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The Late Monsieur Gallet

(Inspector Maigret #3)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,050 ratings  ·  235 reviews
 A devastating tale of misfortune, betrayal, and the weakness of family ties, newly translated for the Inspector Maigret series
In the third Maigret mystery, the circumstances of Monsieur Gallet's death all seem fake: the name he was traveling under, his presumed profession, and, more worryingly, his family's grief. Their haughtiness seems to hide ambiguous feelings about
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 5th 2013 by Penguin Classics (first published February 1931)
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Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s interesting that in some lists it says this is Maigret #2 and here #3. Well regardless of it’s actual number, this is a fantastic read. I said the first Maigret book I read earlier this year, which was #1 was the best fiction book I had read this year, well this ran it a close second.
The writing is again excellent, the characterisations, especially Maigret himself are wonderful and the setting is again so evocative of France. In my humble and biased opinion a wonderful 5 ⭐️ detective novel
Nancy Oakes
After giving it some thought, I'm raising my rating of this novel to 5 stars because this is one of those books in which I'm blown away not only by Simenon's own observations of humanity, but also by his ability to put them on paper via crime fiction and have them resonate so deeply. Even after only reading four of these books, I can already tell that it's what sets his work apart from other more run-of-the-mill police procedurals. So far this one is my favorite Maigret novel, completely differe ...more
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maigret Stonewalled was the first Maigret to get translated in to English, not as the Penguin edition claims, the first ever Maigret, even so it was the third official Maigret, published ten years after the first Poirot and over forty years from the first Holmes. Here we find a rather faceless Inspector sent traipsing around a town he'd never heard of and the holiday destination Sancerre on Loire 205km away from where Maigret is stationed with the Paris police. In many ways this is a pretty conv ...more
David R. Dowdy
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, classic
Georges Simenon continues to amaze with The Late Monsieur Gallet.

In a very quick read (my copy is 155 pages), Simenon weaves a splendid tale. Once again, Inspector Maigret works mostly alone. He has a lot of resources at his disposal yet he singularly is up to the task.

There are two things I especially appreciate about Simenon. One is that he gives Maigret professional, dogged determination. With a lot of unknowns, the inspector digs and wills the facts through old-fashioned searching and siftin
Ivonne Rovira
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed Georges Simenon’s Pietr the Latvian, the very first novel in the series featuring the persistent and clever Detective Chief Inspector Jules Maigret. The second novel — published variously as Lock 14, The Carter of La Providence and Maigret Meets a Milord — not as much.

Monsieur Émile Gallet appears the epitome of bourgeois respectability: a traveling salesman of silver-plated flatware and christening cups through all of Normandy, with a patrician wife in his 2,000-franc-a-mon
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
A twisted tale of death and money.

Spoiler alert. There are no shoot outs, car chases, or Hollywood stunts here, just a damn good yarn.

Inspector Maigret must investigate a strange death, or is it a murder, in a small French town.

Clues seem to be everywhere, but which ones are real?

Using methodical leg-work to follow up each clue we see the Inspector eliminate all the possibilities until he uncovers the truth.

As a bonus the author Georges Simenon describes the country town with glowing realism whi
Sharon Barrow Wilfong
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Maigret to be published in book form. It was published in 1931 and shows that Simenon, while clearly developed and refined his story telling technique through the years, nevertheless, came out of the shoot a genius.

In this story a man is found murdered in a hotel room. You guessed it, Monsieur Gallet. He is shot in the face, but also stabbed in the heart. The gun shot came from the window, but no trace of the gun can be found. Who shot Gallet? And why was he also stabbed?

In fa
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, simenon
This is the first of the early Maigrets in which I feel that Simenon outsmarted himself. Maigret Stonewalled is altogether too rich in incident, too rich in characters, and excessively rich in strange clues that seem to point nowhere. This is one of those cases where the complexities of the crime are such that no one could be prosecuted without an excessive social cost to many of the innocent parties. I am grateful that Simenon did not continue this strain of complexity in the other works of his ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unusual murder investigation for Inspector Maigret that takes him from Paris to Sancerre. The layers of untruths he must pilot through are astounding. I have never read such a carefully plotted labyrinth of clues about identity that lead to Maigret movingly eulogizing a life bereft of identity and reward. There will be no arrest at conclusion of this case.
Elizabeth (Alaska)
First, let me say that I see nothing that would indicate these need to be read in order. I did read the first one first, Pietr the Latvian. It's been long enough that I don't remember what kind of introduction to Maigret was in that one. Here, Simenon does not especially assume that you already know Maigret. I find his character to be as well-drawn - perhaps better - than one might expect of characterizations in the genre. He's a big fellow and he likes to be challenged in his job. At first, he ...more
I do like the Maigret books, as well as Maigret as a character (even if, in my mind, he looks like Rowan Atkinson, who does a really good job of playing him on TV), and I didn't see the twist in this one coming.
Justin  K. Rivers
One of the earliest Maigret novels (though not the first, as my edition claims on the back), this book has an interesting mystery and a surprising conclusion. There are two problems with it. Here, Maigret is all alone, out in the country and away from the traditional cast of characters, and away from the somewhat melancholy atmosphere of Parisian crime that makes these novels so flavorful. He seems out of context, to a degree. The other problem is that the solution to the crime, although certain ...more
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I really enjoyed this, the 3rd instalment of Maigret and the book with the strongest portrait so far of the man who is going to dominate the series. Simenon's writing is superb, it's really vivid and punchy. Interestingly this feels like a window into another time and not overly dated.
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
My second Maigret novel. I enjoyed the plot of this one more than Pietr the Latvian. All the characters Maigret meets are all so unlikeable. Even the victim and is Walter Mitty life. I thought the ending was clever and refreshing in what Maigret does.
Deb Jones
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Another well-written Detective Inspector Maigret novel, this one with an ending that I did not see coming, although in retrospect I did understand where I went wrong. Lol I swallowed the red herrings hook, line and sinker.

Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A man under a false identity is found stabbed and shot in a puzzling case that grows more and more interesting as the book progresses. Maigret struggles to understand the mysterious victim until the very end of the story. A perfectly fin Maigret tale
David Highton
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second book read in the new Penguin series - a clever and complex plot is not enough to stop Maigret solving this murder in a rural hotel in the Paris hinterland
Charles Dee Mitchell
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
In the midst of a summer heat wave, while most of the Parisian police force works guard duty for a visit from the King of Spain and other officers are either off attending a forensic conference or minding their sick children, Detective Chief Inspector Maigret takes on the murder of a commercial traveler found dead in his hotel room in Sancerre. The note from the local police mentions, “Many curious details.” That’s an understatement. The victim, M. Gallet, has been living a double life for eight ...more
Helga Cohen
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Late Monsieur Gallet is another good Inspector Maigret mystery. I read many of these many years ago and have decided to read or reread them since their reprinting by Penguin. These are police procedurals that show how Maigret is able to work mostly alone and solve complex mysteries. Simenon’s keen sense of observation are always prevalent.

In this mystery, Maigret has to solve why Gallet died. Everything seems fake, his death, the assumed name he uses for travel, his presumed profession, an
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
The Maigret series begins strong. The unromantic Inspector circles around a mystery worthy of the wildest pulp fiction. Rather than a methodical approach or a flash of brilliance, his method consists of amassing as much information as he can until some little detail starts nagging away at him to the point where he finds the key to the whole mystery in resolving that itch. Highly gripping and to my mind Maigret is still unique among fictional sleuths.
Cherie O'Boyle
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of those good old-fashioned mysteries where the author lets the clues trickle out and the reader tries to solve the puzzle before it is revealed. I didn't make it on this one. On the other hand, I find if I'm able to guess the solution before it is revealed, I think less of the author. I also like a historical mystery where it is historical because it was actually written in history. Love all the details.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm finding these Maigret mysteries by Simenon to be hit-or-miss, and not nearly as good as his stand-alone novels. This particular entry, published in 1931, is one of the earliest. In that way it's pretty interesting, giving you a glimpse of society between the wars. Lots of crisp detail and some great characterizations had me hooked early on. Less resonant are Simenon's critiques of the various French classes. If you're up modern French history, these books are probably a real treat. As an Ame ...more
Sonia Almeida Dias
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a police mistery, this was ok. But everything else was so very good. Simenon's writing is excellent, his observations about human nature, the way he describes people, their motivations, even their looks, is very good. Maigret is a very special detective, full of flaws and humanity, on all its aspects.
A very good and interesting book.
Shabbeer Hassan
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A less of a murder mystery but more of Maigret's poignant observations on humanity is shown primarily via the manner (aka ending) in which he resolves the case. Regardless to say, his dogged determination to get to the truth is at display here too like in, Pietr the Latvian.

My Rating - 4/5
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inspector Maigret deals with a strange murder in The Late Monsieur Gallet by Georges Simenon, translated from the French by Anthea Bell. Getting sent to the countryside to deal with a murder, Maigret has a hard time picturing the victim, as the body looks nothing like the old photograph. But then, Madame Gallet explains her husband had been dieting. People say he was right-handed, but evidence suggests the victim is left-handed. And the victim uses different names. Further, he hasn’t worked for ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the earliest Maigret mysteries that Simenon wrote, first published in 1931, Maigret finds himself investigating the death of a man found in a hotel room with the side of his face blown off and a stab wound. Another fast paced case with twists and turns where key things and persons aren't what they seem to be.
Noah Goats
At the end of the day, I just don't think Maigret is very interesting, and this series seems fairly bloodless. The first Simenon book I ever read was Dirty Snow, and I thought it was fantastic. I wish Simenon's big detective series was as good.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Added another star a day later. The characters and scenario linger (always a good sign), and it's a highly enjoyable read.
Elizabeth Theiss
I haven’t spent time with the good Inspector Maigret since I was young, so it was comforting to know that he is still as world weary but pragmatic as always.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: simenon-georges
Published in France in 1931 as M. Gallet Decede (sorry, I can't reproduce accents marks on this keyboard, but you may picture one above each "e") the edition I'm reviewing is the 2013 translation by Anthea Bell, which was published by Penguin. This edition (The Late Monsieur Gallet) states that this was "the first Maigret novel to be published in book form." I gather some of the Maigret novels had been serialized, beginning in the late 1920s. I can't tell if this book was introduced in book form ...more
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“The inspector knew the mentality of malefactors, criminals and crooks. He knew that you always find some kind of passion at the root of it.” 3 likes
“I felt for too long anyway that there was something creaky about this story. You needn’t try to understand, but when all the material clues manage to confuse matters rather than clarify them, it means they’ve been faked … and everything, without exception, is fake in this case. It all creaked.” 1 likes
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