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Friend of Madame Maigret (Maigret #34)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  637 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
In The Friend of Madame Maigret, Simenon's economic prose brilliantly portrays the Marais quarter of Paris and those who haunt its narrow streets as Inspector Maigret attempts to prove that a murder has actually been committed without a corpse anywhere to be found. As the investigation becomes increasingly complex, seemingly unconnected characters are drawn into the case, ...more
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Published June 5th 2007 by Penguin Books (first published 1950)
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Ivonne Rovira
Mar 26, 2017 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any mystery lover
One large reason that I so enjoyed The Madman of Bergerac and Maigret's Holiday is that patient, insightful Louise Maigret plays a larger role than usual in those novels. That’s once again true in this novel, the 34th in this wonderful series. First released in English in 1959 with the more accurate title Madame Maigret’s Own Case, this 35th novel in the Maigret series is one of the best for Madame Maigret fans like myself.

The current title is a bit of a misnomer. You know how it is: You strike
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Jim
Aug 21, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, mysteries, simenon
Georges Simenon rarely disappoints me, especially in the Jules Maigret mysteries he wrote over a forty-year span. By now, I have read probably twenty of them -- without so much as scratching the surface.

Madame Maigret's Own Case (L'amie de Mme Maigret] gives the French police inspector a seemingly impossible problem: A bookbinder is arrested for suspicion of murder when two human teeth are found in his furnace. Also, not a million miles away, Mme Maigret is waiting on a park bench chatting with
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Richard
May 30, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, previously-read
An interesting departure from most of the Maigret novels. Indeed from the outset the focus appears to be on his wife who prior to her dental appointments was in the habit of sitting on a park bench until her time. Most of the reason was to meet her friend who came to the park each day with her Son.
Although nothing is said was it because of Madame Maigret's love of children, the Maigret's being childless? However on this particular morning Maigret's wife gets more as she bargains for as the mothe
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Pupottina

Una donna come la signora Maigret non può finire in prima pagina. Cosa le sarà successo?
Noi lettori non possiamo che esserne felici, poiché quella che, per tanti romanzi, è stata soltanto una figura secondaria, di sfondo, sfruttata come componente tranquillizzante di una normalità domestica, diventa finalmente reale.
Il commissario Maigret non può permettere che accada qualcosa alla sua famiglia. Deve portare alla luce la verità. Ma non è il solo, poiché anche la signora Maigret non si lascia zit
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Emmett
I picked this up in anticipation of seeing Madame Maigret taking on a larger role in a Maigret story, but unfortunately the title led me to expect more than what it delivered. Madame Maigret does play the sleuth intermittently in this one and her experience is a fundamental facet of the case at the centre of the story. Otherwise she is still a secondary character with only slightly more frequent appearances than her usual remarks of family life and affection with the eponymous detective.

And this
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Eman
May 14, 2017 Eman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i don't know why i loved this novel, i guess i just loved how calm and soothing it was the whole time, yet never boring.
definitely reading another book in this series inshallah
Tony
Jan 07, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simenon, Georges. MADAM MAIGRET’S OWN CASE. (1959). ***1/2. The plot of this case for Maigret was a bit more confusing than most. There were lots of extra characters floating around that made it difficult to keep track of the action. In any event, it was still a good read. It all starts out when Chief Inspector Maigret gets an anonymous tip that a murder has been committed at a bookbinder’s shop. When the police go to investigate, they find that there are two teeth in the furnace, and a blue sui ...more
Tony
Jul 19, 2014 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE FRIEND OF MADAME MAIGRET. (1950; trans. 1960). Georges Simenon. ****.
We learn of two allegedly unrelated events: Mme. Maigret was sitting on a bench in the park – she was early for her dental appointment – when a woman and a young child sat next to her. After a bit, the woman asked her if she would look after the child for a little while as she had an important errand to run. Of course Maigret agreed. After a couple of hours, during which time Mme. Maigret was becoming increasingly concerned
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Steven
Jan 23, 2017 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an enjoyable Maigret mystery, but not one from Simenon's top drawer. As is often the case with the less satisfying books, the resolution of the murder case comes out of nowhere, so the reader is really unable to participate with the Inspector in the amusement of intuiting what has happened. However, the involvement of Madame Maigret as an integral part of the plot is interesting, and there are several scenes of domesticity that don't usually figure in these books.

The characters themselv
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Tom Donaghey
Oct 11, 2015 Tom Donaghey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, french
MADAME MAIGRET’S OWN CASE by the incomparable Georges Simenon is a 1959 outing for the Paris police. They have received an anonymous note telling of a body that has been incinerated in a local bookbinder’s shop. Upon investigation, two teeth are found in the ashes and the bookbinder is held in custody awaiting further developments.
For Madame Maigret, an ordinary trip to the dentist leaves her with custody of a child when the nanny suddenly departs the small park they are in. It is only several
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Donna
Feb 16, 2013 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of Marsh, Allingham and Christie
Shelves: mystery
Georges Simenon and his detective Maigret appear regularly in books about mysteries. There are many, many of these books. I had not read one before, but having stumbled across a collection of these stories, I took the opportunity to read one.

The murder mystery is quite good and I enjoyed watching the case develop. Maigret takes a fatherly interest in the policemen working for him and even though one almost destroys the investigation, he gives this same policeman a difficult job to do. Madame Mai
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Eugene
What a pleasure! 64 years later, it hasn't aged at all. Maigret remains one of the immortals of detective fiction. Clear, spare writing, good plotting, and an easy yet crisp pace. Many a writer today could learn from Simenon...

Madame Maigret is sitting on a park bench, when the young woman she often sees there leaves her little boy for a moment, and then disappears! Meanwhile the Inspector is following up an anonymous tip indicating a body has been incinerated at the home of a Marais bookbinder,
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Owen
Aug 08, 2013 Owen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good one, this. There is a sub plot involving Madame Maigret, whose devoted relationship to here husband is nicely reflected. But the main plot concerns a murder committed by a varied group of individuals and the police inquiry that follows.

As always with Maigret novels, it seems, 1950s Paris can be enjoyed as a place of quaint, village-like relationships and clearly delineated characters: the garrulous cobbler, the nosy concierge, the cynical but essentially public-spirited policeman.

And there
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Mommalibrarian
Mar 03, 2013 Mommalibrarian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I have never seen this policeman on television so everything about the book was fresh and interesting. It is the sort of mystery where if you look back you have almost as much information as Mr Maigret; the person who solves the crime. Also interesting is the setting of Paris and the habits of Parisians, at least around 1950. The restaurant sends up 'a pile of sandwiches on a tray' and 'glasses of beer'! The police think nothing of stopping for a beer as they go about their day of investigation. ...more
Val
Oct 21, 2012 Val rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-extra
This is an enjoyable mystery which is not just a straight policier (police procedural novel) like many of Simenon's. There are a few glimpses of domesticity chez Maigret and his wife. Maigret really shouldn't be diverting police resources to investigate his wife's acquaintance's strange behaviour, but it turns out to be connected with the murder case he should be investigating, so it all works out fine in the end. It is nice to meet Madame and get to know her better.
I enjoy Simenon's books and w
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Allenh
Mar 02, 2010 Allenh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, Maigret does not dissapoint. This book is a departure from the more common mode of Maigret gets his man and interrogates him. It's more about a baffling case dealing with four criminals who go missing and a murder who hasn't been identified (cremated in a furnace). Madame Maigret joins the case in an unexpected way, and we see a bit more of their relationship. The book is more confusing than most until the dots start to connect at the very end. Probably not the first Maigret I'd sugge ...more
Gaetano
Aug 21, 2015 Gaetano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stavolta la signora Maigret, di solito relegata in parti secondarie, appare in primo piano, partecipa all’indagine in modo attivo e si rivela … molto utile per la stessa, finendo addirittura sui giornali. Una sua amica occasionale diventa una delle persone ricercate dal marito in una storia dai contorni incerti.

Lettura come al solito piacevole a dal finale un po’ amaro.

Consigliata agli aspirati avvocati.
Maureen
Oct 22, 2011 Maureen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
not as good as the other maigret mysteries i've read. it certainly kept me in the dark. i had no idea how the plot would be resolved at all, and when the culprit(s)was/were revealed, it was also apparent that i would never have figured it out. still, as much as i enjoy that in a book normally, the getting there wasn't really all that fascinating in this one. still, i learn something from simenon in every book i read by him, so there's that.
Paul Secor
Feb 20, 2013 Paul Secor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typically good Maigret - although Madame Maigret gets relatively short shrift in this novel, in spite of the title. That's perhaps a weakness of the Maigret series - women are, for the most part, left out unless they're criminals. And the ending is weak - almost as if Simenon wanted to finish the novel and tie up all of the loose ends quickly. So - perhaps not one of my favorite Maigret's, but still a good read (no pun intended).
David
Jul 04, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything which was promised in Simenon's biography: a short crime novel more focused on the power of human instinct than on the crime itself, on the grey monotony of life than on a complex plot (easily untangled), on the quiet expect disappointment of human nature than on any unexpected deception. Closer to James Ellroy or Dostoievsky than A.Conan Doyle, probably because Simenon wrote crime novels where - in the end - the crime didn't matter.
Sasha
Jul 15, 2008 Sasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, own, cape
I found this Maigret novel very satisfying. The case in question is more complex than most, so that the whole story unfolds with a steady pace of revelations. Mme Maigret's involvement initially strains credulity a little bit, but that is made up for by the rest of the story. Full of intriguing detail of old Paris, and more characters are involved than usual.
April
Feb 09, 2015 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK short Simenon about a case Maigret is working on involving a bookbinder, his wife, a former prostitute, and 2 teeth found in his furnace. In what seems like a fortuitous coincidence, Madame Maigret actually strikes up the acquaintance of a woman with a little boy, who turns out somehow to be involved. A quick read. Maigret is his usual ornery but lovable self.
Rivkah.
The book was interesting. I do like mysteries, and this one was interesting although it moved a bit slowly. Had the typical twists and turns of a "who-did-it" story. I think that it took place in Paris France and was written by someone who lived there in that time period helped the book a lot, and it made me have to dig into French history more to fallow it.
John Marsh
Aug 01, 2010 John Marsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simenon evokes the atmosphere of Paris and its neighborhoods and its characters. There's little thrilling action or breathtaking detection skills; just the gradual discovery of what lays beneath the surface.
Rhys
Aug 19, 2014 Rhys rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The eighth 'Maigret' novel I have read and one of the best so far. The solving of the crime relies on a coincidence that is utterly plausible. It was nice to learn more about Maigret's wife and to observe a little of the great detective's domestic life.
Skip
Jan 16, 2015 Skip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only read five star books which is why I marked this book five star. Simenon's writing is smooth, clean, nothing wasted and his books are always page turners. I return easily to his books and am always glad I did.
Melinda
Sep 13, 2014 Melinda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, 2014
My favorite character in all the Maigret mysteries has always been Madame Maigret. This is a unique story because Madame Maigret helps tip over some events in a police investigation that ends up flushing the murderer out into the open.
Glitter
May 07, 2012 Glitter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a light, refreshing sort of read. Not one to take to seriously, but a rather intriguing and exciting plot. Its setting in Paris also helped quite a lot. It made it that little bit more magical.
Concha Marcos
Jan 12, 2013 Concha Marcos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El inspector Maigret me recuerda a Philip Marlowe pero mas cercano, mas creible. Personaje a veces contradictorio, desprende humanidad por todos los poros de su piel. Eso si, muy francés, Simenon construye un buen retrato de París en la época de los 50.
Sarah
May 19, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gone
Probably better read in french, which I used to be able to do as the vocabulary is pretty limited. Reminds me of my Dad who used to love Maigret, and Paris, and France. I might try another one and see if the charm survives the years a little better.
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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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