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On Christmas evening at 9pm ITV will air Mairgret’s Dead Man. The latest in ITV’S feature film adaption of Georges Simennes classic detective novels and short stories, Mairgret.

Following Maigret Sets a Trap, aired Easter Monday this year, Rowan Atkinson returns in another gripping 2-hour mystery, uncovering deadly lies and rebuilding shattered relationships.

Here is a taste of Stewart Hardcourts’ screen transformation of the 29th novel in the Maigret series,

Maigret Et Son Morte.





Golden Age of Murder: The Legacy

Panel: Jill Paton Walsh, John Simenon, Martin Edwards chaired by Jake Kerridge

When it comes to discussing the legacy of ‘The Golden Age of Crime’ it’s hard to imagine a more compelling line-up of speakers than Martin Edwards (author of The Golden Age of Murder), John Simenon, son of the creator of ‘Maigret’ Georges Simenon, and Jill Paton Walsh (acclaimed for her Lord Peter Wimsey–Harriet Vane mysteries that have completed or continued the work of Dorothy L Sayers). Jake Kerridge (arts critic for The Telegraph) will chair this panel.

Part of Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime weekend, Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 March in Southend-on-Sea. Get your tickets HERE


To read and leave a review for some of Georges Simenon’s work, simply sign up to Netgalley as a reader or reviewer and then select the titles below that you wish to read:






A sneak peak behind the scenes of the ITV Maigret set in Budapest starring Rowan Atkinson:

budapest set


And Georges Simenon’s son, John Simenon, starring as an extra!

john on set


simenon blogger event - john simenon and camilla shestopal 13 june 2015PFD on behalf of Georges Simenon Ltd held an event for Bloggers on Saturday 13th June at the Groucho Club.  It was such a great opportunity and pleasure to meet the wonderful bloggers who came, and all were so enthusiastic about the Simenon works and Inspector Maigret, from all  perspectives – crime blogging, translation fiction, appreciating the atmospheric, psychological and evocative plots.  We were so thrilled to have John Simenon present, who talked about his father: how Georges Simenon planned his writing and also how he considered himself to be a father first, and a writer second.

There are 391 novels in all, 75 of which feature Inspector Maigret: they are crime led, roughly novella length, addictive and leave you desperate to read the next one!    His remaining 316 novels were known as the ‘Romans Durs’.  These are stand alone novels, also of novella length and also addictive in their own way.   The aim of the event was to encourage all to read and enjoy the books and become part of the Simenon community; to pick up, not just one, but many titles, many times, and read a Simenon book often which we guarantee will feed and satisfy reading appetites!   We are so pleased that we are helping to spread the word especially with the wonderful blogs which have since been written:



‘I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov’

William Faulkner

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