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Publication Order of Inspector Maigret Books

Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett / Pietr the Latvian (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret Meets a Milord / The Carter of 'La Providence' (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Death of Monsieur Gallet / The Late Monsieur Gallet / Maigret Stonewalled (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien / The Crime of Inspector Maigret / Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Battle of Nerves/ A Man\'s Head / Maigret Bides His Time / The Patience of Maigret / Maigret\'s Patience (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Yellow Dog / Maigret and the Concarneau Murders (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret at the Crossroads / The Night at the Crossroads (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret in Holland/ A Crime in Holland (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sailors' Rendezvous / Maigret Answers a Plea / The Grand Banks Cafe (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dancer at the Gai-Moulin / Maigret At the Gai-Moulin (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Tavern by the Seine / The Two-Penny Bar (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow Puppet / Maigret Mystified (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret Goes Home / The Saint-Fiacre Affair / Maigret on Home Ground / Maigret and the Countess (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Flemish Shop / The Flemish House (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Death of a Harbor-Master / Misty Harbour / Maigret and Monsieur Labbe (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Madman of Bergerac (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Liberty Bar / Maigret on the Riviera (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lock No. 1 / The Lock at Charenton (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret / Maigret Returns (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cellars of the Majestic / Maigret and the Hotel Majestic (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Judge's House / Maigret in Exile (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Spinster / Cécile is Dead (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Fortuneteller / To Any Lengths / Signed, Picpus (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Félicie / Maigret and the Toy Village (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inspector Cadaver / Maigret's Rival (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret Gets Angry / Maigret in Retirement (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret in New York / Maigret in New York's Underworld (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret's Holiday / A Summer Holiday / No Vacation for Maigret (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret's Dead Man / Maigret's Special Murder (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret's First Case (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Friend Maigret / The Methods of Maigret (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret at the Coroner's / Maigret and the Coroner (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Old Lady (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Madame Maigret's Own Case / The Friend of Madame Maigret / Madame Maigret's Friend (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret's Memoirs (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret in Montmartre / Maigret and the Strangled Stripper / Maigret at Picratt's (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret Takes a Room / Maigret Rents a Room (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Burglar's Wife / Maigret and the Tall Woman (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Gangsters / Inspector Maigret and the Killers / Maigret, Lognon and the Gangsters (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret's Revolver (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Man on the Bench / Maigret and the Man on the Boulevard (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret Afraid / Maigret Is Afraid (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret's Mistake (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret Goes to School (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Calame Report / Maigret and the Minister (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Dead Girl / Maigret and the Young Girl (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Headless Corpse (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret Sets a Trap (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret's Failure (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret Enjoys Himself / Maigret's Little Joke / None of Maigret's Business (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret Travels / Maigret and the Millionaires (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret Has Scruples / Maigret's Doubts (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret's Secret / Maigret Has Doubts (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret in Court (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Old People / Maigret in Society (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Idle Burglar / Maigret and the Lazy Burglar (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Black Sheep / Maigret and the Good People of Montparnasse (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Saturday Caller (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Tramp / Maigret and the Dosser / Maigret and the Bum (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret's Fury / Maigret Loses His Temper / Maigret's Anger (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Ghost / Maigret and the Apparition (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret on the Defensive / Maigret Holds His Own / Maigret Defends Himself (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Nahour Case (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Pickpocket / Maigret's Pickpocket (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret in Vichy / Maigret Takes the Waters (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret Hesitates (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret's Boyhood Friend / Maigret's Childhood Friend (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Killer (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Wine Merchant (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Madwoman / Maigret's Madwoman (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Loner (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and the Informer / Maigret and the Flea (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret and Monsieur Charles (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Inspector Maigret Short Story Collections

Maigret's Pipe: Seventeen Stories (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maigret's Christmas (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Girl with a Squint (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Engagement (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tropic Moon (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Window Over the Way (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lodger (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Exile (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Donadieu's Will (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Girl In Waiting (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Crimes (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Strangers in the House (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Widow (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Truth About Bebe Donge (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Across the Street (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Suspect (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monsieur Monde Vanishes (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Bedrooms in Manhattan (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Act of Passion (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mahé Circle (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Nobody (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pedigree (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Snow Was Dirty (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magnet of Doom (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bottom Of The Bottle (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Four Days in a Lifetime (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pitards (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strange Inheritance (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Heart of a Man (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
A New Lease On Life (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Burgomaster of Furnes (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Escape in Vain (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Havoc by Accident (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
On the danger line (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Belle (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Two Latitudes (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trial of Bebe Donge (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dirty Snow (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Lights (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Iron Staircase (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Watchmaker of Everton (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Clockmaker (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Big Bob (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Accomplices (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rules of the Game (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Burial of Monsieur Bouvet (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fugitive (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sense of Guilt (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Man From Archangel (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stowaway (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunday (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The President (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Son (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Widower (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Grandmother (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Negro (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Young Cardinaud (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blue Room (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Betty (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Justice (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Family Lie (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Train (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Striptease (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poisoned Relations (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The hatter's ghosts (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Door (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House on Quai Notre Dame (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Others (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bells of Bicetre (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magician (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inquest on Bouvet (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man With the Little Dog (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Venice Train (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Survivors (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Venice Train (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Rain (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ticket of Leave (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Old Man Dies (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Old Man Dies (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mouse (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fate of the Malous (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Saint (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Brothers Rico (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Reckoning (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The neighbours (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Prison (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Premier (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The confessional. (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Patient (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witnesses (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uncle Charles Has Locked Himself in (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uncle Charles (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
November (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rich Man (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Enigmas (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Glass Cage (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Innocents (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Disappearance Of Odile (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magician (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl in His Past (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nightclub (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The White Horse Inn (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Doctor (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Outlaw (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murderer (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hand (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Simenon's Paris (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
When I Was Old (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letter to My Mother (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Intimate Memoirs: Including Marie-Jo's Book (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews(1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nine Detective Stories(1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
City Sleuths and Tough Guys(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Intercontinental(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Most Merry(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder On The Railways(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Georges Simenon, better known as the creator of the famous detective, Jules Malgret, was a Belgian writer who has published over 200 novels and many other short works making him one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century.

Simenon was born on 13 February, 1903 at the provincial town of Liege in Belgium. Born to Desire Simenon and Henriette Simenon, George’s birth date was changed to 12 February owing to the superstition of number 13 being an unlucky number. George had a sibling, Christian Simenon who was born in September, 1906. Christian was his mother’s favorite child which despised him in his growing days. he began reading at the age of three at the Saint Julienne nursery school. He started his studies in the College Saint-Louis in 1914 but dropped out in 1918 without even taking the end year exams, citing his father’s ailment. A 15 year old George took a number of short term jobs of various kinds.

In 1919, he started work in a newspaper called ‘Gazette De Liege’. It was here that George Simenon first encountered the wide world of politics, crime and people in general as a writer of the common human interests section. He was notably exposed to police investigations and criminal psychology. His job taught him the art of quick editing which enabled him to publish his first novel in 1921, ‘Au Pont Des Arches’ under the pen name, ‘G Sim’ . In this period, he became familiar with a wide diaspora of people who appeared in many of his future novels.

His father’s death in 1922 made him move to Paris with his future wife, Regine Renchon whom he met while working in Liege. He married her in 1923. His creative works started paying him financial dividends in France. It was in 1930 that his most famous character, Commissaire Maigret made his first appearance. It was as a short piece written in the ‘Detective’which he wrote on special request. It was written while boating around the Dutch town of Delfzijl. A statue of Malgret in Delfzijl is a sweet reminder of the story. Later, the beloved character featured in many crime novels written by George.

Beginning in 1932, George traveled extensively going from Africa to Turkey to the Soviet Union. It was followed by a reporting tour around the world in 1934 and 1935. During the second world war, George Simenon was accused of collaborating with the Germans. Though he was an apolitical man, this accusation arose as a result of his deal with the German film studio for the adaptation of one of his works. He was sentenced for five years during which he wasn’t allowed to publish any new work. This sentence was kept as a secret from the public.

Simenon escaped from France in 1945 and arrived in the North America along with his wife. He first lived in a modern style house in Quebec, Canada where he published three novels. He later moved to the United States. In the US, he lived in Florida for a brief period before moving to Arizona. He wrote a novel, ‘The bottom of the bottle’ , which is inspired by his days in Arizona. Following a short stay in California, he finally moved to a large house in Lakeville, Connecticut which formed the background of another of his novel, ‘The death of Belle’. In the United States, he and his son, Marc learned to speak English fluently.

In 1945, Simenon began a romantic relationship with a girl who was seventeen years younger than him, Denyse Ouimet. She was to be hired as a secretary but ended up marrying Simenon after he divorced his first wife in 1949 after a legal tussle. George and Denyse married in Nevada in 1950 and subsequently had three children together. His first wife continued to remain in close proximity to George and her son, Marc as part of the settlement. In 1952, Simenon visited his homeland Belgium where he was made a member of the Royal Belgian Academy. Simenon though never lived in Belgium after 1922.
In 1955, he moved with his family back to France but later settled in Switzerland. In 1963, he got himself an enormous house constructed according to his own design in Epilanges near Lausanne. Simenon and Denyse separated in 1964 sicne he had become romantically involved with his housekeeper, Teresa who was hired in 1961. Teresa remained with George for the rest of his life. His daughter with Denyse committed suicide in 1978 at the age of 25 which darkened Simenon’s later years.

Simenon underwent a brain tumor surgery in 1981 but his health weakened considerably. On the night of 3-4 September in 1989, George Simenon died in his sleep of natural causes in his house in Lausanne. He was honored by a Silver commemorative coin minted in 2003 in Belgian celebrating the centenary of George Simenon’s birth.


Widely known as the creator of the detective, Commissaire Maigret, he was allegedly capable of writing 60-70 pages a day making him one of the most prolific writers of the modern times. He has written under about a dozen pseudonyms and a total of 550 million copies of his works have been sold. He published a series of novels and short stories featuring Commissaire Maigret. Altogether, 75 novels and 28 short stories have featured Maigret.

‘The Strange Case of Peter the Lett’was the first novel featuring inspector Jules Maigret. Published in 1931, it introduced the suave French detective who later became a household name in the world of crime novels. Later that year, another novel in the series was published, called the ‘The Crime at Lock 14’. Maigret is termed as the Sherlock Holmes of France. The character is an eccentric detective who has an exceptional eyesight. He is shown to be a bit claustrophobic and a bit short of stamina. Supported by three assistants, he goes about his cases smoking a pipe. Maigret doesn’t use reasoning and instead relies on his intuition and his unique perception abilities which make him different form the other detectives. There is a mysterious yet awe inspiring element in his identification of criminals. His attributes are shown to be patience and compassion and his single minded pursuit of justice.


George Simenon’s works have regularly been adapted as television shows or movies. The character, Maigret has been portrayed by French, British, Irish, Austrian, Belgian, Russian, German and Japanese actors. One of the first was a 1932 french film called ‘Night at the Crossroads’. Since then a number of French and English films have been released adapting one or he other of his books featuring inspector Jules Maigret. It was also the inspiration behind a British crime drama series called, ‘Maigret’ in 1991 which received both critical and audience acclaim.

George Simenon is one of the greatest writers of the modern times and he will forever live on in the form of his books and characters.

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One Response to “Georges Simenon”

  1. john crawford: 2 years ago

    i wanted to see if i had missed any for my collection. many thanks john


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