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Maigret 19

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Below is a free exert from the audiobook of Book 19: Maigret created by Audible, who have been releasing these audiobooks at a rate of two per month.

All of the novels are performed by Gareth Armstrong, an English actor, author and veteran audiobook narrator. Armstrong is a masterful reader; in his recordings, Simenon’s novels are transformed into riveting radio theater.



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



The dark side of glamorous expat life in Paris is brought to life in this new translation, book twenty-one in the new Penguin Maigret series. Translated by Howard Curtis.

Try to imagine a guest, a wealthy woman, staying at the Majestic with her husband, her son, a nurse and a governess … In a suite that costs more than a thousand francs a day … At six in the morning, she’s strangled, not in her room, but in the basement locker room … In all likelihood, that’s where the crime was committed … What was the woman doing in the basement? … Who could have lured her down there, and how? … Especially at an hour when people of that kind are usually still fast asleep

This novel has been published in a previous translation as Maigret and the Hotel Majestic.

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

William Faulkner

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