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Il crocevia delle Tre Vedove (Maigret #7)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  619 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Lei veniva avanti, la figura ancora indistinta nella semioscurità. Veniva avanti come la protagonista di un film, o meglio come la donna dei sogni di un adolescente. Era vestita di velluto nero? Fatto sta che era più scura di tutto il resto, che spiccava come un’ombra intensa, sontuosa. E la poca luce ancora sospesa nell’aria si concentrava sui suoi capelli biondi e legger ...more
Paperback, Gli Adelphi - Le Inchieste di Maigret, 142 pages
Published June 5th 1996 by Adelphi (first published 1931)
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Sep 13, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
Un Maigret anomalo. Non mi ero mai imbattuta in una sparatoria finora, non ricordo di aver mai letto del commissario con in mano una pistola e che la usi pure. Questa è la prima eccezione. Poi c’è in questo breve romanzo anche un pizzico di horror, che pure non è tipico dei Maigret. Per dire, il titolo del libro, Il crocevia delle tre vedove, deriva da tre vedove, madre e due figlie, che avevano abitato una casa aristocratica, una specie di vecchio maniero, in totale solitudine e vi erano state ...more
Jim Coughenour
My least favorite so far of the recent batch of Penguin re-translations of Simenon's Maigret novels. I'm not faulting Linda Coverdale, the much-appreciated translator of Jean Echenoz among others. It was the story that decayed – character by character, half-life by half-life – until the bitter end. The mystery wasn't much, but it took far too many pages to explain it to its restive perpetrators (à la Hercule Poirot). No one cared. It was one dull dénouement.

I did like the bitter end, if only for
Ivonne Rovira
Jan 14, 2016 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carl Andersen was a Dane wealthy enough to own his own airplane, but he has left his country to seek a quiet life in France. He and his sister Else spent a month in Paris and then rented a country house in an area near Arpajon called the Three Widows Crossroad. For three years, they lived as recluses, with Carl emerging only to get groceries and drop off the upholstery patterns he designed. Their isolation is interrupted when Carl’s jalopy of a car turns up in his neighbor’s garage. When the pol ...more
Can I have Else's black velvet dress?
NIGHT AT THE CROSSROADS. (1931; trans. 2014). George Simenon. ***.
This novel by Simenon featured Chief Inspector Maigret, although he was not mentioned in the title. Later, when he had become famous, his name was always included in the title of the book to boost sales. The story here is sensationalistic, full of central casting stereotypes and almost absurd motivations and dialog. It all starts when a man is found dead in a car parked in a garage of one of three houses that comprised the neighbo
John Frankham
Nov 30, 2013 John Frankham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
A stunningly good early Maigret. Not a police procedural, as another reviewer suggested, but more to do with psychological understanding of a wide range of French character types, and relationships and jealousies in marriage. A brilliant and satisfying denouement too. What a pleasure to be re-reading the first ten Maigrets, all issued in 1931, after a few years. As it happens, some of the later ones are even better!
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Jan 28, 2015 pierlapo quimby rated it liked it
Shelves: francofoni, maigret
I toni lugubri e spettrali dei primi capitoli svaniscono come fantasmi indirizzando il romanzo, dopo momenti di pura azione con sparatorie e inseguimenti, verso un epilogo sorprendentemente farsesco e quasi comico.
Che strano.
Charles Dee Mitchell
This is a workmanlike performance by Simenon. Maigret reports to the sparsely inhabited countryside outside Paris to investigate an improbable scenario. The cast of characters ranges from mysterious to comic, and most anyone could be guilty of the murder that sets things in motion. There’s another killing and two attempted murders. Maigret works it out, and spends too many pages at the end explaining the crimes to the perpetrators, who, despite the baroque elements of the situation, mostly turn ...more
Filippo Bossolino
Sep 18, 2014 Filippo Bossolino rated it it was amazing
Lo ritengo ad oggi il Maigret che più mi ha convinto, per tutta una serie di motivi; in primis per la trama di gran lunga più "effervescente" di quelle fino ad ora affrontate, poi per il fatto che (soprattutto dalla metà in poi) ci sia una discreta fase d'azione, aspetto non sempre scontato nei romanzi di Simenon, e infine la caratterizzazione esemplare di tanti dei protagonisti, "fratelli" Anderson, l'assicuratore, la moglie, il meccanico ecc…

Per chi, diversamente da me, ha soltanto l'esigenza
May 04, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have become addicted to Georges Simenon, and while I appreciate the Maigret crime novels somewhat less than the "psychological" books, this is a sensationally entertaining early Maigret (#7, published in 1931). It features one of the most sordid cast of characters in any of the dozen or so books I have read thus far, and they are all expertly drawn with an enviable economy. The plot has to do with a gang of jewels thieves that swiftly draws in more and more participants, so that by the end of ...more
Tony Fitzpatrick
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My first Maigret! Penguin are reissuing all the Maigret books in new translations by Linda Coverdale over the next few years, and the beautifully designed paperbacks caught my eye and persuaded me to try one. I get the impression from reading other reviews that Night at the Crossroads is not perhaps an entirely typical Maigret novel, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. I liked the succinct precision of the prose, the effortless storytelling and the simple but effective characterisation. I also loved ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Fil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1001-challenge
Questo romanzo appartiene alla lista 1001-libri e, per questo motivo, mi aspettavo molto. Sono rimasto deluso.
E' un buon giallo. Consigliato solo agli appassionati del genere.

Nelle prime pagine si nota il solito stile elegante di Simenon, che però tende stranamente a perdersi in azioni e sparatorie, non presenti spesso nelle sue opere.

Altri gialli di Maigret hanno chiare tematiche, come la vecchiaia, la politica, il giornalismo. Questa no. E' una delle opere di Simenon che assomiglia più ai gial
Jan 05, 2016 Rhys rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am addicted to the 'Maigret' novels and this is the ninth I have read so far. It's much more action packed than the others I have read, involving lots of shootouts. The atmosphere is incredible. The setting of an isolated crossroads junction (with a garage and only three houses) that is nonetheless on a busy road is amazing. Simenon really had a special talent.
This is Maigret #7 (and not #6 as sometimes stated), by now well into canon Maigret. As someone who writes, I know how one struggles to find ways to keep stories fresh, even when working within a pre-defined field. Simenon does this by varying venue, many of his stories take place outside Paris, but especially through the quirky characters he introduces into his stories. This novel is a brilliant example of Simenon's use of quirkiness, both in the apparent portrait of the crime committed as pres ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I re-read this short novel after viewing several episodes of the PBS series with Michael Gambon. I wanted to do a little comparison of the genres.
The novel was way more theatrical, even melodramatic than the TV series. This was early Maigret and Simenon had not yet found his mature style. Still enjoyable for the concise prose and subtle psychological portraits.
If you have not seen the Gambon series I recommend that you do. Gambon is a masterful actor and his Maigret is kindly and sympathetic. I
Jun 17, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could not resist the $2.99 price, but should be ashamed of myself for not getting it from the library instead. Anyway, as with any Inspector Maigret mystery, it was a good read. Full of improbable weirdness, but that's part of the charm. Another part is all the sandwiches and beer that Maigret and his colleagues order when working on a case. There is really no good reason why I should love Maigret, but I just do. In the middle of reading several other books, all of which are quite good, and with ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Dvora rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
Although I consider myself a Simenon fan (for the Maigret stories, that is) I reluctantly admit that I did not like this one. There is usually at least one endearing character you can get behind and sometimes a whole lot of them, or the plot is good. Nothing of that here, at least in my opinion. I don't know if incomplete sentences (with no subject or no verb, or both... The crimson chair, the open window.) are acceptable in French but I find them annoying in English. It could be he wrote all hi ...more
Tim Boudreau
featuring an Italian named Guido Ferrari!

Jul 06, 2014 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Simenon's Maigret series in part because it's not difficult to jump into these books - no complicated backstory about Maigret or a lot of convoluted subplots. The mystery is introduced fairly quickly and the books are just as long as they need to be (smart enough to be interesting, but not too smart as to be a struggle to read on the beach). Plus you can find cheap Simenon paperbacks in almost any used book store. This isn't the first of his I've read, but it's an excellent place to star ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Book seven in the new Penguin editions using a more modern translation of these classic Maigret novels.
Night at the Crossroads by George Simenon translated by Linda Coverdale.
This was already one of my favourite stories from an earlier version and it was good to re-read it.
When reading these books one needs to remember the time they were written and originally published. 1931 is another world today and even one I didn't personally inhabit. However, I do remember Jimmy Cagney movies and the Bonni
Michael Romo
May 17, 2015 Michael Romo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of the early Maigret books in which the Chief Inspector gets physically involved in subduing a criminal. You know from his physical description in prior novels that he is a huge man that you would think twice to cross but you never really picture him joining the fray. I guess this is because he mainly uses his intelligence and his reading of human nature to solve the mystery and to bring the criminal to justice.
I've picked up a couple of stinkers, bookwise lately, so it was a pleasure to lose myself in a Maigret, even if this was was a little more disjointed than others I've read. Of course it could be that my lung function has plummeted and I'm not getting proper oxygenation to my brain.

Either way Georges Simenon didn't fail me, and I spent a few happy hours figuring out the plot at a crossroads in France.
Mar 21, 2015 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was looking forward to this book, hoping to find a new series. Generally very well reviewed from literary reviews, so went into it with lofty hopes. However, it turned out to be an okay police procedural. It definitely captures the French/European locale in the early 1930's, but most of the characters fall somewhat flat for me. The standout is Else, femme fatale, who's fabulous throughout.
May 16, 2015 Kenneth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the interrogation of a Danish aristocrat whose car was discovered in a neighbor's house with the dead body of a Jewish diamond merchant from Brussels, Belgium, in it, Maigret finds himself investigating at a rural crossroads where nearby are the aristocrat's house, the neighbor's house and a gas station/car repair garage, all near a highway with a lot of strange traffic going by.
Jul 27, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this, particularly the extremely atmospheric first half of the book, with its grubby crossroads and list of odd characters. Simenon gets a lot into a short space. Although unusually I did see some of the plot twists coming later on and the book didn't maintain the power of the first half. Three and a half stars.
Apr 08, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
A wonderfully atmospheric and descriptive Maigret story. Love the spooky start and the amazingly taught plot considering such a small location & cast of characters. Everyone is so well drawn in Simenon's trademark sparce yet vivid style. Also 1930s rural France is so alive and just jumps off the page.
Barbara Nutting
Mar 01, 2016 Barbara Nutting rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can't beat Monsieur Georges for a great adventure!! Written in 1931 (even before MY time!!) it still has so many elements of today's problems - drugs, sex, crime etc minus the rock 'n roll!! A Belgian, male Agatha Christie - smart and subtle.
Chief Inspector Maigret patiently investigates a murder at an isolated crossroads community of three innocent-looking households. Is the beautiful, mysterious woman a femme fatale?

Continue to wonder how a chief inspector can hang out for an extended period of time to doggedly ferret out the killer - something common in the Maigret series. Perhaps this is a 1930s French methodology...
Bernard Norcott-mahany
I'm afraid that I'm one of the people who don't quite get Maigret. They always come across as sort of police procedurals, sort of cozies, with a little homespun psychological reflections tossed in. They don't seem to have much depth. I liked this better than most because 1) there wasn't a lot of rain (it's always raining in Maigret's world, it seems) and 2) the night scenes had a certain amount of drama to them.
I mainly read this book so I'll be ready if ever I get to see the Jean Renoir film b
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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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