Georges Simenon Books

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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 Inspector Maigret Series

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1Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett / Pietr the Latvian 1931Description / Buy
2Maigret Meets a Milord / The Carter of 'La Providence' (Short Story) 1931Description / Buy
3The Death of Monsieur Gallet / The Late Monsieur Gallet / Maigret Stonewalled 1931Description / Buy
4The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien / The Crime of Inspector Maigret / Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets 1931Description / Buy
5A Battle of Nerves / A Man's Head 1931Description / Buy
6The Yellow Dog / Maigret and the Concarneau Murders 1931Description / Buy
7Maigret at the Crossroads / The Night at the Crossroads 1931Description / Buy
8Maigret in Holland / A Crime in Holland 1931Description / Buy
9The Sailors' Rendezvous / Maigret Answers a Plea / The Grand Banks Cafe (Short Story) 1931Description / Buy
10The Dancer at the Gai-Moulin / Maigret At the Gai-Moulin 1931Description / Buy
11Maigret and the Tavern by the Seine / The Two-Penny Bar 1931Description / Buy
12The Shadow Puppet / Maigret Mystified 1932Description / Buy
13Maigret Goes Home / The Saint-Fiacre Affair / Maigret on Home Ground / Maigret and the Countess 1932Description / Buy
14Maigret and the Flemish Shop / The Flemish House 1932Description / Buy
15Maigret and the Death of a Harbor-Master / Misty Harbour / Maigret and Monsieur Labbe 1932Description / Buy
16The Madman of Bergerac 1932Description / Buy
17Liberty Bar / Maigret on the Riviera 1932Description / Buy
18Lock No. 1 / The Lock at Charenton 1933Description / Buy
19Maigret / Maigret Returns 1934Description / Buy
20The Cellars of the Majestic / Maigret and the Hotel Majestic 1942Description / Buy
21The Judge's House / Maigret in Exile 1942Description / Buy
22Maigret and the Spinster / Cécile is Dead 1942Description / Buy
23Maigret and the Fortuneteller / To Any Lengths / Signed, Picpus (Short Story) 1944Description / Buy
24Félicie / Maigret and the Toy Village 1944Description / Buy
25Inspector Cadaver / Maigret's Rival 1944Description / Buy
26Maigret Gets Angry / Maigret in Retirement 1947Description / Buy
27Maigret in New York / Maigret in New York's Underworld 1947Description / Buy
28Maigret's Holiday / A Summer Holiday / No Vacation for Maigret 1948Description / Buy
29Maigret's Dead Man / Maigret's Special Murder 1948Description / Buy
30Maigret's First Case 1949Description / Buy
31My Friend Maigret / The Methods of Maigret 1949Description / Buy
32Maigret at the Coroner's / Maigret and the Coroner 1949Description / Buy
33Maigret and the Old Lady 1950Description / Buy
34Madame Maigret's Own Case / The Friend of Madame Maigret / Madame Maigret's Friend 1950Description / Buy
35Maigret's Memoirs 1951Description / Buy
36Maigret in Montmartre / Maigret and the Strangled Stripper / Maigret at Picratt's 1951Description / Buy
37Maigret Takes a Room / Maigret Rents a Room 1951Description / Buy
38Maigret and the Burglar's Wife / Maigret and the Tall Woman 1951Description / Buy
39Maigret and the Gangsters / Inspector Maigret and the Killers / Maigret, Lognon and the Gangsters 1952Description / Buy
40Maigret's Revolver 1952Description / Buy
41Maigret Sits it Out 1952Description / Buy
42Maigret and the Man on the Bench / Maigret and the Man on the Boulevard 1953Description / Buy
43Maigret Afraid / Maigret Is Afraid 1953Description / Buy
44Maigret's Mistake 1953Description / Buy
45Maigret Goes to School 1954Description / Buy
46Maigret and the Minister 1954Description / Buy
47Maigret and the Dead Girl / Maigret and the Young Girl 1954Description / Buy
48Maigret and the Calame Report / Maigret and the Minister 1955Description / Buy
49Maigret and the Headless Corpse 1955Description / Buy
50Maigret Sets a Trap 1955Description / Buy
51Maigret's Failure 1956Description / Buy
52Maigret Enjoys Himself / Maigret's Little Joke / None of Maigret's Business 1957Description / Buy
53Maigret Travels / Maigret and the Millionaires 1958Description / Buy
54Maigret Has Scruples / Maigret's Doubts 1958Description / Buy
55Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses 1959Description / Buy
56Maigret's Secret / Maigret Has Doubts 1959Description / Buy
57Maigret in Court 1960Description / Buy
58Maigret and the Old People / Maigret in Society 1960Description / Buy
59Maigret and the Idle Burglar / Maigret and the Lazy Burglar 1961Description / Buy
60Maigret and the Black Sheep / Maigret and the Good People of Montparnasse 1962Description / Buy
61Maigret and the Saturday Caller (Short Story) 1962Description / Buy
62Maigret and the Tramp / Maigret and the Dosser / Maigret and the Bum 1963Description / Buy
63Maigret's Fury / Maigret Loses His Temper / Maigret's Anger 1963Description / Buy
64Maigret and the Ghost / Maigret and the Apparition 1964Description / Buy
65Maigret on the Defensive / Maigret Holds His Own / Maigret Defends Himself (Short Story) 1964Description / Buy
66Maigret Bides His Time / The Patience of Maigret / Maigret's Patience 1965Description / Buy
67Maigret and the Nahour Case 1966Description / Buy
68Maigret and the Pickpocket / Maigret's Pickpocket 1967Description / Buy
69Maigret in Vichy / Maigret Takes the Waters 1968Description / Buy
70Maigret Hesitates 1968Description / Buy
71Maigret's Boyhood Friend / Maigret's Childhood Friend 1968Description / Buy
72Maigret and the Killer 1969Description / Buy
73Maigret and the Wine Merchant 1970Description / Buy
74Maigret and the Madwoman / Maigret's Madwoman 1970Description / Buy
75Maigret and the Loner 1971Description / Buy
76Maigret and the Informer / Maigret and the Flea 1972Description / Buy
77Maigret and Monsieur Charles 1973Description / Buy

Order of Inspector Maigret Short Story Collections

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1Maigret's Pipe: Seventeen Stories 1945Description / Buy
2Maigret's Christmas 1976Description / Buy

Order of Georges Simenon Standalone Novels

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1The Girl with a Squint 1931Description / Buy
2The Engagement 1933Description / Buy
3Tropic Moon 1933Description / Buy
4The Window Over the Way (Short Story) 1933Description / Buy
5The Lodger 1934Description / Buy
6The Long Exile 1935Description / Buy
7Donadieu's Will 1936Description / Buy
8The Man Who Watched Trains Go By 1938Description / Buy
9Girl In Waiting 1938Description / Buy
10Three Crimes 1938Description / Buy
11The Strangers in the House 1940Description / Buy
12The Widow 1942Description / Buy
13The Truth About Bebe Donge 1942Description / Buy
14Across the Street 1942Description / Buy
15The Suspect 1944Description / Buy
16Monsieur Monde Vanishes 1945Description / Buy
17Three Bedrooms in Manhattan 1946Description / Buy
18Act of Passion 1946Description / Buy
19The Mahé Circle 1946Description / Buy
20Death of a Nobody (Short Story) 1947Description / Buy
21Pedigree 1948Description / Buy
22The Snow Was Dirty 1948Description / Buy
23Magnet of Doom 1948Description / Buy
24The Bottom Of The Bottle 1949Description / Buy
25Four Days in a Lifetime 1949Description / Buy
26The Pitards 1949Description / Buy
27Strange Inheritance 1950Description / Buy
28The Heart of a Man 1950Description / Buy
29A New Lease On Life 1951Description / Buy
30The Burgomaster of Furnes 1952Description / Buy
31Escape in Vain 1952Description / Buy
32Havoc by Accident 1952Description / Buy
33On the danger line 1952Description / Buy
34Belle 1952Description / Buy
35In Two Latitudes 1952Description / Buy
36The Trial of Bebe Donge 1952Description / Buy
37Dirty Snow 1953Description / Buy
38Red Lights 1953Description / Buy
39The Iron Staircase 1953Description / Buy
40The Watchmaker of Everton (Short Story) 1954Description / Buy
41The Clockmaker (Short Story) 1954Description / Buy
42Big Bob 1954Description / Buy
43The Accomplices (Short Story) 1955Description / Buy
44The Rules of the Game 1955Description / Buy
45The Burial of Monsieur Bouvet 1955Description / Buy
46The Fugitive 1955Description / Buy
47A Sense of Guilt 1955Description / Buy
48The Little Man From Archangel 1956Description / Buy
49The Stowaway 1957Description / Buy
50Sunday (Short Story) 1958Description / Buy
51The President 1958Description / Buy
52The Son 1958Description / Buy
53The Widower (Short Story) 1959Description / Buy
54The Grandmother 1959Description / Buy
55The Negro 1959Description / Buy
56Young Cardinaud 1959Description / Buy
57The Blue Room 1960Description / Buy
58Betty 1960Description / Buy
59Justice 1960Description / Buy
60The Family Lie (Short Story) 1960Description / Buy
61The Train 1961Description / Buy
62Striptease 1961Description / Buy
63Poisoned Relations (Short Story) 1961Description / Buy
64The hatter's ghosts 1961Description / Buy
65The Door (Short Story) 1962Description / Buy
66The House on Quai Notre Dame 1962Description / Buy
67The Others (Short Story) 1962Description / Buy
68The Bells of Bicetre 1963Description / Buy
69The Magician 1963Description / Buy
70Inquest on Bouvet 1963Description / Buy
71The Man With the Little Dog 1964Description / Buy
72The Venice Train 1965Description / Buy
73The Survivors 1965Description / Buy
74Venice Train 1965Description / Buy
75Black Rain 1965Description / Buy
76Ticket of Leave 1965Description / Buy
77The Cat 1966Description / Buy
78The Old Man Dies 1966Description / Buy
79Old Man Dies 1966Description / Buy
80The Mouse 1966Description / Buy
81Fate of the Malous 1966Description / Buy
82The Little Saint 1967Description / Buy
83The Brothers Rico 1967Description / Buy
84The Reckoning (Short Story) 1967Description / Buy
85The neighbours 1968Description / Buy
86The Prison 1968Description / Buy
87The Premier 1968Description / Buy
88The confessional. 1968Description / Buy
89The Patient 1968Description / Buy
90The Witnesses 1968Description / Buy
91Uncle Charles Has Locked Himself in 1969Description / Buy
92Uncle Charles 1969Description / Buy
93November 1970Description / Buy
94The Rich Man 1970Description / Buy
95Enigmas 1970Description / Buy
96The Glass Cage 1971Description / Buy
97The Innocents 1972Description / Buy
98The Disappearance Of Odile 1972Description / Buy
99Magician 1974Description / Buy
100The Girl in His Past 1976Description / Buy
101The Nightclub 1977Description / Buy
102The White Horse Inn (Short Story) 1979Description / Buy
103The Little Doctor 1981Description / Buy
104The Outlaw 1987Description / Buy
105The Murderer 2013Description / Buy
106The Hand 2016Description / Buy

Order of Georges Simenon Non-Fiction Books

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1Simenon's Paris 1970Description / Buy
2When I Was Old 1971Description / Buy
3Letter to My Mother (Short Story) 1976Description / Buy
4Intimate Memoirs: Including Marie-Jo's Book 1981Description / Buy

Georges Simenon Anthologies

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1 City Sleuths and Tough Guys1989Description / 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?

Georges Simenon doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Hand and was released on October, 6th 2016.

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