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The Yellow Dog

(Inspector Maigret #6)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  2,998 ratings  ·  260 reviews
The fifth book in the new Penguin Maigret series: Georges Simenon's gripping tale of small town suspicion and revenge, in Linda Asher's timeless translation.

There was an exaggerated humility about her. Her cowed eyes, her way of gliding noiselessly about without bumping into things, of quivering nervously at the slight­est word, were the very image of a scullery maid accus
Paperback, 134 pages
Published March 6th 2014 by Penguin Classics (first published 1931)
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And so my personal challenge to read all the Maigrets continues.

This is number 5 in the series (despite what GR says) and at my rationed rate of 1 a month (otherwise I’d probably binge read and maybe even get fed up with them ), I have over 6 years to go, woo hoo !!

This was as excellent as all the previous novels, this time marvellously translated by Linda Asher.

Maigret has just returned to Paris after setting up the flying squad in Rennes when he is called in to investigate the (almost) murd
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Ivonne Rovira
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anywho looking for an off-beat mystery
Four hard-drinking, lecherous friends — all of them well to do — meet most nights at the Admiral Hotel’s café in the backwater seaside town of Concarneau — when they’re not carousing. On Friday, Nov. 7, one of their number is wounded, shot in the stomach, on his way home from a night of drinking with these friends. One by one each friend, is attacked — always when a certain yellow dog is present (or appears soon after) — until only one remains: the cowardly Dr. Ernest Michoux. Beside himself wit ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a reason this one is considered a classic Maigret.

The early books in this series have been a little bit hit and miss in terms of real quality vs Simenon's famed speedy production but The Yellow Dog was reissued as part of the Penguin Red Classics series and is deserving of the accolade.

Set in a sleepy seaside town Maigret is called in to solve the seemingly random shooting of a drunken major from a letterbox of a locked up abandoned building. There's a multitude of suspects and suspicio
Sharon Barrow Wilfong
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really like these Penguin editions of Simenon's mysteries. That's just form, not substance, I understand, but some editions make the reading experience more pleasurable. I don't know why.

This mystery is one of Simenon's earlier works. It was published in 1931. It's good to put that in context so you understand, when they talk about The War, they are talking about WWI.

A man leaves a cafe. It is very windy and he cannot light his cigar. He steps into the entrance by the door of an empty house, b
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, I am loving these books so far. I think this one is my second favourite of the ones I have read up to now.
Nancy Oakes
Well that was fun, and the ending completely unexpected.

as I keep saying, more on this book shortly.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great Maigret tinged with the mysterious yellow dog appearing when a crime occurs. Set in a French seaside town. A man leaves a cafe late in the evening on a rainy windy night and stops in a doorway and is shot in the stomach. Who shot him and why. Maigret is called in and while talking the friends of the victim a doctor notices their drinks are doctored which turns out to be strychnine.

Another of the friends disappear with their car bloodstained, footprints of a giant man are found, th
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So...I wrote this whole review in French and was very happy because it was my first review all in French, but my computer is being so annoying, and the entire review got deleted. I copy as I go with my reviews, so if that happens, I can just paste it back in, but this time, I was copying and pasting into Google Translate to make sure my review was saying what I wanted it to say, so when I lost my review, I was only left with the last thing I copied into Google Translate, which was the last sente ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of the Maigret books I have read to date. Maigret does seem removed and totally unconcerned as a town becomes hysterical with fear as to who will be the next victim as newspapermen churn articles about the poisoning attempts, shootings and the giant roaming the streets. Yeah...put that in your pipe and smoke it, which he does.

But then...he is marking time as he gathers information and observes, piecing the true story together for himself. The story is centered on the "elite" men
Nigel Bird
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
In The Yellow Dog (US), Superintendent Maigret is sent to investigate a shooting in a small coastal town in France. It’s not long before there are other crimes committed in the locality and they all centre upon a group of men who frequent the Admiral Hotel. Firstly, poison is discovered in the bottles of Pernod and Calvados which happen to be the tipples of the group in question. Later on one of the men vanishes, suspected killed, and another is found dead in his home.
The chief suspect in this
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This book came in a bundle of books I purchased from a used book store that was going out of business a couple of years ago. This is a very short book but it seemed like it took me forever to get through it because life is crazy during this time of year. Some nights I'd only have a few minutes of reading time before dozing off. So what I'm trying to say, is that this is not the fault of the book. I think I would have enjoyed this more if I had read it all in one sitting.

I liked the MC and his "
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I read Maigret because he is an interesting detective and also because it's good to get a little bit of a French perspective amid all the British and American settings. While there's no way you can figure out the solution to this mystery, the writing is great and the atmosphere of terror created is wonderful.
Jose Ignacio
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The action takes place in Concarneau, a seaside village in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France. Concarneau is a summer resort very visited during the holiday season though thinly populated in the winter months. The story begins one November evening when a man leaves the Admiral Hotel after having spent a good time with some friends. His walk, slightly unsteady, implies that he’s been drinking more than necessary. After several attempts, he fails to light his cigar becaus ...more
Jigar Brahmbhatt
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Simenon doesn't disappoint, but for the kind of reader I have become over the years (both in experience and temperament) I am now convinced that Martin Beck provides me the utmost delight when it comes to crime writing. Maybe I came to this Frenchman too late. For all the existential undercurrents of this book, it all seems same-old, same-old. The problem is of timing. A younger me would have gorged the Simenons (quick and easy they are) with pure joy, as only pulp fiction can bring.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
If I would draw some conclusions about Simenon favorite schemes I would say that he likes showing us humane criminals, someone who is wronged by their victims big time. Here was another sad story and ruined life of innocent people. This is so sad. Especially the part about innocent dog being killed by the town folk.
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: golden-age
The stage is set in the small Breton town of Concarneau when a murder attempt fails. Maigret is order to investigate with the assistance of a young assistant, unknown to him. More attempts follow on different targets, a murder is committed, another person disappears, and the town slowly succumbs to a paralysing fear. The epicentre of all action is the Hotel de l'Admiral and the plot seems to hover around its inhabitants, i.e. friends of the victim and Emma, the servant in the Hotel. A sinister y ...more
The Yellow Dog is all about a stormy week in the coastal town of Concarneau. It starts with the shooting of Monsieur Mostaguen, a local wine merchant who doesn't have an enemy in the world. Inspector Maigret is called in to investigate, but before he can get very far there are more mysterious happenings. Poison in the customary drinks of a set of prominent citizens who often play cards and drink together. Then one of their number disappears, leaving an empty car and bloodstains behind. The towns ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Five stars. Why not? I mean, what's "perfection" when it comes to a detective novel anyway?

This was my second Simenon novel ... but my very first Maigret. Much respect. Written in 1931, this translation from the French left me with a warm feeling that the language of detective fiction has not needed any "dusting off" for the past century. I feared I might step into a bygone day, replete with social conventions, expressions, and political struggles that would leave me high and dry --- basically,
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
An early Maigret mystery; number six in the books released about this famous detective.
This is a stand alone novel with the Chief Inspector away from Paris reassigned to Rennes to oversee the flying squad there. Maigret is sent to Concarneau a fishing community in Brittany to investigate a mysterious shooting at the request of the town's politically connected Mayor.
As with other stories the detective seemingly allows the actors to play out their roles while his skills interpret the baffling even
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, reread
And now, eight years later, I've just read it for the third time. My thought this time is that you don't tend to cry with Maigret novels, but I cried for the dog.

I think this was the first Maigret mystery I read over 20 year ago. I don't remember the story at all, but I do remember the title. For some reason I didn't keep it, but I wanted to read it again (I'm going through the ones I have to reread them) so I bought it a second time. It's wonderful. I'm a Simenon/Maigret fan, but I have to admi
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The plot is particularly fast-paced and urgent, even as Maigret himself gives the false appearance of meandering and plodding. This is one of the best of the series so far. It might be worth knowing that the sequence of the books is confusing -- thank goodness it does not really matter. Goodreads has a list of the Maigret books in order (which my library used to make its order and catalog the books) , and this is not precisely the same as that given by Penguin or even by goodreads with the indiv ...more
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another of the early Maigret mysteries first published in 1931, this one has Inspector Maigret investigating what seems to be an attempted murder in Concarneau, a small town on the coast of Brittany. There are several more incidents, including a poisoning. And there is a little yellow dog in the vicinity being seen at most of them. As in most small towns, everybody knows everybody else and word gets around fast, so Maigret has to deal with the alarmed public and mayor while investigating. Fast m ...more
Silvia Cachia
I saw a friend reading one of the many Maigret novels, and found this one translated into Spanish, which they claim to be one of his best titles.

I loved it. I then found there's a tv series on youtube.

I want to read more of his cases. I enjoyed the circumspect personality of Maigret, the setting, -a French town-, the times, -it was published in 1931, and it seems to be those times as well in the novel-, the characters and story were a light and nice summer read.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fifth 'Maigret' novel I have read. They have all been excellent so far and this one is no exception. In a rain-lashed coastal town, the great detective encounters a very baffling case involving disreputable local dignitaries, a huge vagrant and a mysterious yellow dog...

Only 70 more 'Maigret' books to read!
Pinko Palest
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some of the minor characters were very good, as were some of the twists in the storyline and the atmosphere of the sleepy provincial town. As with most Maigret novels though, the basic plot is a bit too far fetched
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
My first Maigret book and it will not be my last.
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Short , interesting and a surprise ending .
Bit of an odd one, with plenty of twists and turns.
Charlie Mansfield
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Maigret fans
This is the detective novel that I studied in great depth for my PhD, called: Researching Literary Tourism. It is set in a seaside town, and fishing port in Finistère, Brittany, France. The author, Georges Simenon also rented a villa there, in Concarneau, so for literary pilgrims or literary tourists it is of double value to visit. The original French version is quite accessible, too, once you have understood all the nautical terms of the first couple of pages, see Le chien jaune
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