Book Review – Maigret and the Lazy Burglar by Georges Simenon

Maigret investigates a gang who are holding up jewellers and security guards collecting money from businesses. He’s not really in control of the case due to recent new procedures introduced by the public prosecutor’s office. The case that really interests him is one involving the murder of Cuendet the burglar of the title, though I would have said that Cuendet wasn’t ‘lazy’ more incredibly patient.

In the end, Maigret knows who murdered Cuendet – the burglar chose the wrong house at the wrong time – but the crime will go unpunished as the people responsible are well connected in Paris.

The gang are also caught and so both cases are closed, but Maigret seems to gain little satisfaction from this.

The book is 151 pages and the story just flies by as it’s so easy to read. The reader is there with Maigret at all times. There’s no unnecesary detail and the characters of the people are well defined. I can imagine myself going around Paris and seeing the places Maigret goes too in these stories and appreciating this is what real life was like at the time. There are no descriptions of the well-known tourist places, just the neighbourhoods Maigret knows and works in. It’s all incredibly impressive.

Julian Worker is a writer of travel books, mystery stories, and fictional lists. His work can be seen here.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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