Inspector Maigret Books

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Inspector Maigret is the chief protagonist in the Inspector Maigret series of novels by prolific Belgian, Georges Simenone. The first appearance of Inspector Maigret was in the 1931 published mystery thriller, Pietr the Latvian.

Order of Inspector Maigret Series

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

Order of Inspector Maigret Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Maigret's Pipe: Seventeen Stories 1945 Description / Buy
2 Maigret's Christmas 1976 Description / Buy
Print: Print PDF

Order of Inspector Maigret Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Maigret's Pipe: Seventeen Stories 1945 Description / Buy
2 Maigret's Christmas 1976 Description / Buy
Print: Print PDF

Jude Amedee Francois Maigret otherwise known as Jules Maigret or simply Maigret to close friends and colleagues is a fictional commissaire and detective of the Paris Brigade Criminelle. Loosely based on the character of Chief Inspector Marcel Guillaume, a longtime friend of Simenone and regarded as one of the best detectives of his time, Commissaire Maigret is a huge man with broad shoulders, fair, and patient though a little gruff.

The first novel in the series, Pietr the Latvian introduces the chief protagonist of the novels, who is on a quest to locate a mysterious character that goes by the name Pietr the Latvian. After police notify the Commisssaire that a leader of an infamous Baltic gang and an international fraudster, Peter the Lett was on his way to Paris, the detective sets out to investigate the man. With only a description to go on, he successfully locates a man matching the description at the Gare du Nord, only to be called away to a train carriage where there is a body matching the description of Pietr.

Following the first man to a hotel, he soon identifies himself as an American executive Oswald Oppenheim who is in town to meet Mortimer Levington his wife. Everything goes haywire when a series of men matching the description ranging from an itinerant Russian, to a Norwegian sea captain come into Maigret’s radar. Just who is this Pietr the Latvian?


The very popular series of novels has been made into several movies and TV series over the years. The series of novels was made into a TV series in 1960 named Maigret. Running for 52 episodes between 1960 and 1963, the BBC produced series starred Rupert Davies in the lead role of Commissaire Maigret. The novels were also adapted into a TV miniseries of 12 episodes by ITV in 1992. Unlike the 1960 series, the ITV version uses material from 12 novels out of the 28 short stories and 75 novels in the Inspector Maigret series. The series has two movie adaptations to its name: Maigret’s Dead Man, and Maigret Sets a Trap. Both novels came out in 2016 and starred Rowan Atkinson in the lead role of Inspector Maigret.


Maigret Sets A Trap: The 1955 published novel Maigret Sets a Trap, is one of the most highly regarded novels in the series. In fact, it was so popular that it made into a movie by the same name in 2016. The series follows Inspector Maigret, who is devising a plan to arrest a serial killer by trapping him with his perverse vanity. A lucky break leads him to three suspects, which provides an unexpected twist. The unraveling of the dark web of possessiveness and guilt is so dark that it nearly exhausts the veteran detective.

The Cellars of the Majectic: The 21st novel in the Inspector Maigret series of novels, The Cellars of the Majestic is another highly regarded novel. After his exile from Paris, Maigret is now living in a small seemingly tranquil town on the French Coast. From his hotel room the inspector sees a sprightly man emerge from a doorway look around cautiously before disappearing back into his room. He appears moments later bent over and dragging a long mass that could have been a dead body. Though it is none of his business, the inspector just cannot help himself and follows the stranger.

The Madman of Bergerac: The sixteenth novel in the series is one of the most exciting of novels in the series. Maigret is going on vacation to Dorgone, when he has the ill luck of sitting next to an agitated traveling companion who spends most of the time sobbing and sighing. But when the strange man jumps off the train on a dark night, it is up to the inspector to find him before he harms himself or the citizens of Bergerac.


Many Inspector Maigret fans also love the “Solomon vs. Lord” series of novels by Paul Levine. These books are detective crime thrillers featuring two law partners Victoria Lord and Steve Solomon, who work x rated passion cases in South Florida. Inspector Maigret fans also liked the “Inspector Morse” series of novels by Colin Dexter. These books are mystery thrillers featuring Detective Chief Inspector Morse of the Thames Valley Police in Oxford England, who is an irascible detective with a penchant for cask ale, English literature, and cryptic crossword puzzles.

What Is The Next Book in The Inspector Maigret Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Inspector Maigret Series. The newest book is Maigret and Monsieur Charles and was released on January, 1st 1973.

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