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Publication Order of Inspector Maigret Books

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

Publication Order of Inspector Maigret Short Story Collections

Maigret's Pipe: Seventeen Stories (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maigret's Christmas (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Simenon's Paris (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When I Was Old (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Letter to My Mother (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Intimate Memoirs: Including Marie-Jo's Book (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews(1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nine Detective Stories(1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
City Sleuths and Tough Guys(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Intercontinental(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder On The Railways(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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: 1 year ago

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


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