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Maigret is seconded to Brittany when a wine merchant is attacked in Concarneau. While sitting down for a drink and a chat with a few of the town's denizens, the local doctor notices some white crystals floating in the Pernod. It's strychnine. And it's in the Calvados, too...
Shortly thereafter the doctor goes missing, and one mystery after another deepens the first. And what about this pathetic little dog that keeps reappearing? As if that were not enough, Maigret has to deal with the press, and they're getting right up his nose.
Simenon works his magic with characterizations, bringing to life Bretons with little to lose and much to hide. There are moments of pathos, and some louche and dispiriting situations, but this gritty realism is part of what makes a great Maigret story. The conclusion is as straightforward and satisfying as a dish of the local cotriade.
I always love it when our beloved detective is out of Paris.
Most definitely worth a listen.
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What did you love best about The Yellow Dog?
In this early story, we already see Maigret unique personality. And his approach to solving crimes by observing and understanding people's personalities. Quite different than the usual mysteries.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Yes. I had not read this particular Maigret book, so I did not know the story in advance, as with other books. Nothing is what it seems, and people are revealed to be very different than what they appear.
Have you listened to any of Gareth Armstrong’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, I have all his Maigret books, and will buy more as they come available. He is a bit dry, but does get the personality across.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No, but I love reading Maigret stories, it is like meeting an old friend.
Any additional comments?
Please keep them coming!
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Would you listen to The Yellow Dog again? Why?
In time, yes, when the details have escaped my memory.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Yellow Dog?
Maigret caring for the dog
What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?
Different voices for different people - narrates with "precision". Puts emphasis on words exactly where that is needed. Not hurried. Maybe it is just me, but his voice for Maigret reminds me of the voice of the TV Maigret, portrayed by Michael Gambon.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Has to be helping the injured dog.
Any additional comments?
Another dark and brooding mystery by an author who is an absolute master of painting a picture of the human psyche with few words. Things are also never that black and white in Maigret books - the criminal is never necessarily 100% the bad guy.
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Loved the atmospheric writing. Beautifully read. A human drama without graphic violence unrolling in a small French town in the winter time