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L'affaire Saint-Fiacre (Maigret #13)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  301 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Paperback, 187 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Livre de Poche (first published 1932)
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E’un caso anomalo quello che coinvolge il commissario Maigret a Saint Fiacre, un paesino sperduto della nebbiosa e fredda campagna francese dove Maigret è nato e ha trascorso l’infanzia, nella casa dell’intendente dei conti Saint Fiacre. E’ anomalo perché egli non interviene a risolvere un delitto quale funzionario della polizia parigina, in seguito di regolare denuncia; un omicidio “particolare” viene perpetrato, la morte della contessa è dovuta ad arresto cardiaco, non v’è formale arma del del...more
The beauty of this book is in the depiction of Maigret's disorientation as he faces a childhood world turned upside down and inside out. More than usual, Maigret is just floating along and waiting for the mystery to reveal itself just as we are.

The final showdown in the dining hall and what follows is riveting, the kind of story magic that glues you to your chair and makes you forget about all else but turning pages.
This is number 13 in the Maigret series, and was written in 1932. A tragedy (aren't they all), but with a twist. There was a murder, but no criminal act was perpetrated. Some show great strength while others are despised for their weakness and cunning. Maigret, as always, shows great empathy with the characters, and exhibits his usual humanity.
Maigret stumbles upon a tip that a murder will be committed in the village where he grew up. His curiosity pushes him to travel home where he discovers (view spoiler)

I'm usually a stickler for reading books in order, but I've found that it doesn't make a big difference with t...more
A note stating that a crime will be committed on All Souls' Day in the churche at Saint-Fiacre during first mass. The police departments laugh and ignore it. Maigret cannot; it is his birthplace. He knows many of the people there.

Returning to the town, Maigret witnesses the murder, but there is nothing to see, so how did it happen? His journey to solve the murder uncovers many back stories and changes his image of some of the people of his home town.

A bit of a cerebreal read, as Maigret tends to...more
Diffidate dell'aristocrazia di provincia

Un'irrilevante informativa di un comando di provincia porta nientemeno che il Commissario Maigret della Polizia Criminale di Parigi fino a un paesello sperduto, dove forse si compirà un crimine.
Il motivo è semplice: il paesello è quello dove Maigret è nato e cresciuto, figlio dell'amministratore dei beni dei Conti di Saint-Fiacre.
Lui ha studiato, si è arruolato ed è finito nella capitale.
Il paesello, bene\maledetta eternità provinciale, invece è rimasto i...more
Je l'ai trouvé fort bein, bien que je n'ai pas tous compris, surtout, pourquoi le meurtrier (ou est ce que c'était quelqu'un d'autre?) envoya à Maigret une mise en garde avec les mots: "je vous annonce qu'un crime sera commis à l'église de Saint-Fiacre pendant a première messe du Jour des Morts". Je l'ai trouvé aussi difficile à accepter que tous les suspects se laissent rassmebler au chateau à la fin. J'ai aussi vu le film, qui se distingue du roman dans certains aspects importants. Dans le fil...more
An interesting slant on the Maigret stories. Maigret's father was the steward for the Comte of the village where he has been summoned by a note that says a crime will be committed during the first mass on a certain day. The widowed Comtesse died during the service while Maigret was there, and the village has several likely suspects, including her son and her much younger lover.

Maigret's discomfort at being back in his village is almost paralyzing for him, especially in the climactic scene where...more
Maigret goes back to Saint-Fiacre and is present when the Countess of Saint-Fiacre dies at the first mass on All Souls' Day. Her estate has been terribly mismanaged since the days when Maigret's father was the steward, and Maigret is repelled by the changes he observes in her son the Count, as well as what he discovers about her life since the loss of her husband. A final suspenseful challenge reveals the "murderer" after many suspects have entered the picture. This is a fine Maigret, especially...more
Simenon is master of painting an intricate scene and creating atmosphere, using very few words. There's not a lot of 'detecting' in this book though, but it's a nice little quick read.
Another very fine Maigret story, where the Police Chief returns to his native village to investigate on the death of the old Countess.
The murder has been announced with an anonymous letter, and even thought Maigret is present, the Countess is found dead after the first Mass on All Saints' day. There is more than one person who could benefit from the Countess' death, and Maigret needs to unravel a net of interests and deceits.
The atmosphere of the book is very peculiar... The scene where all susp...more
Bryan Boyd
Maigret returns to the country city that was his home, where his father worked as the manager of an estate. The countess of the estate is killed by the son of the new manager and Maigret witness the countess son draw out the killer at a dinner mystery murder conversation. The sounds, smells, people, of the town remind Maigret of his youth. Even though I did not grow up in the time frame that Maigret did, Simenon is a master of describing details (like a drafty actic or a past friend's quirks) th...more
Psychologically delicious!
Valentina Accardi
Carino. Da rileggere in italiano più in là, comunque.
Maigret goes back to his old home town and of course gets caught up in a murder investigation, where he gets distracted by waves of nostalgia, but eventually his memories of his childhood help him piece together some of the clues.

Another good, solid mystery story in an always reliable series. I like how Maigret is slow and meticulous, but generally proves to be the smartest guy in the room.
I also like how Simenon shows that police work is equal parts boring plodding along and dramatic detective...more
Interesting because it gives some background on Maigret's character-- it is set on the estate where he grew up.
Victoria Mixon
Oh, I love Simenon's minimalist, noir voice and careful detail. I wish I were him.
A lire absolument. Le chapitre "Sous le signe de Walter Scott" est percutant.
A pretty good Maigret detective story. In French (L'affaire Saint-Fiacre).
Apr 17, 2009 Mana rated it 3 of 5 stars
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a woman opens a book and dies!?!?!!
Thiago Capanema
Na boa eu não entendi o final.
again, a different edition/translation
Katherine Jensen
Nov 08, 2012 Katherine Jensen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Simenon was one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century, capable of writing 60 to 80 pages per day. His oeuvre includes nearly 200 novels, over 150 novellas, several autobiographical works, numerous articles, and scores of pulp novels written under more than two dozen pseudonyms. Altogether, about 550 million copies of his works have been printed.

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