December book reviews

From Christmas with Maigret to tips on living better and longer


A Maigret Christmas, Georges Simenon; Penguin Classics, £9.99; ISBN: 978-0-2412-82151

IT IS hard to think of Maigret, the pipe-smoking Paris detective, as a child catching snow on his tongue but this Christmas morning that is exactly what he is thinking as he looks out into the street. He sees two women approaching and knows they are coming to visit him.

They have a mystery for him to unravel: a little girl has seen Father Christmas in her room and he gave her a beautiful doll as a present.

Simenon’s simple writing style – informative, chatty and welcoming – means you keep on reading just to see where things are going; but here Maigret has a back story as he and his wife have no child to lavish love on. No wonder Maigret is keen to get out of the house to speak to the little girl: but she also saw Father Christmas lifting floorboards in ...

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