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Maigret Goes Home [Hardcover]

Georges Simenon , Robert Baldick
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harcourt (Sep 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151551502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151551507
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,883,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chief Inspector Maigret returns to the village of Saint-Fiacre, where he was born, after a note to the police warns that a crime will take place, and soo after he arrives the Countess de Saint-Fiacre dies, leaving Maigret to find killer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody Better At Atmosphere 24 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a Maigret fan for over 40 years (trying to rebuild a collection lost years ago thanks to Amazon), I love the way Simenon can create an 'atmosphere' - whether of a small Parisian bistro or some remote village.
In many ways, the best books are those where the author explores the jealousies, hatreds, scandals and prejudices of rural France. In this book Maigret goes back to his native village and the finest scene is in the church where he once served as an altar boy - frozen and suffering chilblains in a mid-winter dawn. The method of killing the targeted victim is highly ingenious. A definite must for every Maigret fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good - Among the Best of the Maigret Mysteries 25 Feb 2006
By Michael Wischmeyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Maigret Goes Home (published in 1932, first published in English in 1940) is among the best stories by Simenon that I have encountered. It takes place in 1928, early in Maigret's career, and involves a unique visit to Maigret's childhood home, the village of Saint-Fiacre. Maigret Goes Home is a compelling story, one in which the mystery puzzle, the characters themselves, their psychology, and the intriguing locale all share front stage.

Maigret is investigating an anonymous note warning that a death will occur during the first Mass on All Soul's Day at Saint-Fiacre. With Maigret in attendance, Countess de Saint-Fiacre dies during the mass from heart failure. Maigret is convinced of foul play, but evidence is lacking.

The aristocratic family of de Saint-Fiacre has suffered financial and moral decline since the death of Count some years ago. As Maigret's investigation proceeds, his disappointment with his childhood home grows. Nonetheless, Maigret's remains influenced by vestiges of his childhood admiration for the imposing Count de Saint-Fiacre, now dead for many years. The suspects are many, and the ending is less predictable than some Maigret stories.

My copy of Maigret Goes Home is a good quality, standard size paperback published by Harvest Books in 1990. Translated by Robert Baldick. The inside cover lists about forty Maigret titles available from Harvest Books. For those new to Georges Simenon, he wrote 75 novels and 28 short stories involving the highly popular Maigret from 1931 to 1972.

Note: Simenon did not adhere to a strict chronological sequence. That is, later stories often returned to a younger Maigret. Furthermore, many Maigret stories were not translated to English until many years after their release in France. Consequently, the English publication date is not a reliable indication to the time period of a particular Maigret story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A crime outside the law 16 May 2009
By Patto - Published on Amazon.com
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The Moulin police receive an anonymous note that "a crime will be committed in the church at Saint-Fiacre during the first mass on All Souls Day." They forward the note to Paris, assuming it's a practical joke.

But Saint Fiacre is Maigret's hometown, and he decides to attend that mass.

Sure enough, the Countess of Saint-Fiacre drops dead in church. The doctor diagnoses heart failure, but how to explain the note that foretold this natural death? Was the failure of her heart somehow induced? And by whom?

Wonderful complications ensue. The young heir is a good-for-nothing playboy in need of money. The secretary was actually the lover of the aging countess. Even the village priest is behaving strangely.

Curiously, it's the suspects themselves who solve the mystery more than Maigret, whose presence alone is somehow enough to bring out the truth.

An excellent Maigret subtly enriched by the Chief Inspector's nostalgic flashbacks.
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