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Maigret und die widerspenstigen Zeugen (Maigret #53)

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Eine Keksfabrik, die Kekse herstellt, die nach Pappe schmecken. Eine Familie, die so alt und heruntergekommen ist, dass es nichts mehr zu stehlen oder gar zu erben gibt. Kommissar Maigret, der den Fall nach seiner bewährten Art untersucht, indem er einfach nur da ist und wartet. Und ein arroganter junger Untersuchungsrichter mit brandneuen Methoden, mit denen er viel schne ...more
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published 2009 by Diogenes (first published 1958)
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Mohammad Ali
من از این کتابش لذت بردم عمدتا به خاطر جنبه های انسانی داستان - هم دغدغه های مگره، هم توصیفاتی که از سارقای بدبخت ارائه می کنه، هم از آدمای اتوکشیده ی تحصیل کرده ای که بدبخت بیچاره ها رو پس می زنن و هم از آریستوکرات هایی که با ظاهرسازی می خوان زندگی سنتی ولی مرده شون رو حفظ کنن. البته این جور مضامین انسانی از محورهای همه ی داستان های سری مگره است - حداقل تا اونجا که من خوندم. خود داستان جنایی اونقدی که این چیزا جالب و جذابن، جذاب نیست - البته بدم نیست. ولی بعید می دونم بدون اون جنبه های انسانی س ...more
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MAIGRET AND THE RELUCTANT WITNESSES. (1958). Georges Simenon. ****.
Maigret becomes involved in a murder that occurred in a Paris suburb. The murder victim was one of the members of a family that owned a biscuit factory. Their brand had been around for over 150 years, but was not a very big seller any more. During his investigation, Maigret gets to meet the rest of the surviving family, who all live together in the family’s mansion. The mansion dates from the early days of the business and has be
John Frankham
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
An atmospheric Maigret from 1958 (no. 53).

Maigret has two years before retirement and the world at work and in Paris is changing. His melancholy is stopped by a new murder - of the managing director of a decaying family firm, in the decaying house where three generations live live and work, trying to keep the wolf from the door.

In this unfamiliar milieu, and harassed by a new, young, examining magistrate, and a new, young, family lawyer, Maigret uses his out-of-date (?) nous to solve the crime,
Jun 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A family member is shot to death in an old house; several family members were there at the time, but no one heard a thing. With no one in the household willing to help him, Maigret must draw out the truth on his own.
Juan Nalerio
La presente novela es parte de un libro que reúne tres títulos de Simenon.
Igual lo considero como un libro aparte para Goodreads.
Se lee fácil, imposible no poner a Maigret en ese podio de clásicos con Sherlock Holmes y Poirot.

Nota: El libro que tengo entre manos perteneció a la "Biblioteca Mario Levrero" la cual fue vendida por los sucesores de dicho autor a sus lectores el año pasado.
Por lo tanto el libro en sí, físico, tiene más valor como objeto.
Hugh Laybourn
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
fascinating culture of wealth and excess
Nick Jones
Structurally a straightforward police procedural: there is a murder, Maigret investigates, Maigret identifies the murderer. As a whodunit it is probably a bit obvious for whodunit fans, not enough red herrings or that sort of thing, but as a detective novel where we follow the detective doing his stuff it’s very efficient. I generally don’t like whodunits: to keep us guessing the culprit is generally arbitrary: the main motive is usually the author’s need to surprise the reader. But because the ...more
Lynn Michell

You can see from my book list that I've read a lot of Maigret. It's my way of learning French but after reading 31 of Simenon's mysteries starring the grumpy but lovable Maigret, I expect my vocabulary is as limited as Simenon's. These aren't Who Dun Its but Why Dun Its. Usually there is very little action, a lot of interviewing of suspects and witnesses, some back story, a description of the Seine and the weather, and some listening in to Maigret's thoughts as he puffs on his pipe.

This one is
Simenon certainly brought to life the dreariness of the crime scene. I ended up with a feeling of dread myself. I empathised with both Miagret andthe magistrate who both needed their place and their methods, that is in fact what brought them in conflict.
If I were to have to confess to a crime, I would prefer to do such a confession to Maigret rather than to the magistrate, he would be the most understanding.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maigret
Het is heel lang geleden dat ik een Maigret gelezen heb maar het viel zeker niet tegen. Lekker ontspannend tussendoortje met psychologische diepgang. Maigret die piekert over het ouder worden en met pensioen gaan.
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I felt that this was a poor effort by Simenon's high standards. Usual good characterisations and Paris atmospherics but a very feeble plot. Also the book is very short, more like a novella. Disappointed.
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Dårleg opplesing, men bra mysterium.
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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.

He is best known, however, for his 75
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