Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon (A. Fayard, 1931); audiobook read by Gareth Armstrong (Bolinda, 2015); trans. David Bellos. Inspector Maigret makes his presence felt throughout this first novel, establishing the physically imposing, somewhat misanthropic character who would feature in seventy-five books. His investigation, however, rattles along like an out-of-control train, the reader trapped inside and kept largely in the…
Maigret, Series 2
Maigret, Series 2 by Stewart Harcourt (ITV, 2017) Unfortunately, the two feature-length murder investigations of this series constitute the end of Rowan Atkinson’s run as French commissaire Jules Maigret. This is a shame, because the production values are high and Atkinson himself is excellent. Presumably TV audiences prefer rampant melodrama.