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February 23 2018

Review: The Night at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon

The Night at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon is the seventh book in the Maigret series—a sensational tale of deceit and back-stabbing in an isolated community. The Night at the Crossroads was...
January 24 2018

Review: The Grand Banks Café by Georges Simenon

The Grand Banks Café by Georges Simenon is the eighth book in the Inspector Maigret series, a gripping novel set in an insular fishing community. There’s a subgenre of mystery fiction...
January 10 2018

Review: Maigret, Lognon and the Gangsters by Georges Simenon

Maigret, Lognon and the Gangsters by Georges Simenon is the 39th book in the Maigret series, where Maigret goes up against a group of American gangsters and finds he just might have met his match. Maigret,...
January 3 2018

Georges Simenon and the Top 6 Maigret Mystery Novels

The Belgian novelist Georges Simenon was a monster. I’m not talking about his failures as a human being, which apparently included being a faithless husband, a wartime opportunist, and a...
October 5 2015

Investigate Thyself: Missing Person by France’s Patrick Modiano

Patrick Modiano’s Missing Person focuses on a private detective, introduced as Guy Roland, who investigates himself. The location is Paris; the time period, the mid-1960s. I say...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
September 10 2015

Voilà: Rowan Atkinson as Jules Maigret

To play a convincing Sherlock Holmes you need to be long and lean. To play a convincing Poirot you need to be... well... David Suchet. To play Georges Simenon’s great detective Jules Maigret,...
June 30 2015

Fresh Meat: Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec

Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec marks the debut of the internationally best-selling procuedural series featuring the coffee-loving Commissaire Georges Dupin who's just relocated from Paris...
March 16 2015

The Stand Alones: Georges Simenon’s The Widower

I don’t know if we can say with certainty that Georges Simenon was the most successful writer of the 20th Century, but he would certainly be a top contender for the title. It wasn’t just...
April 28 2014

Spring Crime in Paris Blooms with Possibilities

In spring, is there anywhere more seductive than France? In case you're itching for some armchair travel, here are links with something to fill any francophile crime fan with joie de vivre: Looking...
October 27 2013

Bleak Existentialism Meets Grisly Crime: France’s Pascal Garnier

Claude Chabrol’s 1970 French new wave film Le Boucher involves a downcast butcher who becomes involved with a pretty schoolteacher in a provincial town; their blossoming relationship is interrupted...
March 23 2013

Georges Simenon and Maigret Without Regrets

I’ve always found Police Inspector Jules Maigret to be a comfortable, comforting specimen of sleuth—comfortable in his own skin, comforting in his routines. Spawned in 1931 by Belgium-born...
October 12 2012

’Toon Noir: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

I saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit? twice in the theater. This was 1988 and I was eight years old. Seeing a movie twice in the theater was unprecedented. It came about as a fluke of chance. My parents had...
August 3 2012

The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter: New Excerpt

The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter (available August 7th) is a single book made up of three crime novels told across decades—from the years 1941, 1951, and 1961—each capturing the style and...