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Maigret and the Wine Merchant (Maigret #71)

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Maigret is a registered trademark of the Estate of Georges Simenon.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 16th 2003 by Mariner Books (first published 1970)
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Dec 07, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia

“Ciascuno di noi, chi più chi meno, è da compiangere. Cerco di capire. Non ho la pretesa di inchiodare tutti alle loro responsabilità”

Chi legge Maigret ha da tenere a mente questo pensiero del commissario, che è il filo conduttore di ogni storia. Lo è in modo particolare della storia raccontata in questo libro, perché mai tanti personaggi sgradevoli, meschini ed amorali sono stati concentrati in un romanzo di Maigret. A partire dalla vittima, Chabut, figlio di un oste, che ha creato con le sue f
Jul 04, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, mysteries, simenon
This is one of Georges Simenon's later mysteries -- it was published in 1970 -- but it is every bit as good as his masterpieces of the 1930s. Maigret and the Wine Merchant is the story of the murder of someone who needed murdering. Occasionally, as in several of his earlier books, we see the Chief Superintendent sympathizing more with the murderer than the victim.

The interest thing to me if that Simenon himself was something of an ogre, somewhat like his murder victim Oscar Chabut. Both Simenon
This is a book about having a cold—the way your world becomes smeary with phlegm as you blink & sneeze. When you’re sick, all of Paris is sick –if you are Maigret, trudging down the Rue Fortuny into the “biting north wind,” seeking the killer of Oscar Chabut, a wholesale wine merchant whose business was ironically named “Le Vin des Moines” (the wine of monks). Oscar died walking out of a whorehouse. His mistress—whom everyone called “the Grasshopper”—is the only person who wept for him. We l ...more
May 19, 2012 Texbritreader rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This was my first Maigret and although I appreciated the author's style, an economical use of language and tight plotting, I must say it was a bit of a disappointment. Although billed as a mystery, this short book turned out to be a detective story that reads like a mystery for the first two-thirds and concludes in the final third with an exploration of the character and circumstances of the murderer as he makes his confession to Maigret, mirroring the opening incident of the novel.

The mild cat
Nov 30, 2011 Bob rated it really liked it
Simenon published 75 Maigret novels over four decades and they seem to be stuck in a sort of timeless early 20th century Paris. This one is from 1969 and one searches in vain for a temporal clue – student rebellion? Algeria? The Cold War? At best, we can note that most households have television.

The murder victim, a wealthy wine wholesaler, has been shot leaving a "maison de passe”. It quickly becomes clear that it is not a case of "who wanted him dead?", rather "who didn’t want him dead?". Maig
Aug 03, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it
Georges Simenon has accomplished a rather remarkable feat in his extensive collection of Inspector Maigret novels:

. . . he writes about murder without making it a parlour game, nor is it so sordid that we wince;
. . . he uses very unadorned, simple language (although I am reading translations from the French, I assume they are "true") yet the books have some depth and richness;
. . . he lets us in to the psychology of the crime and the crime-solver but never makes it tedious---we'll call them char
Jun 21, 2012 TK421 rated it really liked it

What type of detective is Maigret?

A justified killing? chabut...

oh i forgot...

Pigou....sorry man
Mar 16, 2009 Laurab rated it really liked it
Entertaining, fun, engaging.
Nov 11, 2016 Diabolika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mistery
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Jul 17, 2015 Marlowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
According to my dear ol’ mum, bless her French book-reading heart, there’s an entire series of Maigret detective novels. For my own part, I’ve only encountered this one, so I’ll have to take her word for it. In this episode, the owner of a wine distribution company has been murdered and Jules Maigret is called in to investigate.

Le marchand de vin is rather different from many of the detective novels I usually read. For one thing, it’s an actual detective novel – in that the person doing the inve
Tom Donaghey
Jan 01, 2016 Tom Donaghey added it
Shelves: mystery
MAIGRET AND THE WINE/MERCHANT MAIGRET AND THE BUM by Georges Simenon are very much two of a kind. Reading either of these classic Maigret titles takes us back to 1963 and 1970 Paris and what seems a much simpler time. I read these just before and after the attacks of Friday the 13th and have considered what to write for almost two months.
These books are a snapshot look into a past that never really existed. In both Maigret and the Paris police seem part of a sleepy little village where the hom
Dec 14, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very late Maigret crime novel, completed in 1969, and totally unlike any other I have ever read. While it features an investigation of a murder of a rather loathsome individual, the identity of the killer is established about halfway through the book. Somehow I expected there to be twists and turns of the usual sort with red herrings thrown up all along the way, but no -- this book proceeds to its inexorable ending with the criminal apprehended and arrested. And then I realized that th ...more
Jul 01, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simenon, Georges. MAIGRET AND THE WINE MERCHANT. (1970). ****. While in the middle of interviewing a young man who has just confessed to murdering his grandmother after asking her for money, Maigret is interrupted by the news of a prominent wine merchant having been shot to death while leaving a high-class house of assignation. After overseeing all the forensics and having the body taken away, it is up to Maigret to inform the victim’s wife of her husband’s death. When he talks to the dead man’s ...more
Very interesting little mystery. Not much happens in the way of action; this is more an examination of types of people, their motives, actions and reactions. What are their resources, their backgrounds, their intelligence, education, financial standing, state of marriage. What kind of a person commits a murder? What drives a person to such an action? Why are certain people seducers and philanderers? Or lazy or unkind or timid? Strangely, considering the pace and lack of action, the book is not b ...more
Phillip Kay
Dec 30, 2012 Phillip Kay rated it liked it
Maigret and the Wine Merchant was first published as Maigret et le marchand de vin in 1970. It was translated by Eileen Ellenbogen. Oscar Chabut was a very successful man. He had started from nothing and made himself proprietor of one of the most successful wine businesses in France. But he had a chip on his shoulder, a need to humiliate and dominate every man and woman he dealt with. Someone had enough. Leaving a bordello one evening, Chabut is shot dead. There seem to be too many suspects, far ...more
Jill Hutchinson
Apr 19, 2013 Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it
Another Maigret tale from the world's most prolific mystery writer. These book are so enjoyable because the plots are extremely simple, you often know who the killer is early on, and there is no violence. The joy of reading of Maigret's investigations is the beauty of Simenon's narrative skills. He paints a picture of his characters very skillfully and many times the murderer is a victim of circumstance for whom you feel empathy. In this short book, a philandering and wealthy wine merchant who i ...more
Marti Martinson
(No spoilers.) This is my first Simenon novel. There is an almost antiseptic feel to the book. One of the murders is described very luridly, but Maigret (as a man, a husband, and especially as a detective) is almost comically "clean". He says:

"All of us are to be pitied, to a greater or lesser extent." (page 172)

"My inspectors don't knock people about." (page 184)

There is nothing outrageous in characterization, plot, setting, nor dialogue. Simenon mentions, matter-of-factly, marital infidelity,
Bushra Zia
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A rich, wine merchant is dead. Detective Maigret must sift through the suspects for the cause of his murder.

A short detective story. Simenon brings an emphatic perspective of the young mistresses kept
Mar 06, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, european, classic
When prosperous wine merchant Oscar Chabut is shot dead outside a fashionable bordello he has just been visiting with his mistress and secretary, Maigret finds that extra-marital behaviour in Chabut's social group is pretty much the norm. Chabut seems to regard sexual conquest as a means of exerting power and maintaining his self-esteem, and has in the course of his business, created rather a large cast of enemies. Hints of blackmail, anonymous telephone calls and letters and glimpses of a shado ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Jane rated it liked it
After our week in Paris, I'm anxious to read everything I can set in the charming city.
George Simenon's Maigret is a beloved character whose books I read in the 80's, probably. Trouble is, I don't have a record of which ones. So, I may just start through them again. This one is # 71!
I recommend the series! All relatively small novels, seeped in the setting of Paris and the area. Maigret is enormously wry.
Dec 09, 2011 Dan rated it it was amazing
I was told of this author about three weeks ago, and 3 days ago, I started to read this book, my first of this author.
The book was amazing; it was simple to read, simple to understand, and at 187 pages, it was very short. I liked it a lot, and if the other books in my small collection of Simenon books are as good, I'll have a new favorite author.
I highly recommend this book to whomever wants a good read but doesn't have the time to read a long book.
William S.
Jul 11, 2011 William S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good detective read, and perfect as an introduction to the world of Inspector Maigret. It explores both the seamy and the fashonable sides of Paris, as Maigret sets out to discover who killed a prominent wine wholesaler. The solution depends upon Maigret's knowledge of human behavior and motivation. We almost feel sorry for the murderer, given the provocations that finally became irresistible. Miss Marple would not approve, but I loved it!
Mar 03, 2011 Nigie rated it it was ok
The second story in the two-novel anthology recently bought from the local opshop concludes my dip into Georges Simenon. Not boring, but unremarkable is this murder mystery in which the killer wasn't even one of the suspects. Ending disappointingly to say the least, it seems more a superficial study of a loser in the French economy than a whodunnit. Why couldn't the killer have been Madame Blanche???
Anna Rossi
Oct 28, 2013 Anna Rossi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gialli
In questa storia Simenon punta i riflettori più che sulle indagini sulla personalità della vittima e il lettore si vedrà impegnato a seguire il commissario Maigret nei suoi "pellegrinaggi" da un luogo a un altro per appurare più elementi possibili sulla vita dell'uomo assassinato, mentre un'insidiosa influenza disturba i processi mentali dell'acuto poliziotto...
Jan 31, 2013 Roxy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Schneller Marsch durch einen Simenon!

Einen Maigret zu lesen, heißt, zu wissen worauf man sich einlässt: ein solider Krimi. Meine Lieblingsfigur ist immer noch Madame Maigret. Herrlich resolute Ehefrau und irgendwie etwas schrullig.

Maigret liebt Sauerkraut und Kassler, und Bier?! Ist mir vorher nie aufgefallen.
Jul 05, 2008 Jc rated it it was amazing
Another fine Maigret adventure. Maigret is the only polic-procedural cop who seems to lead a normal life with a loving wife and no obsessive angst. The calmness of the character makes the nasty world of crime and murder that he deals with seem more disturbing. Georges Simenon is one of the great contributors to crime fiction in the post-Holmes world.
Aug 10, 2010 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This slim book gets a lot done in a short amount of time. French Chief Inspector Maigret is in charge of the investigation of a promintent Paris wine merchant. Though he finds that the dead man richly deserved his fate, Maigret must set a trap for the killer, a killer who has overstepped the boundaries of acceptable societal behavior.
Jul 29, 2011 Lexi rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I adore the Maigret mysteries, which feature a lovely French Inspector who seems to get more depressed than elated by his work. It's kind of old-fashioned which I also like. Really, they're lovely tales. I read this whole on in airports and on the plane! Very engrossing!
Jan 01, 2016 Ian rated it liked it
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Sep 18, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it
Great detective novel...I think I have found a new author! I enjoyed the pacing of the novel and of Chief Inspector Maigret. If you're looking for a quick, but thoroughly enjoyable read I would recommend this one.
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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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