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Le très célèbre roman de Simenon, enfin adapté. Pour tous les amateurs de roman policier et du Commissaire Maigret. Qui pouvait vouloir tuer la vieille Valentine Besson, dont la servante, Rose, est morte d'avoir bu un verre d'eau destiné à sa patronne, et contenant des somnifères ? Maigret, appelé à faire la lumière sur ce meurtre, soupçonne un moment Arlette, la fille deLe très célèbre roman de Simenon, enfin adapté. Pour tous les amateurs de roman policier et du Commissaire Maigret. Qui pouvait vouloir tuer la vieille Valentine Besson, dont la servante, Rose, est morte d'avoir bu un verre d'eau destiné à sa patronne, et contenant des somnifères ? Maigret, appelé à faire la lumière sur ce meurtre, soupçonne un moment Arlette, la fille de Valentine, qui semble avoir une vie privée assez trouble avec son mari, Théo. Mais la cupidité ne peut être le mobile : la vieille dame ne possédait plus que des copies de bijoux, répliques de la fabuleuse collection jadis constituée par son mari. Sur ces entrefaites, Valentine abat d'un coup de revolver un " rôdeur " qui n'est autre que le frère de Rose. Pour Maigret, qui vient de découvrir une émeraude authentique, les pièces du puzzle commencent à s'assembler... Dans une atmosphère de vacances balnéaires, ce sont de bien sombres mystères qui vont peu à peu être dévoilés par le sagace enquêteur....

Title : Maigret and the Old Lady
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ISBN : 13500666
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Maigret and the Old Lady Reviews

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2019-01-28 07:48

    For much of Maigret and the Old Lady, I was as befuddled as poor Inspector Castaing, a LeHavre policeman assigned to assist Chief Inspector Maigret. What is this famous inspector from the Police Judiciaire at Quai des Orfèvres doing? He seems to be bumbling about! But, as always with Maigret, there is so much more going on than our layman’s eye can see.The charming still beautiful widow Valentine Besson, the eponymous old lady, calls on Maigret to ask him to investigate the poisoning of her maid, Rose Trochu. Madame Besson insists that poison was actually meant for her. So Maigret leaves Paris for Étretat in Normandy to discover. What it turns out there is plenty to discover about the Besson family, about which almost nothing is as it seems. The ending took me completely by surprise, and I highly, highly recommend this novel, the 33rd book in this reliably excellent series.

  • Sara
    2019-02-05 03:39

    Un nuovo caso da risolvere porta Maigret a Étretat, in Normandia, e questa volta la vittima è la giovane domestica di Valentine Besson, la vecchia signora del titolo, che chiede aiuto al celebre commissario. Rose Trochu è morta per avvelenamento da cianuro dopo aver assunto la medicina che era destinata alla sua padrona e, come i gialli di Agatha Christie insegnano, quando c'è di mezzo il veleno di solito ci sono di mezzo anche le donne ;) I sospetti sin dall'inizio si concentrano sui componenti della famiglia Besson che Maigret conoscerà uno per uno, ma Rose non sarà l'unica vittima di questo caso... Ammetto di non essere riuscita ad indovinare l'assassino neanche questa volta, ma la soluzione dell'omicidio mi ha piacevolmente intrattenuta anche se non reputo questo Maigret tra i migliori. Rimane comunque un buon giallo di intrattenimento.

  • Richard
    2019-02-02 04:32

    Although the solving of the case is interesting the process where we follow the investigation is a little repeatative and fails to really capture the imagination.Maigret seems to be an observer rather than a detective. He has asked around and spoken to the various people involved but as no real evidence to close the case. Unfortunately his inability to act leads to further tragedy after which the motive, means and circumstances of the crimes can be fully explained.Simenon could easily turn out a Maigret novel at this time; this one has a familiar setting in a coastal town away from Paris. In trying to kill the Old Lady someone was unlucky enough to be thwarted by her maid drinking the medicine the poison was in, thus showing their hand.A clever plot with a limited number of suspects. No-one comes out of it particularly well each of the characters has flaws and Maigret shows his frustration at times by the whole circumstances and the lack of honesty and truthfulness. I loved the line: "The upstanding citizens who protest against the numberof bars are unaware that they are a godsend for the police." - Spoken about their ability to keep watch in the warm. However, like many a Maigret story the consumption of alcohol is a series passtime for the Chief Inspector in talking and setting people at their ease. Strangely he nearly dozes off and the Inspector assisting him questions his mentor's reputation as the great Maigret as the case appears to be stalling.A good read but not the most interesting of stories in this series.

  • Three
    2019-02-01 07:38

    Maigret lontano da Parigi si muove da un paesino normanno all'altro, da un bistrot ad una villetta signorile ad una casa di pescatori, senza mai perdere - nonostante i moltissimi calvados - né la capacità di leggere fra le righe di quanto gli viene raccontato, né l'empatia con le persone che incontra.

  • Nikki
    2019-02-09 07:20

    This is my first Inspector Maigret book, having loved the TV adaptations I thought it was time I tried reading Georges Simenon and his famous creation. These new Penguin editions are short novels, this one was 177 pages, so a nice easy read. Inspector Maigret is asked to go to Etretat, a seaside town in Normandy to investigate the murder of a housemaid called Rose. He is asked by her employer the ‘Old Lady’ from the title of the book, to solve the murder. He then spends most of his time slightly inebriated, as all the people he speaks to offer him alcohol! But as ever, the famous Maigret comes to his conclusions and sees all. A great little book.

  • John Frankham
    2019-02-20 09:29

    A re-read/listen. Still good.Maigret investigates the death of the maid of a once-wealthy widow in a seaside village in the Le Havre area. The widow's sleeping draught tasted bitter, and she only took a sip. Why, then, did the maid drink it later?Dysfunctional families, of the widow and of the maid, provide a complex investigation and a host of suspects. Maigret talks, drinks, thinks, but can he solve the case before there is more bloodshed ......?

  • Tábata Kotowiski
    2019-01-24 02:30

    Minha primeira leitura de Simonon e já curti o Maigret! Me lembrou um pouco de Poirot e Sherlock em relação ao método investigativo... parecem que estão perdidos durante a investigação mas no final tudo se encaixa perfeitamente, pegando o culpado e deixando todo mundo boquiaberto.Embora eu já imaginasse o desfecho, a leitura foi leve e divertida. :-)

  • Margarida
    2019-01-27 04:48

    Não me empolgou, a tradução não ajudou nem tão-pouco as gralhas.Maigret pouco actua, pelo contrário, é mais introspectivo. Salienta-se, porém, a boa caracterização, algo sombria e rude, das personagens.

  • Nanosynergy
    2019-02-18 08:41

    Classic Maigret. Maigret investigates the attemped murder (poisoning) of wealthy widow Valentine Besson that results in the maid's death.

  • James
    2019-01-28 05:48

    A fantastic read, Simenon fitted so much in and kept the pace and revelations just right. On the back is a quote from a reviewer which I have to agree with: "A genuinely baffling puzzle"

  • Gaia Zappia
    2019-02-23 08:34

    Non avevo mai letto nulla di Simenon e mi ha sorpresa notare quanto le indagini di Maigret si basino sulla psicologia dei personaggi piuttosto che sugli eventi. Nel corso della lettura ho avuto a tratti la sensazione di star guardando un film al rallentatore: l'autore si sofferma infatti sulle riflessioni dei personaggi, sui dettagli, sui ricordi del commissario, e le indagini avanzano esclusivamente attraverso i dialoghi. Alla fine mi è parso quasi che l'intero libro sia scivolato senza lasciare tracce, come se in poche centinaia di pagine fosse accaduto tutto e niente.Altro fattore aumentante la mia perplessità, nonché peculiarità della serie, è la caratterizzazione di Maigret poco in linea con i canoni polizieschi. Come una versione vintage di Rocco Schiavone, Jules Maigret ha un carattere irascibile, il bicchiere facile, si immerge totalmente nell'ambiente che lo circonda, basa le proprie inchieste sull'intuito e difficilmente la sua presenza suscita indifferenza.D'altro canto la vicenda di sfondo risulta accattivante e il lettore si trova a indagare anch'egli, spinto dalla curiosità di scoprire chi sia il colpevole, con tanto di colpo di scena finale.In conclusione, "Maigret e la vecchia signora" è un buon romanzo per gli amanti del giallo ma non mi ha convinta del tutto.

  • Tony Fitzpatrick
    2019-02-12 09:45

    Maigret is back by the seaside investigating the murder of the housemaid of the widow of a French pharmaceutical big shot. As usual she is surrounded by a somewhat dysfunctional family, and the denouement involves intra family jealousies, squabbles over money, and ruthless behaviour towards ones nearest and dearest. The plot is rather pedestrian, but Maigret is rather insufferable. He is very nostalgic for aspects of his boyhood spent by the sea in such a place, and occasionally reminisces over images and emotions of childhood. However mostly he treats the local police appallingly, drinks far too much, and solves the crime with so little apparent effort or process that you can't help but decide that he is a bit of jerk. I am not sure Simenon put a lot of effort into this one, and I was glad to finish it quickly.

  • Asko Tolonen
    2019-01-28 08:19

    Maigret’n virkahuoneeseen astuu mitä viehättävin vanha rouva: pieni ja hienopiirteinen, ruusunhohtoisia kasvoja ympäröivät ihastuttavat valkoiset hiukset, jalokivet viimeistelevät tyylikkään pukeutumisen. Vanhan rouvan kotona, idyllisessä merenrannan lomapaikassa Etretat’ssa, on tapahtunut kauhistuttava murhenäytelmä. Vanhan rouvan palvelijatar Rose on kuollut myrkkyyn ja vanha rouva aavistelee että myrkky oli itse asiassa tarkoitettu hänelle. Mutta kuka haluaisi murhata näin viehättävän ihmisen? Maigret tutustuu vanhan rouvan sukuun, ja paljastuu ettei kaikki olekaan niin kaunista kuin ensi silmäyksellä luulisi.

  • Gfec
    2019-02-16 04:37

    3,5 fine breakpoint ( to jewels ) , but for "not involved" too much as a writer´s intentions is hard to prevent or find out the murder, cause "hapenning of jewels" is hided, so is a gun of "old lady".

  • Lila
    2019-02-17 08:32

    Noteworthy for its seaside locale, Maigret's dealings with two families in Normandy seem clouded by the heavy drinking of Calvados and childhood nostalgia for beach holidays. Of course, Maigret pulls through and figures out what is really going on.

  • Perttu Paloheimo
    2019-02-19 05:46

    Perinteistä Maigret'ia, hienoja ihmishahmoja ja luonteenkuvauksia. Hyvä juoni, vaikka melko tavallista kaavaa noudattava.

  • Kathy
    2019-01-25 10:37

    Typical Maigret cocktailAs soon as you smell money, you know there will be sordid doings in this seaside town. And a new drink: picon-grenadine, to add to the drinks cupboard. Add a touch of fog, an old woman and her nouveaux riche children, and the confused local police chief, and you have all the ingredients for a typical Maigret. Have we read it all before? Yes. Is it still fun. You bet.

  • Zuberino
    2019-01-24 04:44

    The plot was a little underpowered, I felt, with the revelations coming all in a flurry in the last 20 pages. The level of sociological observation is unparalleled, however, and the portrait of late-season Normandy as sharp and fresh as ever. Maigret by the seaside is always a special kind of joy.

  • Mikee
    2019-02-02 04:23

    Another excellent by-the-sea story. This one has a well-connected plot and the usual set of interesting characters. A lot of drinking, even for our intrepid hero. The one I read was part of "Maigret Cinq".

  • Natalie Joan
    2019-02-05 03:26

    C'est mon premier roman français. Je n'ai pas l'habitude de lire des romans policiers, donc c'était un changement agréable et amusant. J'ai bien aimé l'histoire et n'était pas en mesure de deviner la fin. J'ai aussi appris beaucoup de nouveaux mots frech comme «amant» «tuer» et «assassiner». :)

  • John
    2019-02-10 08:22

    Just superb! Maigret seems to wander about drinking far too much, listening, soaking up the atmosphere, learning what makes the people tick and then solving the case. Simenon was, without doubt, a genius.

  • ˗ˏˋ alison ˎˊ˗ ‪
    2019-02-01 05:31

    Rating: 1 starUgh I hate detectives...

  • Jan
    2019-01-29 03:24

    Een hele goede Maigret. Spannend en een goed plot.

  • Spiegel
    2019-01-31 02:32

    Do meu registro no Boocrossing em 2003: "Bem que eu desconfiei que certa pessoa tinha uma atitude suspeita desde o início. "

  • Erin
    2019-02-10 06:33

    In French. Yesss...