Georges Simenon Books

Belgian born writer Georges Simenon (Liège, February 13, 1903 – September 4, 1989), is considered one of the best mystery writers of all times, even though some of his “psychological novels” are only being discovered. He was also a very prolific writer, and was known to be able to write anywhere between 60 to 80 pages a day. Such ability to write quickly produced almost 200 novels, 150 novellas, a number of autobiographical works, quite a number of articles and even more so called pulp novels which he wrote under various pseudonyms. When counted, Simenon had almost 550 million copies of his works printed.

Order of Georges Simenon Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 When I Was Old 1962 Description / Buy
2 Simenon's Paris 1970 Description / Buy

Order of Georges Simenon Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Tropic Moon 1933 Description / Buy
2 The Engagement 1933 Description / Buy
3 The Lodger 1934 Description / Buy
4 The Man Who Watched Trains Go By 1938 Description / Buy
5 Three Crimes 1938 Description / Buy
6 The Strangers in the House 1940 Description / Buy
7 The Widow 1942 Description / Buy
8 The Suspect 1944 Description / Buy
9 Monsieur Monde Vanishes 1945 Description / Buy
10 The Mahé Circle 1946 Description / Buy
11 Act of Passion 1946 Description / Buy
12 Three Bedrooms in Manhattan 1946 Description / Buy
13 The Snow Was Dirty 1948 Description / Buy
14 Pedigree 1948 Description / Buy
15 Four Days In A Lifetime 1949 Description / Buy
16 The Bottom Of The Bottle 1949 Description / Buy
17 The Heart of a Man 1950 Description / Buy
18 A New Lease On Life 1951 Description / Buy
19 Red Lights 1953 Description / Buy
20 Dirty Snow 1953 Description / Buy
21 The Iron Staircase 1953 Description / Buy
22 The Brothers Rico 1954 Description / Buy
23 The Rules of the Game 1955 Description / Buy
24 The Accomplices (Short Story) 1955 Description / Buy
25 The Little Man From Archangel 1956 Description / Buy
26 Sunday (Short Story) 1958 Description / Buy
27 The Grandmother 1959 Description / Buy
28 The Widower (Short Story) 1959 Description / Buy
29 The Blue Room 1960 Description / Buy
30 The Family Lie (Short Story) 1960 Description / Buy
31 The Train 1961 Description / Buy
32 Striptease 1961 Description / Buy
33 The House on Quai Notre Dame 1962 Description / Buy
34 The Door (Short Story) 1962 Description / Buy
35 The Bells of Bicetre 1963 Description / Buy
36 The Magician 1963 Description / Buy
37 The Man With the Little Dog 1964 Description / Buy
38 The Survivors 1965 Description / Buy
39 The Venice Train 1965 Description / Buy
40 The Old Man Dies 1966 Description / Buy
41 The Cat 1966 Description / Buy
42 The Reckoning (Short Story) 1967 Description / Buy
43 The neighbours 1968 Description / Buy
44 Uncle Charles Has Locked Himself in 1969 Description / Buy
45 November 1970 Description / Buy
46 The Rich Man 1970 Description / Buy
47 Enigmas 1970 Description / Buy
48 The Glass Cage 1971 Description / Buy
49 The Innocents 1972 Description / Buy
50 The Disappearance Of Odile 1972 Description / Buy
51 Letter to My Mother (Short Story) 1974 Description / Buy
52 The Nightclub 1977 Description / Buy
53 The White Horse Inn (Short Story) 1979 Description / Buy
54 The Little Doctor 1981 Description / Buy
55 Intimate Memoirs 1981 Description / Buy
56 The Outlaw 1987 Description / Buy
57 The Watchmaker and the Iron Staircase 2002 Description / Buy
58 The Murderer 2013 Description / Buy
59 The Hand 2016 Description / Buy
60 The Pitards 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Inspector Maigret Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Carter of 'La Providence' 1930 Description / Buy
2 The Bar on the Seine 1931 Description / Buy
3 Maigret at the Gai-Moulin 1931 Description / Buy
4 The Sailors' Rendezvous (Short Story) 1931 Description / Buy
5 Maigret in Holland 1931 Description / Buy
6 Maigret at the Crossroads 1931 Description / Buy
7 The Yellow Dog 1931 Description / Buy
8 A Man's Head 1931 Description / Buy
9 Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets 1931 Description / Buy
10 The Grand Banks Café 1931 Description / Buy
11 Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett 1931 Description / Buy
12 The Misty Harbour 1931 Description / Buy
13 The Dancer at the Gai-Moulin 1931 Description / Buy
14 A Crime in Holland 1931 Description / Buy
15 The Two-Penny Bar 1931 Description / Buy
16 The Night at the Crossroads 1931 Description / Buy
17 The Late Monsieur Gallet 1931 Description / Buy
18 A Man's Head 1931 Description / Buy
19 The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien 1931 Description / Buy
20 The Yellow Dog 1931 Description / Buy
21 Pietr the Latvian 1931 Description / Buy
22 Maigret and the Death of a Harbor-Master 1931 Description / Buy
23 The Yellow Dog 1931 Description / Buy
24 The Night at the Crossroads 1931 Description / Buy
25 A Man's Head 1931 Description / Buy
26 Maigret Stonewalled (Short Story) 1931 Description / Buy
27 The Late Monsieur Gallet 1931 Description / Buy
28 Lock 14 1931 Description / Buy
29 Maigret Meets a Milord (Short Story) 1931 Description / Buy
30 The Dancer at the Gai-Moulin 1931 Description / Buy
31 Pietr the Latvian 1931 Description / Buy
32 The Shadow Puppet 1932 Description / Buy
33 Liberty Bar 1932 Description / Buy
34 The Madman of Bergerac 1932 Description / Buy
35 Maigret and the Flemish Shop 1932 Description / Buy
36 The Madman of Bergerac 1932 Description / Buy
37 Maigret on the Riviera (Short Story) 1932 Description / Buy
38 The Flemish House 1932 Description / Buy
39 The Flemish House 1932 Description / Buy
40 Maigret on Home Ground (Short Story) 1932 Description / Buy
41 Maigret Goes Home 1932 Description / Buy
42 The Saint-Fiacre Affair 1932 Description / Buy
43 Lock No. 1 1933 Description / Buy
44 Maigret 1934 Description / Buy
45 Maigret at the Coroner's 1938 Description / Buy
46 The Judge's House 1940 Description / Buy
47 Cécile is Dead 1940 Description / Buy
48 Maigret in Exile 1940 Description / Buy
49 Maigret and the Spinster 1940 Description / Buy
50 Maigret Bides His Time 1940 Description / Buy
51 Maigret's Boyhood Friend 1940 Description / Buy
52 Maigret and the Man on the Bench 1940 Description / Buy
53 Maigret and the Toy Village (Short Story) 1941 Description / Buy
54 The Cellars of the Majestic 1942 Description / Buy
55 The Hotel Majestic 1942 Description / Buy
56 Maigret's Rival 1943 Description / Buy
57 Inspector Cadaver 1943 Description / Buy
58 Signed, Picpus 1944 Description / Buy
59 Maigret and the Fortuneteller (Short Story) 1944 Description / Buy
60 Maigret Loses His Temper 1945 Description / Buy
61 Maigret Gets Angry 1945 Description / Buy
62 Maigret in New York 1946 Description / Buy
63 Maigret's Dead Man 1947 Description / Buy
64 Maigret's Holiday 1947 Description / Buy
65 Maigret's Holiday 1947 Description / Buy
66 Maigret's First Case 1948 Description / Buy
67 My Friend Maigret 1949 Description / Buy
68 Maigret and the Old Lady 1949 Description / Buy
69 Madame Maigret's Friend 1950 Description / Buy
70 The Friend of Madame Maigret 1950 Description / Buy
71 Madame Maigret's Own Case 1950 Description / Buy
72 Maigret at Picratt's 1951 Description / Buy
73 Maigret and the Tall Woman 1951 Description / Buy
74 Maigret Takes a Room 1951 Description / Buy
75 Maigret and the Gangsters 1951 Description / Buy
76 Maigret in Montmartre 1951 Description / Buy
77 Maigret's Memoirs 1951 Description / Buy
78 Maigret and the Burglar's Wife 1951 Description / Buy
79 Maigret's Memoirs (Short Story) 1951 Description / Buy
80 Maigret Takes a Room 1951 Description / Buy
81 Maigret and the Tall Woman 1951 Description / Buy
82 Maigret Sits it Out 1952 Description / Buy
83 Maigret and the Man on the Bench 1953 Description / Buy
84 Maigret Afraid 1953 Description / Buy
85 Maigret Is Afraid 1953 Description / Buy
86 Maigret's Mistake 1953 Description / Buy
87 Maigret Goes to School 1954 Description / Buy
88 Maigret and the Calame Report 1954 Description / Buy
89 Maigret in New York's Underworld (Short Story) 1955 Description / Buy
90 Maigret and the Headless Corpse 1955 Description / Buy
91 Maigret Sets a Trap 1955 Description / Buy
92 Maigret's Failure 1956 Description / Buy
93 Maigret and the Millionaires 1957 Description / Buy
94 Maigret Has Scruples 1958 Description / Buy
95 Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses 1958 Description / Buy
96 No Vacation for Maigret 1959 Description / Buy
97 Maigret Has Doubts 1959 Description / Buy
98 None of Maigret's Business 1960 Description / Buy
99 Maigret in Court 1960 Description / Buy
100 Maigret and the Idle Burglar 1961 Description / Buy
101 Maigret and the Black Sheep 1962 Description / Buy
102 Maigret and the Saturday Caller (Short Story) 1962 Description / Buy
103 Maigret and the Old Lady 1963 Description / Buy
104 Maigret and the Bum 1963 Description / Buy
105 Maigret Mystified 1964 Description / Buy
106 Maigret on the Defensive (Short Story) 1964 Description / Buy
107 Maigret and the Apparition 1964 Description / Buy
108 Maigret In Society (Short Story) 1965 Description / Buy
109 Maigret and the Nahour Case 1966 Description / Buy
110 Maigret and the Pickpocket 1967 Description / Buy
111 Maigret Hesitates 1968 Description / Buy
112 Maigret in Vichy 1968 Description / Buy
113 Maigret and the Killer 1969 Description / Buy
114 Maigret and the Wine Merchant 1970 Description / Buy
115 Maigret and the Madwoman 1970 Description / Buy
116 Maigret's Revolver 1971 Description / Buy
117 Maigret and the Informer 1971 Description / Buy
118 Maigret's Revolver 1971 Description / Buy
119 Maigret and Monsieur Charles 1972 Description / Buy
120 Maigret's Failure 1976 Description / Buy
121 Maigret and the Loner 1983 Description / Buy
122 Maigret and the Man on the Bench 2003 Description / Buy
123 Maigret and the Dead Girl 2017 Description / Buy
124 Maigret's Failure 2017 Description / Buy
125 Maigret Enjoys Himself 2017 Description / Buy
126 Maigret Travels 2018 Description / Buy
127 Maigret's Secret 2018 Description / Buy
128 Maigret's Patience 2019 Description / Buy
129 Maigret and the Good People of Montparnasse 2019 Description / Buy
130 Maigret's Anger 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Inspector Maigret Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Maigret's Pipe 1945 Description / Buy
2 Maigret's Christmas 1976 Description / Buy
3 Murder 1996 Description / Buy
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Simenon is best known and remembered for a series of 75 novels and 28 short stories covering the adventures of police commissioner (Commissaire) Maigret. The first novel in the series appeared in 1931, while the last one hit the shelves in 1972. Currently there is quite a number of sites that continue to discuss Maigrets cases (http://www.trussel.com/f_maig.htm). The success of the Maigret series meant that the works from this series were translated into all major languages, while several of them became movies and radio plays. Maigret became particularly popular in Great Britain, where Simenon’s works were used as a base for two Maigret television series (1960-63 and 1992-93).

Simenon spent a good period of his life and career in the United States. This, so called Simenon’s “American” period is considered his most creative. Simenon drew quite some inspiration from his life in America as some of his novels were set in the scenery he lived through: (Trois chambres à Manhattan – Three Rooms in Manhattan (1946), Maigret à New – Maiget in New York York (1947), Maigret se fâche – Maigret Gets Angry (1947)).

Some of his “psychological novels” have only recently begun to catch the eye of the reading public, and include titles like La neige était sale – Snow is Dirty (1948) or Le fils – Sons (1957). H also wrote a series of autobiographical works like Je me souviens – I Remember (1945), Pedigree (1948), Mémoires intimes – Intimate memoirs (1981).

Georges Simenon Awards

While living and working in the US, Simenon was awarded the MWA (Mystery Writers of America) Grand Master Award.

In Belgium he was also nominated in 2005 for the title “De Grootste Belg (The Greatest Belgian). There were two versions of this title: Flemish and Wallon one. In the first he was in 77th place and in the other he came in 10th.

Georges Simenon Books Into Movies:

Prolific writing and popularity with readers brought along quite a number of movies and TV series being produced based on Georges Simenon works, to be precise exactly 142. Only in 2016 two TV movies were made based on Inspector Maigret series: “Maigret’s Dead Man” and “Maigrest Sets a Trap”. The first movie based on a Simenon novel was made as early as 1932: “Night At The Crossroads”. Out of these, there were 10 different TV series completed based on Simenon’s writings.

Some of Simenon’s novels are considered as a basis for some of the best movies made in the so called Film Noir genre.

Best Georges Simenon Books

There are many accounts that Georges Simenon’s tales of mystery, scandal and even sexual misconduct are in many ways based on his personal life story. It would be hard today to say what differentiates truth for fiction, but here are some of the Simenon’s key written works:

Inspector Maigret novel series. It is said that if you read one of the novels in the Inspector Maigret series, you will read all 75 of them. Of course, the quality of all is not equal, but you are sure to enjoy practically all of them, particularly if you are a mystery novel buff.

Intimate Memoirs (1981): Some critics have called Simenon’s Inspector Maigret series as “comfort food” that you recover from his more serious work. This autobiographical work only confirms, as one critic said, that a good meal was not the only thing Georges Simenon liked to enjoy. A wife and two mistresses will do the trick in that respect.

The Mahé Circle: One of so called “more serious” works of Simenon that was only recently translated into English. In it you can find the essential Simenon male character. As with most Simenon main characters presented in his “serious” works discovering different freedoms poses a challenge in making a distinction between what is just enough and what is going overboard.

Any of the mentioned “American” series novels of Simenon are worth a read, particularly “Three Rooms in Manhattan”.

In any case, anything you grab that has Georges Simenon’s name on the cover is worth your reading time. They are bound to be worth your time. As far as the movies produced based on the Simenon works, any produced during the golden era of Film Noir (late Forties to early Sixties) should be a fascinating watch for film buffs even today.

When Does The Next Georges Simenon book come out?

The next book by Georges Simenon is Maigret's Patience and will be released on February, 7th 2019. It is the newest book in the Inspector Maigret Series.

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