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Publisher's Summary

When a French professor visiting the quiet Dutch coastal town of Delfzjil is accused of murder, Maigret is sent to investigate. The community seem happy to blame an unknown outsider, but there are people much closer to home who seem to know much more than they're letting on: Beetje, the dissatisfied daughter of a local farmer; Any van Elst, sister-in-law of the deceased; and, of course, a notorious local crook.
Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.
©1940 Georges Simenon (P)2014 Audible Studios
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Critic Reviews

"Compelling, remorseless, brilliant" (John Gray)
"One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century... Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories" (Guardian"A supreme writer... unforgettable vividness" (Independent)
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By Donald on 08-28-15

Maigret investigates a killing in Holland

Terrific tale of a crime in a small northern Dutch town near the North Sea. Has some elements of an Agatha Christie novel.

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By Monsieur Ghost on 06-17-14

Maigret ruffles some Dutch feathers

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

take a train journey through the North of The Netherlands and listen to the book whilst gazing out of the window. Enjoyable and relaxing...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maigret himself. Although Simenon is a master at making his characters come alive with the minimum of words, it is the main man himself that is developed best throughout the series, including this one.

What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?

Different voices for different people. Small note of criticism, - Gareth Armstrong can be forgiven for not speaking Dutch, but I would have thought the production team and the narrator would have verified how to pronounce the Dutch words spoken here and there in the book. I do speak Dutch and spend quite a while figuring out what he was on about.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It is not the kind of book really to be "moved" by.

Any additional comments?

As usual with Simenon, in my opinion, the "detective element" is the authors device to tell the story of a human drama in a close-knit community, and that seeking justice is not always what everybody wants.

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By SnapWriter on 11-30-14

First Simenon, but DEFINITELY not the last.

This is a great little treasure of a tale. Simply told, and straight forward. Yet it lacks none of the vital ingredients of a great crime story. Wonderfully read by Armstrong, Simenon's writing is taut and enthralling, and hits the ground running, never letting go until the end.

I am looking forward to building my Maigret Collection, though possible not necessarily in numerical order.

Wonderful.

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