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Maigret and the Madwoman (A Harvest/Hbj Book) Paperback – 1 Sep 1992

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace International; 1st Harvest/HBJ Ed edition (Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156551225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156551229
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,702,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Ideal summer vacation reading 10 July 2003
By Mary E. Sibley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Imagine drinking a glass of Calvados. The title is ambiguous. She was a tiny woman insisting upon seeing Chief Inspector Maigret personally. Madame Antoine, aged, having lived in her apartment for a long time, reported that her things had been moved. There is only the key she keeps in her bag. A niece and her son are her only relatives. She is pefectly aware that a young person might consider her mad. The concierge says she is very much like any other old person living by herself. Her clear gray eyes make an impression on Maigret. Then she is murdered, suffocated, and an investigation ensues. The police search and question, after all this is a police procedural. Maigret discovers that the victim had practiced twenty five years of thrift. A character named Le Grand Marcel is brought into the picture.
The fineness of the writing (translated?) transcends the genre. Picking up a Maigret novel is a matter of dealing in a brand name consumer good. One is never disappointed. The storytelling is simple, classical, felicitous. Simenon used masterful economy in his art. The short bursts of information create an almost Raymond Carverish style. One is transported to Paris in the Spring. Time spent in the company of Maigret and his gifted inspectors Lapointe, Lucas, and Janvier is a pleasure.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Thoughtful Writing 25 Nov 2003
By E. Clinton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a thoughtful well-plotted mystery. The author does a fine job portrayng Maigret, the other detectives, the victim (an elderly lady), her niece and her niece's son. The writing is simple and easy to understand. Simemon does not waste words but he brings the characters to life. The reader will be kept guessing until the end of the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
No motives and few suspects 7 May 2009
By Patto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We all know how paranoia can grip the elderly. So when an 86-year-old lady tells the police that someone is entering her apartment when she's out and moving things around, and that someone may be following her too, can we blame Maigret for being a bit skeptical?

Will she have to be murdered before Maigret believes her?

This is a low-key case that doesn't make headlines, yet Maigret, once he gets started, gives it his all. There's a secret somewhere, maybe in the keeping of the needy relatives. Yet why rob or kill an old lady when you're going to inherit her money anyway? The Chief Superintendent is at a loss for a motive.

The sun shines persistently throughout the story, in contrast with Maigret's lack of inspiration.

Once again Maigret is cutting back on alcohol, but he does succumb to a second glass of wine at one point. After all, "Dr. Pardon would never know."
Zim Zam 31 Jan 2013
By D. Munro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette Verified Purchase
All I mean to say is this is a good book by a great author and the reader does an excellent job.
Delightfully old-fashioned 8 April 2008
By Smeddley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
This simple and old-fashioned mystery was a pleasant surprise. There was nothing flashy, or garish, or over-the top about it - a straightforward police whodunit. Some readers might find this a trifle boring - we've gotten so used to multiple storylines and side-stories that it's a little hard to switch gears and wind down to something so basic, but it's worth it. Reminds one of simpler times, and harkens back to the days of Agatha Christie (Poirot, though, not Marple).

It's not precisely a solve-it-yourself, but it does give you plenty of food for thought. Even though it's a very short book, the characters are well-written and interesting, giving you even more incentive to at least try to decipher the ending. It's possible, but I think it's more luck than skill if you figure it out. Granted, there are none of the dizzying twists and turns of more 'modern' mysteries, no technology or romance, but it's still very much worth reading for any true mystery fan.
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