The Internet Movie Database doesn’t either, but gives the “production company” for both the Brusse and Teulings series as Belgische Radio en Televisie (BRT). Not Dutch at all! Were the programmes shown simultaneously in Belgium?
    In the case of Teulings, we mention OTP. This is not a channel but an association of independent programme makers, the Vereniging voor Onafhankelijke TV-producenten.

Too many Teulings
    More importantly, our first Teulings series lists exactly the same 6 episodes as the 6 in the Brusse series and says that they were broadcast on the same day.
    I don’t think there were two rival Maigret camps not speaking to each other, so our Teulings series 1 needs to be taken out!
    That leaves 10 Teulings episodes instead of 16. Teulings starts in 1967, not 1964.

… and too few Teulings
    6 and 4 episodes respectively for the remaining Teulings series suggests that the last might be missing a couple of episodes.
    And shows that to be the case: we need to add Maigret incognito, shown on 1968 06 04, and Maigret en de gangsters, shown on 1969 03 02. So there are really 12 Teulings episodes, running from 1967 to 1969.
    Kees Molders’s Dutch checklist suggests that Maigret incognito was based on Maigret s’amuse. We don’t need its help to identify Maigret en de gangsters.
    imdb agrees with our broadcast dates for the 10 “true” Teulings episodes and for 5 of the 6 Brusse episodes. (Dutch Wikipedia doesn’t have a listing.)

Maigret at the Grocer’s
    Our “false” Teulings series 1 list gives the date of Maigret en de kruidenier as 1964 01 29.
    Our Brusse list gives it as 1965 01 29.
    imdb gives it as 1964 01 29. My guess from the rhythm of the Brusse dates is that 1965 01 29 is correct. In which case imdb is wrong here. Can anyone guess what that episode is based on?

Which mistake?
    Our “false” Teulings list shows De moedwillige vergissing as based on the story Une erreur de Maigret (Maigret’s Mistake).
    Our Brusse list shows it as based on the novel Maigret se trompe (also called Maigret’s Mistake in English). imdb and Dutch Wikipedia do not say what anything is based on.
    As everything else in these series that we can identify is based on a novel, I would put my money on Maigret se trompe – which was published in Holland as De vergissing van Maigret. The story was published as Een vergissing van Maigret.

Maigret and the Blue Evening Dress
    Our “true” Teulings list and imdb have Maigret en de blauwe avondjurk (literally Maigret and the Blue Evening Dress).
    We don’t say what that was based on – but I am sure it was Maigret et la jeune morte. Molders gives the Dutch title of that novel correctly as Maigret en de blauwe avondjapon. Avondjurk and avondjapon are both correct Dutch, but the tv version apparently had a different name – or we and imdb list it wrongly.
    I don’t know whether any of the published filmographies have already said what I am saying! Please correct what I’ve got wrong here.
    Do some of the confusions come out of the never-reliable The Complete Maigret by Peter Haining?

All the best

John Simenon and Natasha Cooper discuss Maigret on BBC Radio

1/22/16 – John Simenon and Natasha Cooper discuss Maigret on BBC Radio 4, January 8.

David Derrick

re: Maigret films/tv with English subtitles?

Anne Bellec as Mme Maigret in Maigret et l'affaire Saint-Fiacre

1/22/16 – I'm bemused by Peter Johnson's comment [1/11/16] that the Bruno Cremer videos disappoint because of the lack of Mme Maigret. I have just watched The St Fiacre Affair and Mme Maigret certainly features (although to complicate matters she doesn't feature in the book). Mme Maigret appears in other Cremer episodes, once when she is recovering from an appendectomy.

Thank you Murielle for pointing to the Amazon Jean Gabin dvds with English sub-titles [1/15/16]. Unfortunately Amazon/the exporter will not send them to New Zealand. I don't know why.

Does anyone have information on when the BBC will reintroduce the Rupert Davies Maigret series? Perhaps Penguin Books could persuade the BBC that a reintroduction would be commercially valuable alongside the new Penguin Maigret series?

D J Greenfield
New Zealand

Maigret poster
1/19/16 – In search of Maigret news I discovered a good old movie poster that I haven't found yet in our poster section: Heinz Rühmann as Maigret. [The French version of Maigret und sein größter Fall, based on La Danseuse du Gai-Moulin.]

That movie does have an English title, too: "Enter Inspector Maigret". But I don't know if it has ever been shown in English-speaking cinemas. According to a California newspaper*, it appeared several times in 1970 on Palm Springs TV, as late-night mystery reruns. Maybe with subtitles.

*"The Desert Sun", April 10, 1970, Palm Springs, California (Vol. 43, No. 212), p. 20


Sette piccole croci
1/17/16 – Berthold mentions [1/14/16] Un Natale di Maigret in the 1964-72 Cervi TV series. It’s interesting to note that much earlier, in 1957, Rai 1 put on a semi-Maigret, Sept petites croix dans un carnet, which is another Christmas story from the same book.

The credits have very much the same style and flavour as those in the series, with ordinary street scenes and atmospheric music. They feel like a dry run for Cervi. But the rest is shot on a low budget in one room.

The actor who plays Janvier also appears, in a different role, with Cervi in 1967 in the last-ever Maigret cinema movie, Le Commissaire Maigret à Pigalle/Maigret a Pigalle.

You can turn on YouTube subtitles for Sette piccole croci, but you get mainly gobbledegook. Still, it’s a nice opening.

David Derrick

re: Maigret films/tv with English subtitles?
1/16/16 – Very nice, there you have found something! In the meantime, I've found out that one of the Jean Gabin Maigrets (Maigret tend un piège / Maigret Sets a Trap) already had English subtitles from the US cinema premiere in 1958. The film title there in the beginning was simply "Inspector Maigret", later on also known in the States as "Woman Bait". A movie review by Bosley Crowther, published in The New York Times on October 9, 1958, says towards the end, "Some very good English subtitles translate the very good French dialogue."


re: Maigret films/tv with English subtitles?
1/15/16 –

And at you can find DVDs of two Jean Gabin films with English subtitles:
Maigret tend un piège [Maigret sets a trap] and Maigret et l'affaire Saint-Fiacre [Maigret and the Saint-Fiacre affair].


re: Maigret films/tv with English subtitles?
1/15/16 – Jean Gabin 'Maigret' is also available in Russian. It is two hours long and includes few events that are not in the book.


re: Maigret films/tv with English subtitles?
1/14/16 –
Surely on the one hand Maigret is an international phenomenon, and, on the other hand, a national one as well. I suffer from this awareness, too. For example, at Christmas I watched "Un Natale Di Maigret" (Gino Cervi) in Italian, although I don't even understand a word of that language. As far as I know, the only Cervi Maigret that also does exist in French and in German, is "Maigret a Pigalle", and, unfortunately, the German version at present seems to be lost (but it really was in German and Dutch cinemas in the sixties). I already would be happy with German or English subtiteled Cervi Maigrets.

In the Netherlands they didn't want the Rupert Davies Maigret at that time, they preferred to produce a well made series themselves, with, firstly, Kees Brusse as Maigret, and than with Jan Teulings. But they did use a number of scripts from the British series, for example some written by Giles Cooper. I would be very delighted to watch a few (or all) Netherlands Maigrets, even in the Dutch language (although I wouldn't understand a word), but that series seems to be very hidden in the archives.

In Germany they produced a Maigret film with German star actor Heinz Rühmann, after Rupert Davies had stepped back from the leading role. That film appeared also as an Italian and a French version (Maigret und sein größter Fall / Il caso difficile del commissario Maigret / Maigret fait mouche), but not in English (not even with English subtitles, as far as I know).

Fortunately, the Jean Gabin Maigrets can be watched in French, Italian, Spanish and German, but do they exist in English, at least with English subtitles? - Why not?

Maigret Michael Gambon only exists in English and Spanish, but, hopefully, the new Rowan Atkinson Maigret will be a real international detective ...

Kind regards,

Maigret films/tv with English subtitles?
1/11/16 – As a lover of Maigret, I have seen (I think) all of the dvds/videos in English or with English subtitles, such as the ones with Bruno Cremer (which are not my favourite due to the absence of a Mme Maigret).

Do you know of any other productions with English subtitles? I seem to recall a few years ago seeing a reference to some for the French Film Festival in London, some of the older versions made in France probably, that looked interesting but I can’t track them down. Can you help?

With many thanks,
Peter Johnson

re: BBC Worldwide Shops "Maigret"...
1/11/16 – Sadly, no Canadian or USA broadcasters are listed as potential purchasers. If so, we from "across the pond' will be out of luck for some years. On the other hand ... I am waiting to read on this forum reviews from our European members: - Are these series as good as anticipated? The length - 2 hours - is a sign of possible "slow action" (long walks, circular philosophical discussions, etc.).


BBC Worldwide Shops "Maigret" to International Broadcasters
1/10/16 –

BBC Worldwide Shops "Maigret" to International Broadcasters

January 10, 2016
Posted by News on News
Published in BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide has announced pre-sales of Maigret to French public television channel - France 3, German public broadcaster ARD, Swedish broadcaster TV4 and Denmark’s DR ahead of its launch to market at BBC Worldwide Showcase (22 – 24 February 2016).

The deals mark BBC Worldwide’s first international sales of the 2 x 120’ dramatic films, Maigret Sets A Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man, featuring the legendary French fictional detective Jules Maigret, played by Rowan Atkinson.

Tobi de Graaff, Executive Vice President of Western Europe at BBC Worldwide: “The Maigret novels are some of the most classic detective stories of their time, and we’re delighted to be bringing one of the best-known characters in world literature, along with one of the greatest international stars, to viewers worldwide.”

Set in Paris in the 1950’s, Rowan Atkinson, who is best known for portraying iconic characters such as Johnny English, Blackadder and Mr Bean, will play the dramatic role of Jules Maigret, the magnificently measured and insightful French detective. Georges Simenon, who wrote 75 Maigret novels, is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century –selling around a billion books worldwide to date.

Maigret is written by Stewart Harcourt (Love & Marriage, Treasure Island, Marple) and produced by Jeremy Gwilt (Undeniable, Foyle’s War, Torn, Home Fires). The Executive Producers are Barnaby Thompson (Easy Virtue, Dorian Gray, St. Trinians) and Ben Latham-Jones (Nina, D Train, Midsummer Nights Dream) for Ealing Studios, John Simenon and Paul Aggett for Maigret Productions, and Stewart Harcourt. It has been commissioned by ITV.

BBC Worldwide is the international partner for Maigret and will oversee the global rights for the series in all territories outside the UK.

re: Two different covers?
1/9/16 –
The Penguin UK website shows the "old" cover (left), while the Penguin USA site shows the "new" cover (right). (In other cases they have had identical covers.)

David Derrick

re: Maigret Music themes
1/8/16 – Let me add three Maigret music themes that also belong to my favorites:

Bruno Cremer Maigret Theme by Laurent Petitgirard
Gino Cervi "Maigret a Pigalle" Theme by Armando Trovaioli
Michael Gambon Maigret Theme by Nigel Hess

And, of course, I could go on as well ...

Kind regards

re: I remember...

Thanks Murielle!!
Merci Beaucoups!!

1/5/16 –

Your contributions to this site over the past 10 years are the most valuable of all!!

I'm sure I speak for all Maigretphiles in saying how enriched we are by your passionate and creative writings!

To the next 10 years!

in appreciation,

I remember...
1/5/16 –'s nearly the end of 2005... I've recently rediscovered the world of Maigret, thanks to DVDs of the Jean Richard series, a lovely memory from my childhood. And as I've just made my first steps into the world of the web, I go looking for sites about my favorite Chief Inspector. And that's how I discover a site in English, wonderfully filled with information about Maigret, his world, and Simenon. The site is managed by Steve Trussel, and it provides a very active Forum, where internet Maigretphiles come, not only to post questions, but also to provide valuable information. I visit regularly, and one day, "titillated" by a question about an orthographic detail (Porquerollité, 12/23/05, Oz Childs), I gather my courage in both hands and present my own response...

How things developed from there is what I've attempted to reconstruct by going back through the Forum archives to find my own contributions... not in any sense to revel in my accomplishments, but simply to show how a simple interest can quickly develop into a consuming passion.

It was in May, 2006 that for the first time I dared to enter into some "friendly competition" with Peter Foord by presenting my first contribution to a Maigret of the month, one of the most original features Steve created. Now things have been set into motion... getting into it, I reread the entire Maigret saga, and begin my first purchases of reference books on the world of Simenon and Maigret, and soon I want to display my little studies to the world, for I've discovered that the saga is, really, a universe that I want to decipher. First there was "Maigret and his collaborators", then a study on the titles of the chapters of the novels, followed by a first pastiche ("Murder in a minor key"). And then a study of Maigret's wardrobe, and one about his pipe... and all that between August and December of that same year, 2006!

In other words, I'd "caught the bug", and it was never going to go away... From Maigret of the month to various studies, through small contributions in response to questions from users, I began to be part of the the regular team of active users of the site: Jérôme and his marvellous photos, the late Peter Foord, David Derrick, David Simmons, Joe, Roddy, Mattias, Keith, Vladimir, Ward, John Dirckx, and more recently, Berthold Deutschmann, Arlene Blade and Andrew Walser, to mention only those names appearing most often... but also so many others (Jane, Viola, Ian, etc…), who come from time to time to add their little stones to the huge building this site has become...

Steve has created a page in the "texts" section with a chronological index of the articles appearing on the site. If you're curious enough to take a look, you'll see that from the year 2006, it's my name which appears most often, and is, in fact, pervasive... In all modesty, I can say that I'm not a little proud of this position, because I hope that in my way, I've contributed to make this extraordinary site one of the major references for those who want to know Maigret's world...

And I ask myself, how would I have lived, since 2005, almost 10 years, without knowing Steve's site...?! This site about to celebrate 20 years of existence, an almost exceptional longevity in this world where on the internet, even more than anywhere else, everything changes very quickly, passing rapidly from "fashionable" to "vintage", and then to "has been"... I measure all the more the exceptionality of this time since I know, having co-managed Jacques-Yves Depoix's site since 2008, before taking over full responsiblity since 2011, and having created my own site in 2008, how much energy it takes to maintain an active site, constantly finding new ideas, staying aware of news and current events...

The site finds its strength in the fact that it is a "bible" for those who want to know Maigret's world, thanks to the features Steve has set up, above all, the "Maigret Encyclopedia", but also the sum of magazine articles about Simenon, the bibliographic and cinematographic information, the Maigret of the month, not to mention all the information arriving via the Forum. But it's also an international rendez-vous for Maigretphiles from every country, who find here a place to share their passion... Long live this wonderful site, with the hope that it will one day celebrate 30, 40, or even 50 years!

original French


re: Davies series theme music
1/5/16 – But it isn’t just a matter of that Grainer track vs Quelle!

My favourite Maigret theme is Luigi Tenco’s song Un giorno dopo l’altro for the Gino Cervi Maigret series which ran on Rai 1 in Italy from 1964 to ’72.

Tenco was the lover of the French-Italian-Egyptian singer Dalida, who began life in the cabarets of Cairo, like Sylvie Baron in Simenon’s Le locataire. I don’t know whether Tenco wrote the song and whether it had a pre-Maigret life, but it works hauntingly in the credits. See here on YouTube.

And that’s not the only good music in the Cervi series. See Le inchieste del Commissario Maigret on YouTube.

I have 3 hours and 19 minutes of Simenon music, nearly all of it Maigret-related, on a playlist, and that’s only what I’ve bought from iTunes. Some of Nicola Piovani’s music for a forgotten Maigret series on the Italian Canale 5 with Sergio Castellitto (2004, I am not sure whether more than 2 episodes were actually made) is excellent. He worked with Fellini.

Michel Michelet’s music for the credits of The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949, after La tête d’un homme), which has Charles Laughton as Maigret, is memorable. It’s in a few places online, in rough sound. For example here. The sudden juxtapositions aren’t to do with bad film editing: they were the style of the time.

I could go on...

David Derrick

re: Maigret comics by Blondeau...?: Thank you, Murielle. Very helpful. I keep meaning to go through all the Cahiers and Traces – and all your articles.

re: 20 Years!
1/5/16 – Steve, you have done a super job running this website for Maigret fans. Keep on!


re: Maigret comics by Blondeau...?
1/5/16 – Michel Schepens's essay in Cahiers Simenon no 27 reveals that the correct years for Blondeau's Maigret productions should be 1950-1955:

Cahiers Simenon no 27 (2013)

Maigret en bandes dessinées et en romans-photos
Essai de bibliographie

Michel Schepens

Série « Le commissaire Maigret »
Bandes dessinées d'après les romans de Georges SIMENON publiées chez Arthème Fayard et aux Presses de la Cité.
Adaptations : Jacques Blondeau.
In Samedi-Soir, hebdomadaire. Paris.
Quinze récits (le quinzième est resté inachevé). 1473 bandes.
© Opéra Mundi.

1. Le Chien jaune, 114 bandes. nos 281-299, du 18/11/1950 au 24/03/1951. Repris dans Semaine du Nord, revue éditée par La Voix du Nord, Lille. Cinq bandes par numéro. Début : no 48. semaine du 25/02 au 03/03 1955.
2. Le Port des brumes, 150 bandes, nos 300-325, du 31/03 au 30/09/1951.
3. La Pipe de Maigret, 48 bandes. nos 326-333. du 06/10 au 24/11/1951.
4. L'Amie de Mme Maigret, 76 bandes, nos 334-349, du 01/12/1951 au 08/03/1952.
5. Maigret au Picratt's, 90 bandes. nos 350-366. du 15/03 au 05/07/1952.
6. Les Vacances de Maigret, 104 bandes, nos 367-390, du 12*07 au 18/12/1952.
7. Maigret en meublé, 95 bandes, nos 391-416, du 24/12/1952 au 18/06/1953.
8. Maigret, Lognon et les gangsters, 102 bandes, nos 417-443, du 25/06 au 24/12/1953.
9. Maigret et la vieille dame, 60 bandes. nos 444-458, du 25/12/1953 au 08/04/1954.
10. Maigret se trompe, 68 bandes, nos 459-457, du 15/04 au 05/08/1954.
11. Maigret et la guinguette [d'après La Guinguette à deux sous], 104 bandes, nos 476-502, du 12/08/1954 au 03/02/1955.
12. Le Revolver de Maigret, 120 bandes, nos 503-531, du 10/02 au 31/08/1955.
13. Maigret et la jeune morte, 64 bandes, nos 532-547, du 07/09 au 21/12/1955.
14. Maigret tend un piège, 78 bandes, à partir du nos 548 du 28/12/1955.
15. Récit inachevé (titre non identifié), 20 bandes, numérotées 79-198.

Rééditions : Paris-Journal, Paris-Jour, La Dépêche du Midi, Le Courrier Picard, Nord-Matin, La Montagne, Le Télégramme de Brest (1952), Le Nouveau Méridional, L'Echo-Soir d'Alger.


re: Maigret comics by Blondeau...?
1/4/16 – Thanks, David - very astute observation. Where did I get that (mis-?)information, and what's the truth of the matter?

Maigret in the Comics has been on the Gallery page for over 15 years, at least as far back as October, 1999, and the information there about Blondeau first appeared in Nov. 1999 as a link to, a (1998) page entitled "La bande dessinée policière", a page no longer active on the web and only accessible via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, which shows the page as late as December 2004. The list of fourteen serialized novels and the dates 1950-1953 were given on that site, and five reference sources were cited .

In July, 2011, I dropped the link and added the information (originally in a posting to the Forum) to the Gallery page, as the site was no longer dependable.

A search of the internet today results in a repetition of the information here, all sources reporting 1950-1953 for the years Blondeau drew the Maigret comics for a number of newspapers. It's possible of course, that some of that repetition is from information on this site.

However, on Maurizio Testa's (Italian) Simenon blog site, last mentioned here as the original site for Murielle's "Maigret's Mustache" article [8/3/15], there's a 9/28/2014 posting by illustrator, Maigret enthusiast and collector, Giancarlo Malagutti, listing fourteen Maigret novels drawn by Blondeau, and the number of episodes/strips for each. He begins his description with [appx. translation from the Italian] "Inspector Maigret, titled only as "Maigret" was published in France in daily strips, from Monday to Saturday, from 1950 to 1953, a total of 1,273 strips"...

Presumably, he bases his dates on actual publication dates of the newspapers, and so I've sent a question to that page, requesting the publication dates for the newspapers which ran the two series in question. I'll share any information I receive to try and clear up this question...


Maigret comics by Blondeau...?
1/4/16 – You list the Maigrets which were serialised as Jacques Blondeau comics in French newspapers between 1950 and 1953. But at least two of the titles you mention, Maigret et la jeune morte and Maigret tend un piège, did not appear in book form until after 1953.

Is it likely that they were put into comic strip form before they were published? Especially when, according to Yves Martina's site, there was no [known] “préoriginale” publication for Blondeau to refer to?

All best
David Derrick

Happy New Year!
1/2/16 – I wish you a Happy New Year and many thanks for all the work you put into the Maigret web site & forum. This is really a place that provides interesting information and allows all Maigret friends to exchange ideas. Thanks a lot for this.

Toutes mes Amitiés Maigretienne


re: 20 Years!
1/2/16 – Congratulations to you, , Steve, for having reached the 20th Anniversary of this Maigret site! I am looking forward to a big celebration on this year's August 29!


20 Years!

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
1/1/16 – This year marks the 20th Anniversary of this Maigret site! It "went on the air" on August 29, 1996, "broadcasting" from Tokyo, via and is still going today, from sunny Honolulu, Hawaiʻi!

Before the first year was up, we had a Forum, and it wasn't long before we were hearing from Maigretphiles world-wide, whose names still appear here... John Dirckx, Oz Childs, Vladimir Krasnogor, Jérôme Devémy, Don Greenfield, Mattias Siwemyr, Przemyslaw Charzynski... to name a few who've been visiting since the first few years.

Who have I missed? Whether you're a long-time visitor or a new-comer - this would be a great time to sign in and say hello - let us hear how you found the site, what you like about it, what brought you here, why you're a Maigret fan, what your favorite story is, what you like to see...whatever!

Happy New Year to us all!

I'm looking forward to hearing from you... and another Maigret year!


Happy New Year!
12/30/15 –

    The streets were icy. Maigret turned up the collar of his overcoat and rushed into the little bar in the middle of the Pont-Neuf. He ordered a grog, and the hot liquid immediately gave him a feeling of well-being, reminding him, though he didn’t quite know why, of the flu he’d had when he was ten. In fact it had been the very same time of year, around the 31st of December, and he’d been in Nantes, at his aunt’s house. He’d spent Christmas in Saint-Fiacre with his father, and then he’d left on the little night train. Had it been at the church that he’d caught cold? He remembered that he’d shivered during the midnight mass. Or maybe on the way back to the château, with the wind chasing the leaves before him? There hadn’t been any snow that year either, and the Chief Inspector felt the same disappointment as when he’d been a child.

    By the time he’d arrived at his uncle’s bakery in Nantes, he'd been sneezing constantly, his nose red from blowing it during the entire trip. His aunt had immediately noticed that his eyes were too bright, put her hand to his already burning forehead, and sent him to bed. Little Jules hadn’t protested. She’d brought him some herb tea, in which she’d put some rum. Maybe a little too much, for the child had felt himself slipping into an agreeable drowsiness, accentuated by the dampness of the bed already soaked with his sweat. He’d had strange dreams, whose content he couldn’t exactly remember, except that they’d been pleasant, and that when he woke up, he’d tried to prolong the feeling by keeping his eyes tightly shut.

    Maigret swallowed his second grog, pushed open the door of the bar and found himself once more in the cold air. The difference in temperature made his blood pulse quickly at his temples, and he felt a bit dizzy. He walked quickly, crossed the bridge, and came to the Quai de la Mégisserie, which he followed to the Place du Châtelet. He headed towards Hôtel de Ville, taking Rue de Rivoli to the great department store, Les Grands Magasins du Louvre. There, slipping between the passers-by, he pressed his face to the window and watched, in the illuminated display, the running of an electric train through a snow-covered landscape. The passengers were teddy bears, and dolls in frilly dresses.

    It was when he saw next to him a boy with a mop of red hair, the string of a red balloon clutched tightly in his cold hand, that he made his decision. He walked on, crossed the Place des Vosges, where the fountains sent forth water so silver they seemed frosted, and reached the Boulevard Richard-Lenoir. Climbing the stairs, he put on a haggard face, but he could hardly hide the little flame gleaming in his eyes.

    Mme Maigret opened the door, needing but a glance to understand, when her husband said... "I think I’m coming down with the flu." Not taken in, she smiled and sent him to bed, making him some herb tea with plenty of rum.

    That evening the Maigrets didn’t go out to a restaurant to celebrate the arrival of the new year. The Chief Inspector spent the night sweating in his bed, having strange dreams. But it was all quite pleasant. And when, in the morning, his wife awoke him with his coffee, he kissed her tenderly, and promised to take her to Alsace that day. Who knows, the two sisters might find time to prepare some fragrant cinnamon pastries, and his brother-in-law might notice that there was still an old bottle of sloe gin to uncork…

Happy New Year fellow Maigretphiles!

Original French




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Maigret of the Month - 2012

JanuaryVente à la bougie - Sale by Auction (1939)
FebruaryLa pipe de Maigret - Maigret's Pipe (1945)
MarchMaigret et l'inspecteur malgracieux - Maigret and the Surly Inspector (1946)
AprilLe témoignage de l'enfant de chœur - The Evidence of the Altar-Boy (1946)
MayLe client le plus obstiné du monde - The Most Obstinate Man in the World (1946)
JuneOn ne tue pas les pauvres types - Death of a Nobody (1946)
JulyMenaces de mort - Death Threats (1942)
AugustTrain de nuit - Night Train (1930)
SeptemberLa jeune fille aux perles - The Girl with the Pearls (1932)
OctoberLa femme rousse - The Redhead (1933)
NovemberLa maison de l'inquiétude) - The House of Anxiety (1930)


Maigret of the Month - 2011

JanuaryUne erreur de Maigret - Maigret's Mistake (1936)
FebruaryL'Amoureux de Madame Maigret - Madame Maigret's Admirer (1939)
MarchLa vieille dame de Bayeux - The Old Lady of Bayeux (1939)
AprilL'Auberge aux noyés - The Drowned Men's Inn (1938)
MayStan le tueus - Stan the Killer (1938)
JuneL'Étoile du Nord - At the Étoile du Nord. (1938)
JulyTempête sur la Manche - Storm in the Channel (1938)
AugustMademoiselle Berthe et son amant - Mademoiselle Berthe and her Lover (1938)
SeptemberLe Notaire du Châteauneuf - The Three Daughters of the Lawyer (1938)
OctoberL'improbable Monsieur Owen - The Unlikely M. Owen (1938)
NovemberCeux du Grand Café - The Group at the Grand Café. (1938)
DecemberL'Homme dans la rue - The Man in the Street (1939)


Maigret of the Month - 2010

JanuaryLa Folle de Maigret - Maigret and the Madwoman (1970)
FebruaryMaigret et l'homme tout seul - Maigret and the Loner (1971)
MarchMaigret et l'indicateur - Maigret and the Informer (1971)
AprilMaigret et Monsieur Charles - Maigret and Monsieur Charles (1972)
MayLa Péniche aux deux pendus - Two Bodies on a Barge (1944)
JuneL'Affaire du Boulevard Beaumarchais - The Mysterious Affair in the Boulevard Beaumarchais (1944)
JulyLa Fenêtre ouverte - The Open Window (1944)
AugustMonsieur Lundi - Mr. Monday (1944)
SeptemberJeumont, 51 minutes d'arrêt - Jeumont, 51 Minutes' Stop! (1944)
OctoberPeine de mort - Death Penalty (1944)
NovemberLes Larmes de bougie - Death of a Woodlande (1944)
DecemberRue Pigalle - In the Rue Pigalle (1944)


Maigret of the Month - 2009

JanuaryMaigret et le clochard - Maigret and the Bum (1963)
FebruaryLa Colère de Maigret - Maigret Loses His Temper (1963)
MarchMaigret et le fantôme - Maigret and the Ghost (1963)
AprilMaigret se défend - Maigret on the Defensive (1964)
MayLa Patience de Maigret - Maigret Bides His Time (1965)
JuneMaigret et l'affaire Nahour - Maigret and the Nahour Case (1966)
JulyLe Voleur de Maigret - Maigret's Pickpocket (1967)
AugustMaigret à Vichy - Maigret in Vichy (1968)
SeptemberMaigret hésite - Maigret Hesitates (1968)
OctoberL'Ami d'enfance de Maigret - Maigret's Boyhood Friend (1968)
NovemberMaigret et le tueur - Maigret and the Killer (1969)
DecemberMaigret et le marchand de vin - Maigret and the Wine Merchant (1970)

Maigret of the Month - 2008

JanuaryMaigret tend un piège - Maigret sets a trap (1955)
FebruaryUn échec de Maigret - Maigret's Failure (1956)
MarchMaigret s'amuse - Maigret's Little Joke (1957)
AprilMaigret voyage - Maigret and the Millionaires (1958)
MayLes Scrupules de Maigret - Maigret Has Scruples (1958)
JuneMaigret et les témoins récalcitrants - Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses (1959)
JulyUne confidence de Maigret - Maigret Has Doubts (1959)
AugustMaigret aux assises - Maigret in Court (1960)
SeptemberMaigret et les vieillards - Maigret in Society (1960)
OctoberMaigret et le voleur paresseux - Maigret and the Lazy Burglar (1961)
NovemberMaigret et les braves gens - Maigret and the Black Sheep (1962)
DecemberMaigret et le client du samedi - Maigret and the Saturday Caller (1962)

Maigret of the Month - 2007

JanuaryMaigret au "Picratt's" - Maigret in Montmartre (1951)
FebruaryMaigret en meublé - Maigret Takes a Room (1951)
MarchMaigret et la grande perche - Maigret and the Burglar's Wife (1951)
AprilMaigret, Lognon et les gangsters - Maigret and the Gangsters (1952)
MayLe Revolver de Maigret - Maigret's Revolver (1952)
JuneMaigret et l'homme du banc - The Man on the Boulevard (1953)
JulyMaigret a peur - Maigret Afraid (1953)
AugustMaigret se trompe - Maigret's Mistake (1953)
SeptemberMaigret à l'école - Maigret Goes to School (1954)
OctoberMaigret et la jeune morte - Maigret and the Young Girl (1954)
NovemberMaigret chez le ministre - Maigret and the Calame Report (1954)
DecemberMaigret et le corps sans tête - Maigret and the Headless Corpse (1955)

Maigret of the Month - 2006

JanuaryL'Inspecteur Cadavre - Maigret's Rival (1944)
FebruaryMaigret se fâche - Maigret in Retirement (1947)
MarchMaigret à New York - Maigret in New York (1947)
AprilLes Vacances de Maigret - No Vacation for Maigret (1948)
MayMaigret et son mort - Maigret's Special Murder (1948)
JuneLa première enquête de Maigret, 1913 - Maigret's First Case (1949)
JulyMon ami Maigret - My Friend Maigret (1949)
AugustMaigret chez le coroner - Maigret at the Coroner's (1949)
SeptemberMaigret et la vieille dame - Maigret and the Old Lady (1950)
OctoberL'Amie de Mme Maigret - Madame Maigret's Own Case (1950)
NovemberLes Mémoires de Maigret - Maigret's Memoirs (1951)
DecemberUn Noël de Maigret - Maigret's Christmas (1951)

Maigret of the Month - 2005

JanuaryL'affaire Saint-Fiacre - Maigret Goes Home (1932)
FebruaryChez les Flamands - The Flemish Shop (1932)
MarchLe port des brumes - Death of a Harbormaster (1932)
AprilLe fou de Bergerac - The Madman of Bergerac (1932)
MayLiberty Bar - Liberty Bar, Maigret on the Riviera (1932)
JuneL'écluse n° 1 - The Lock at Charenton (1933)
JulyMaigret - Maigret Returns (1934)
AugustLes Caves du Majestic - Maigret and the Hotel Majestic (1942)
SeptemberLa Maison du juge - Maigret in Exile (1942)
OctoberCécile est morte - Maigret and the Spinster (1942)
NovemberSigné Picpus - Maigret and the Fortuneteller (1944)
DecemberFélicie est là - Maigret and the Toy Village (1944)

Maigret of the Month - 2004

JanuaryLe chien jaune - The Yellow Dog
FebruaryM. Gallet décédé - Maigret Stonewalled
MarchLa nuit du carrefour - Maigret at the Crossroads
AprilLe charretier de la Providence - Maigret Meets a Milord
MayLa tête d'un homme - A Battle of Nerves
JuneUn crime en Hollande - Maigret in Holland
JulyPietr-le-Letton - Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett
AugustLe pendu de Saint-Pholien - Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets
SeptemberAu rendez-vous des Terre-Neuvas - The Sailor's Rendezvous
OctoberLa danseuse du Gai-Moulin - Maigret at the Gai-Moulin
NovemberLa guinguette à deux sous - Maigret and the Tavern by the Seine
DecemberL'ombre chinoise - Maigret Mystified



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