My Friday Post: Maigret’s Holiday by Georges Simenon

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Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

Maigret’s Holiday by Georges Simenon is one of my TBRs, the 28th Inspector Maigret novel in which Maigret’s wife falls ill whilst on their seaside holiday at Les Sables d’Olonne and  a visit to the hospital sends him on an unexpected quest to find justice for a young girl.

Maigret's Holiday


The street was narrow, like all the streets in the old quarter of Les Sables d’Olonne, with uneven cobblestones and pavements so narrow that you had to step off to let another person pass.

Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

30879-friday2b56These are the rules:

  1. Grab a book, any book.
  2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. If you have to improvise, that is okay.
  3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  4. Post it.
  5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.

Page 56:

‘I was very fond of that girl, but I repeat that my feelings for her were purely fraternal. I am aware that things are often otherwise. A man can easily be in love with two sisters, especially if they are both living under his roof. That is not the case  and besides, Lili was not in love with me. I’ll go further. I was the exactly the opposite of what she loved. She found me cold and cynical. She often said I had no heart.’

I’ve been reading the Maigret books as I come across them – so, totally out of order of publication. It doesn’t seem to matter. Maigret’s Holiday was originally published in 1948

Have read this book? What did you think about it? And if you haven’t, would you keep on reading?

10 thoughts on “My Friday Post: Maigret’s Holiday by Georges Simenon

  1. I do like Simenon’s work, Margaret. And the Jules Maigret novels are consistently good. Some even say they should be required reading for crime fiction fans. I don’t know if that’s true, but they are quite good. I’ll be really interested to know what you think of this one.

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  2. I am imagining myself in Les Sables d’Olonne, walking on those cobblestone streets. I don’t think I have read anything by this author before. I will have to give her a try. It’s good to know her books can be read as stand alones. I imagine finding them in order at the library and store could be a challenge. Have a great weekend!

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  3. I would like to try some Maigret. I’ve very much enjoyed the recent tv productions with Rowan Atkinson but of course, I have no experience of the original character so can’t know if his portrayl is accurate or not.

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  4. I would read on. I’ve still only read a handful of the Maigret books, randomly like you, and have a couple waiting. He’s not my favourite ‘tec, but I find they’re consistently good. Hope you enjoy this one!

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