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Lock 14 (Maigret #2)

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One of the world's most successful crime writers, Georges Simenon has thrilled mystery lovers around the world since 1931 with his matchless creation Inspector Maigret. Seventy-five years later, the incomparable Maigret mysteries make their Penguin debut with three of his most compelling cases. In Lock 14, Simenon plunges Maigret into the unfamiliar canal world of shabby b ...more
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Published July 25th 2006 by Penguin Books (first published 1930)
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Ivonne Rovira
Mar 21, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Miss Jane Marple or Chief Inspector Morse
Sir Walter Lampson, a retired English colonel who served in India, and his wife Mary have a very modern marriage, each openly with a lover. But, despite his supposed free-thinking ways, when Mary Lampson turns up dead in a stable, Sir Walter is the top suspect; he remains so when Willy Marco, Sir Walter’s general factotum and Mary’s lover, is found dead a day later.

While this second Maigret novel of Georges Simenon has also been published under the title of Lock 14, my favorite title under whic
Alexander Inglis
It was inevitable that I would finally break down and uy one of the Penguin ebooks of the truly gifted writer Georges Simenon who created one of the 20th century's most memorable detective characters, Maigret. One of Simenon's first Maigret tales is Lock 14 and is reissued in a translation by Robert Baldick. (The French title, "Le Charretier de la 'Providence'" is arguably a better title as it refers to the barge workers central to the story; but it has also been issued in English as "The Crime ...more
Jan 08, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simenon, Georges. LOCK 14. (1931). ****. As you may have guessed by now, I came across a real treasure trove of Simenon novels in a used bookstore. There are quite a few left on my pile, so bear with me. In this novel, one of his earlier ones, Simenon has his protagonist, Chief Inspector Maigret, investigate a murder that happened along one of the canal locks. The woman who was killed (strangled by a set of strong hands) was the wife of a British Count who had been sailing on his yacht through t ...more
May 08, 2015 Kenneth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Inspector Maigret mystery is set on and around a French inland canal around 1930 (about the time this one was written), at a time when a lot of the barges using these inland canals were powered by horses pulling them from towpaths alongside the canal. A woman's dead body is discovered in a stable by two carters (men who worked with the barges) who had been sleeping in the stable that night nearby. How did she get there, and why? Inspector Maigret is called down from Paris to investigate and ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Columbus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in a series of about 75 in the Inspector Maigret series by Belgium writer, George Simenon. I didn't like this one very much at all. The writing is good enough but the mystery and plot itself is rather mundane and boring. The setting in all or the majority of these books is Paris and its environs with a rather sophisticated group of characters. My intention was to read the entire series but it's not starting off too well. The books are rather slim, this one is only 154 short ...more
Dec 26, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, previously-read
This is one of my favourite Maigret stories as it has the detective outside his domestic comforts of Paris; spending his time beside a canal following the discovery of a female body in a stable.
I originally read it as "Lock 14". (tr. Robert Baldick) 124 pp. 18 cm. pbk, (Penguin Red Classics) Penguin Books. London. 2006. - This is a new edition with a fresh translation by David Coward; previously Baldick was done in 1963 so time for a new approach. Penguin should be applauded as they are intendin
Nov 16, 2013 KOMET rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any lover of well-crafted mystery novels
In "LOCK 14", Simenon makes alive to the reader the lives of the people --- bargees. boat owners and sailors, carters, barmen, cafe owners, restauranteurs, and lockmen --- whose lives and livelihoods were intimately or tangibly linked to the network of locks and canals of France's network of inland waterways of the Marne River and its tributaries. Indeed names such as Epernay, Vitry-le-François, and Chalon are often mentioned. (Any reader well-versed in French history will have already known of ...more
Aug 16, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Simenon fans, lovers of boats and canals
If you're truly obsessed with geography, you will like this, since you can follow the canals south from Épernay - the first murder takes place near this town. Simenon traveled all these canals since, like Sir Walter Lampson, he had a home on Porquerolles.
The true identity of the victim is not revealed until nearly the end, and the discovery of her identity leads to the murderer.
Another unforgettable portrait of a man much changed, from his more fashionable youth to a near-animal existence on a
In some ways this is just another of Simenon's Maigret tales, a whodunnit in a long and diverse tradition, but like much of Simenon's writing, something shines through this odd little story about canal barges and the people who drive them as a way of life. The characterization is extraordinary, and it is the characters that make Simenon's stories leap off the page in a way you don't usually find with detective mysteries, preoccupied as they usually are by the puzzle of clues and evidence. Here, ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Jean-Luke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2013
I'm glad I didn't start the Maigret series with this book as the first half of it would have put me off. I can't really say what it is. Maybe it was the setting by the canal (though there a few instances where I felt like pulling out a map and tracing the journey from town to town), maybe it was the translation, maybe it was the story itself, I just wasn't all that interested. The story picks up around the middle of the book and then finishes off beautifully by the end. I was especially impresse ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, france
This is a primer on how to set a mystery. First arrange the action in an incomprehensible setting like an old fashioned set of locks on a river in France. There are keepers, bargees, carters, horses barns and tons of boats going up and down the river.
Next have the entire investigation take place in a murky unrelenting rain so that the characters are all miserable and cold, exhausted from tramping through mud and mire.
Finally arrange it so our detective inspector has to ride FORTY miles in the r
An early Maigret which I liked well enough. The character doesn't seem to have been fleshed out enough yet. Simenon hadn't worked out what would make this wonderful character the star that he would become. And it shows in the simplicity of this story.

Still there were a few twists, some scandal I wouldn't have thought possible. But then when I think about it, all of the Maigret's I've read have had seemingly unnecessary scandal.

Perhaps not worth bothering with if you aren't a fan already or a com
Oct 24, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simenon is addicting.
Apr 25, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On to the next Maigret mystery! Help me! I can't stop!
Gláucia Renata
Segundo romance publicado nessa reedição da Cia das Letras, publicado em 1931.
Uma mulher é assassinada numa cocheira do vilarejo de Dizy, França e sua aparência de mulher rica distoa do ambiente onde o crime ocorreu.
O comissário Maigret conta com poucas pistas e nada parece se encaixar. Gostei dos personagens decadentes da lancha: o coronel inglês (o marido de Mary Lampson, a morta), seu imediato russo (enigmático), seu fiel secretário e a viúva de um político estrangeiro. Sempre bêbados e ocio
Apr 15, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short take:

One thing I like in a good mystery tale is the chance to visit a setting and a way of life that are new to me. Simenon sets this story along a canal that is lined by ships locks and the people who operate them, and his descriptions of these places and people are lush and evocative. More than anything, I loved how this book pulled me into 1928.

More thoughts:

This passage grabbed me right away:
The inspector had been there for an hour and had got no further than familiarizing himself w
Mar 15, 2015 Kerrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was one of a number that Simenon wrote after spending 6 months on French canals in 1928.
In the setting he captures a life style now long gone, when the canal boats and barges played an important role in transporting goods to the major ports in France.

It also captures the rural isolation of many of the towns that the canals connected: the first murder scene is along a tow path, several kilometres from the nearest major town. Maigret has to walk there, and then manages to acquire a bicy
Nick Jones
The second of the Maigret books and Maigret has settled in. Simenon no longer feels compelled to constantly describe Maigret...or, as he did in the first book, constantly tell us Maigret is big and burly. Simenon now presumes we have been introduced to Maigret and therefore don’t need constant reiterations about his looks or character, or he has realised that it is better for Maigret to reveal his character through his words and actions. Compared to the first book Lock 14 is a more economic work ...more
Most detective fiction is rarely about the crime itself. The purpose of the detective in the typical detective story is of a narrative agent whose function is to reveal unknown worlds through their investigation. The joy of reading detective fiction lies therefore not so much in finding out who did it but actually in the revelation of the world in which the crime takes place.

Lock 14, or in my edition 'The Carter of La Providence' (which may give the end away slightly) sets out with this general
Mar 30, 2016 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is so wonderful about Simenon is the economy of his writing. This is a short book (152 pages, not the 192 that Goodreads seem to think), but there is plenty of atmosphere, character, psychology and plot. He is particularly good at openings. Here, in three pages, he has established the scene on the rain-soaked Marne canal with Dickensian atmosphere, described the workings of the canal which will be crucial to the story, and introduced the finding of the body which will provide the puzzle for ...more
Feb 15, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another tidy Inspector Maigret detective story. After reading four or five of these, I have discerned that there are at least two recognizable patterns in the way Simenon formulates his plots. First, he places his stories in many different milieus so that he can have access to different geography, character types, professions, and so forth. Second, in most instances the solution to the crime(s) relies on a late-breaking twist that the reader (and oftentimes Maigret) could not have foreseen. In " ...more
Filippo Bossolino
May 01, 2014 Filippo Bossolino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'aspetto che ritengo più importante di questo romanzo è l'ambientazione. Simenon per un periodo della propria vita visse, con la moglie, su di un'imbarcazione spostandosi tra Francia, Belgio e Olanda, attraverso canali navigabili. E proprio grazie a questa esperienza, rende questo ambiente, ovvero quello di canali navigabili, chiatte, chiuse ecc… , protagonista di "Il cavallante della Providence". E questo inusuale "sfondo" è raccontato in tutte le sfaccettature, dai guardiani delle chiuse, all ...more
Elen Sentier
Sadly, I found this very dull. Possibly because I wasn't fully engaged I found the plot and the working out of the murders unconvincing but I also think that this was because it actually is unconvincing. this was sad for me as I have childhood memories of Maigret on TV and loving it - possibly the TV translations cut the crap and honed in on the point. I seem to recall they redid some Miagret, filming it Prague (was it) and that worked pretty well too. Perhaps some things do come over better whe ...more
Alla sua seconda uscita, sempre risalente al 1930, Simenon spedisce subito il suo Maigret in Provincia per risolvere il mistero della morte di una bella e ricca signora trovata assassinata sotto un mucchio di paglia in una stalla lungo un canale laterale della Marna, tra Dizy e Vitry-le-François. L’interesse del commissario presto si appunta su due imbarcazioni, un piccolo ma lussuoso yacht al comando di un inglese alcolizzato marito della donna e una chiatta da trasporto trascinata dai cavalli ...more
Tony Fitzpatrick
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This novel is the second in Simenon's series of romans policiers involving Chief Inspector Maigret. He doesn't have his usual team, just Inspector Lucas to assist him. Maigret reveals very little about himself, and one has the impression of French Sherlock Holmes, especially with the leaps of logic/intuition for which there are few if any clues for the reader to understand. Simenon once said in an interview for THE PARIS REVIEW that he put a man and a woman in conflict then watched where it went ...more
The Crime Scene Scene
The Carter Of 'La Providence' (original English title The Crime At Lock 14) is the second novel in the Inspector Maigret series by author Georges Simenon. On a rainy night a canal worker discovers the strangled body of Mary Lampson in a stable near Lock 14. Her husband seems unconcerned and unhelpful when Maigret interviews him but slowly Maigret pieces together the story of their lives and it appear the murderer may be found among the people of the yacht or the boating community.

This novel cont
Understated but really good prose. Simenon is able to set the place, the mood of a place with ease and without too much exposition. Maigret is sent to solve a grim murder in the land of the Marne river at a time when the boats were still being toed by horses and sailed side by side with motor boats.

Epernay, Vitry-le-François and a few others stops along the river in the early 30s is a grey place. Wet, almost continuous rain. With small rays of sunshine. During 3 days Maigret pedals along the ca
Luigi Del Gesso
Secondo capitolo della saga noir con protagonista il commissario Maigret. Questa volta il romanzo è ambientato lontano dalla capitale francese, nei pressi della chiusa di Dizy (che, tra l'altro, Simenon, sa spiegare molto bene avendo vissuto su un'imbarcazione ormeggiata in una regione della Francia). Anche qui, come nella prima indagine del commissario, ritroviamo gli stessi temi che sono cari all'autore, anche qui sono importanti le motivazioni che hanno spinto l'assassino ad uccidere, anche s ...more
Sep 15, 2015 Frankco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, french, 1930s
Mijn derde Maigret en de beste tot nu toe. Prachtige sfeertekening van de binnenvaart in de jaren '30, toen de scheepsjagers nog in het stro sliepen en er bij elke sluis een borrel werd gepakt terwijl de boten geschut werden. Zoals gebruikelijk reconstrueert Maigret de zaak op onnavolgbare wijze, hetgeen misschien het enige kritiekpunt is op een boek als dit - als lezer kun je de zaak feitelijk niet oplossen omdat je niet alle informatie tot je beschikking hebt die nodig is om tot een sluitende ...more
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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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