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Le Charretier de la providence

(Inspector Maigret #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,795 ratings  ·  215 reviews
Elle aimait les bijoux,les lumières, le luxe. C'est étranglée sur là paille d'une écurie, près d'une écluse du canal, à la hauteur d'Epernay, qu'on l'a retrouvée. Non loin de là, dans un paysage brumeux et imprécis, un yacht anglais allait plus vite que les lourdes péniches tirées par des chevaux. Sur un vélo d'emprunt, Maigret pédalait patiemment sur le chemin de halage. ...more
Unknown Binding, 183 pages
Published February 19th 2003 by LGF (first published March 1931)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”There are all kinds of bolt-holes. Some have the smell of whisky, eau de Cologne, a woman and the sounds of gramophone records….”

She didn’t look like the type of woman who would be found dead in a stable. She is dressed very well; one might even say with sophistication. She is draped in expensive jewels. She is very pretty. One can’t imagine she was frolicking with a stable boy. She looks like the type of woman who does her lovemaking on silk sheets with a glass of champagne close to hand. Her
Ok firstly it say Maigret #2, it’s NOT, it’s the 4th in the series. Does that really make any difference, well no as each story so far has been stand alone, but I’m a pedantic old (?) sod so it does to me.

I will write more on the morow but suffice to say “woah, series respect to M. Georges Simenon, this book had it all: intrigue pathos, seduction, exertion, emotion but above all kindness and understanding."

This book starts with the discovery of a woman's body in a stable attached to a lock
The murder victim is an expensively dressed woman found under some straw in a stable beside a canal - she is wearing jewellery, the reader can only assume that Inspector Maigret has been summoned from Paris to deal with one of those Creme Passionelles, like you find in fancy assortments of chocolates.

And as in all the other Simenon stories I've read so far (A crime in Holland, Tropic Moon, Maigret and the Saturday Caller, The Two-penny bar, Maigret in Court ), this one is also a case of
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Maigret novel, and the best part? It was a whodunit. Being an incorrigible mystery lover, I simply can’t resist a good murder mystery.

Be prepared to be transported back in time and place to the canals & locks of Dizy, France in the 1930s. The author’s depiction of that time and place is realistic and helps create the atmosphere.

The body of a “society woman” has been discovered in a stable. She would be identified as the wife of Sir Lampson, who has been travelling in his
Nandakishore Varma
This is my first Maigret, and it failed to wow me in the same way that English mysteries do. There is no dramatic murder, the group of suspects who all have equal motives and opportunities, the red herrings thrown all over the place and the final suspenseful chapter when the sleuth tears away the mask from the face of the most unlikely suspect with the panache of a magician producing the proverbial rabbit from the hat. Yes, yes, I know it never happens in real life - but I do not read mysteries ...more
Inspector Maigret investigates first one then a second death on the canal.

The slow, but persistent rhythm of barges and locks. Beautiful descriptions of the water-ways of France...

Clues, but where will they lead?
He went out feeling that perhaps he was now holding one end of the thread but also fearing he would drop it.

‘The cap in the stables … The cufflink in the yard … And the YCF badge near the stone bridge …’

Which of these clues would point Maigret toward the murderer?

Fascinating, detailed
Ivonne Rovira
Jan 21, 2014 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
Charles  van Buren
**Warning: this text may contain spoilers** Charles van Buren


3.0 out of 5 stars

Not a traditional mystery at all

April 13, 2019

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Publication date:April 1, 2014
Publisher:Penguin Books

This review may contain SPOILERS but the greatest SPOILER of all is the title. The first English title was THE CRIME AT LOCK 14 thereby avoiding the dead giveaway. It really does not matter as much as you may
Jan C
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, police
I'm a big Maigret and Simenon fan. But I think this one was lost in my Kindle for a while.

I like the ones where he gets out of town. I think this is the second in the series. It goes under several names. It was recently nominated for a monthly read in a group and I was surprised to discover that I was reading it - only under a different title!
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wondered whether I was reading a police report about a murder when I began this book. The incongruous title of the book also indicated that this was not a whodunit but a whydunit.

In rather pedestrian prose the author seems focused on stagecraft: where was everyone at the time of the murder, and on the minutia in events taking place around a canal lock. This fixation is partially explained by the fact that Simenon was fond of boats, and spent six months in 1928 (around the time this book was
Charles  van Buren
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Deb Jones
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
The librarian who checked me out remarked that The Carter of 'La Providence' was "an oldie but goodie." I totally agree.
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
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, fiction
My first Inspector Maigret and second Simenon. I previously read "The Widow" which also happens to be set near a canal. I thought they were both great. It's a neat trick to clearly evoke places and characters so economically.
Bill Lynas
I'm still not sure where I stand on the Maigret novels. This is the third or fourth one I've read & I quite enjoy them, but I'm not sure it's enough to continue with the series.
Lok 14 starts promisingly, with a murder by a canal & Simenon creates an interesting picture of the place & the people working & living there. However, even for a short novella, there isn't quite enough going on to keep my attention. I still have another Maigret story on my bookshelf, so perhaps when I
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've recently rediscovered Georges Simenon having not read him for many decades. I'd only ever read his Maigret books so started with a couple of his Roman Durs (hard novels) - both The Mahé Circle and The Hand are excellent.

I then read Pietr the Latvian (1930), the first book in the Maigret series, and so to this one - the second book in the series. Whilst these books are very succinct, I'm coming to the conclusion that these early Maigret books are not up to the standard of the later books.
David R. Dowdy
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Chief Inspector Maigret of the Flying Squad searches for clues. A woman has been discovered dead aboard a narrow boat. She’s been murdered. This is canal country in northeast France where narrow or canal boats move swiftly, carrying goods or passengers from embankment to embankment.

Hustle is a necessity to maintain one’s place in a line of boats. Captains are expected to use all guile and jealousy at their disposal to guard against another boat that wishes to take his or her place. The
Mar 29, 2016 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
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book! Short, easy, satisfying read. Excellent puzzle and solution.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s a gentle rhythm to ‘The Carter of La Providence’. It’s not the same kind of gentleness one finds in a Miss Marple novel, as it’s nowhere near as cosy as that. But this murder mystery on the water ways and locks of France comes with its own peaceful rhythm, like water lapping on the edge of a dock at dawn. A murder takes place in a world with a slower pace of life, and even though the crime is brutal, the world just keeps making its own quiet way.

Initially it seems that the discovery of a
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The master Georges Simenon granted me that ecstatic feeling I only enjoy infrequently from reading a great book. I am uncertain of the timing Penguin used to republish Simenon, and I confess that I was unaware of this project. Google informs me the announcement was made in 2013.
When I clicked on newest ebook additions at my library I was a lucky girl to get one of the first five Inspector Maigret books available there. I hope the other four will come my way before too long.
The world loved
It's a rear occasion when murderer tends to be more likable than his victims. The problem with Maigret is that he doesn't show how his mind work.It's a black box for the reader. He also doesn't always share what he find out. It's a little bit annoying.
I liked Vladimir very much although he wasn't very talkative. :)
Nancy Oakes
I think a 3.5 on this one.

Sometimes when I've finished a book and have all the relevant information in my head, I can't help but to feel sorry for the villain, and that's certainly the case in this second novel in Simenon's Maigret series. This one is set along France's Canal latéral à la Marne, where two kilometers from Dizy stands Lock 14 and the nearby Café de la Marine, where "the rhythm of life ... was slow. " For a few days, life here is interrupted with the discovery of a body, which
Jose Ignacio
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve found something fascinating in this book that I wish I could give it the highest possible rating. Regrettably, I believe I won’t be able to state my reasons. Possibly what I appreciated most of this book is the atmosphere that Simenon is capable to re-create in the story, everything on it sounds genuine. We can come to realise that Simenon had experienced life in the canals by which he himself had sailed. The book in itself is difficult to class as a detective novel, the author unveils much ...more
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
May 05, 2015 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
Mary Durrant
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant mystery.
Atmospheric weather and wonderful characters.
Had me guessing and will be reading more of his novels!
Jan 25, 2014 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
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
Charles Dee Mitchell
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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