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Maigret e l'affare Picpus (Maigret #23)

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Holnap, délután ötkor megölöm a jósnőt.

Ki lehet ez a Picpus? És milyen jósnőt emleget? Vajon miért jelenti be a valószínűtlen bűntényt? Maigret széleskörű ellenőrzést rendel el a levél nyomán, kockáztatva, hogy nevetségessé válik, így életében először azt várja, bárcsak valóban megtörténne a gyilkosság. Mikor végül kihívják a bűntény színhelyére, egy idős urat talál
Paperback, 145 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Mondadori (first published 1944)
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Georges Simenon was one of a kind. Not that there aren't mystery writers under practically every bush, but Simenon brought something unique to the genre -- something I have not seen copied satisfactorily by any of the hordes that tried to follow in his footsteps.

Especially in his Inspector Maigret novels, there is a uniquely French characteristic, which is closely related to the French verb débrouiller, which means to untangle or sort out, to "defog" as it were.

About forty pages into Maigret an
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
May 17, 2013 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Another perfect miniature filled with telling little observations, economical yet vivid characterisation and a lot of beer down the hatch as Maigret deals with a murder that was predicted before it happened - the murder of a fortuneteller.
I'm not sure about this.... A man reports that a fortuneteller will be murdered on a specific day & time... When the book opens, Maigret is waiting or this to happen..... Thinking how foolish he will seem if his pronouncement (from another source) is incorrect.....

The fortuneteller is indeed murdered, but she is one who is not known to the French constabulary, as she was not registered as such.

When Maigret and the Police arrive, they find a "simple" man locked in her kitchen and as the stor
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
A murder is announced--the murder of a fortuneteller, announced by a nervous little nebbish who claims to have picked up the knowledge by chance on a piece of blotting paper in a bar. My first question was, how did he know that piece of blotting paper hadn't been sitting around for a week or more? But in those days, a surprising number of people handled their correspondence--and recieved their mail--in Paris bistros.

Halfway through the book, which I read in a couple of hours on a sleepless night
Simenon, Georges. MAIGRET AND THE FORTUNETELLER. (1944). ****. Mademoiselle Jeanne, the fortuneteller, is found murdered in her apartment. The police find, locked in her kitchen, an old man wearing an overcoat, even though it is a boiling August day in Paris. The crime was predicted in a note found (reversed) on a blotter at a restaurant, signed by an unknown person, Picpus. The man who discovered the note while writing one of his own, brought the information to the police, but later tries to co ...more
Delighting to find myself in the company of my friend, Maigret, we once again take up the task of solving a complex murder by placing one's self in another's shoes. The psychology employed is fascinating and instructive. My desire is that I could actually learn the techniques and employ them in real life. I think the trick there is to be intelligent on a higher plane than exists for me.
Rob Smith
This is an excellent mystery. The characters in this book come alive as you read the novel. Simenon is such a skilled writer, that some development occurs only as he wants it to occur to best unfold the story. This is also, for me, one of the few recent mysteries in the past decade or so, that I didn't know who did it before the end of the book.

This is also a book that is concise, in today's terms. It's a little too easy for one's mind to meander away during most over written books today. A read
Jill Hutchinson
Another of the short but neat little tales of Inspector Maigret of the Paris Police. In this outing, a fortuneteller is murdered and Maigret finds an befuddled old man locked in the kitchen of the murder apartment. He doesn't seem to know anything and appears to be a tramp......but it is discovered that he is a retired doctor which doesn't quite fit the image he presents. Is he the murderer or just someone who came to have their future told? There are many twists and turns before the solution is ...more
Remek volt, tényleg remek! Az egyik legjobb Maigret eddig, amivel találkoztam, és a borító is gyönyörűséges. :)
Anna Rossi
Un rompicapo di nome Picpus.
Trovare tutti i pezzi e combinarli nel modo giusto non sarà cosa semplice, ma Maigret è famoso proprio per questo.
Elementi umani, dettagli curiosi e l'immancabile fondale di Parigi che ammicca sornione mentre le indagini proseguono senza sosta: un perfetto equilibrio per un altro giallo imperdibile.
a.k.a "To Any Lengths"

This is a very clever story. Rather strange but I found it hard to put down and sat up very late to finish it. Difficult to add anything to other reviews without giving the away the plot.

Simenon is s genius at character description and atmospheric build-up.

Very good indeed. Thoroughly recommended.
Maui Island
This story is a little more convoluted that the average Maigret novel. Maigret has actually happy moments in this tale, and is able to judge the cast with his final utterance: What fools . . . What fools people are!
An amusing little story, suitably complex. The ending, however, leaves one wanting to kill.
A bit lacking in depth or intensity, but overall very nice
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solid, stolid Simenon
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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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