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