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

1Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett / Pietr the Latvian1931Description / Buy
2Maigret Meets a Milord / The Carter of 'La Providence' (Short Story)1931Description / Buy
3The Death of Monsieur Gallet / The Late Monsieur Gallet / Maigret Stonewalled1931Description / Buy
4The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien / The Crime of Inspector Maigret / Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets1931Description / Buy
5A Battle of Nerves / A Man's Head1931Description / Buy
6The Yellow Dog / Maigret and the Concarneau Murders1931Description / Buy
7Maigret at the Crossroads / The Night at the Crossroads1931Description / Buy
8Maigret in Holland / A Crime in Holland1931Description / 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-Moulin1931Description / Buy
11Maigret and the Tavern by the Seine / The Two-Penny Bar1931Description / Buy
12The Shadow Puppet / Maigret Mystified1932Description / Buy
13Maigret Goes Home / The Saint-Fiacre Affair / Maigret on Home Ground / Maigret and the Countess1932Description / Buy
14Maigret and the Flemish Shop / The Flemish House1932Description / Buy
15Maigret and the Death of a Harbor-Master / Misty Harbour / Maigret and Monsieur Labbe1932Description / Buy
16The Madman of Bergerac1932Description / Buy
17Liberty Bar / Maigret on the Riviera1932Description / Buy
18Lock No. 1 / The Lock at Charenton1933Description / Buy
19Maigret / Maigret Returns1934Description / Buy
20The Cellars of the Majestic / Maigret and the Hotel Majestic1942Description / Buy
21The Judge's House / Maigret in Exile1942Description / Buy
22Maigret and the Spinster / Cécile is Dead1942Description / Buy
23Maigret and the Fortuneteller / To Any Lengths / Signed, Picpus (Short Story)1944Description / Buy
24Félicie / Maigret and the Toy Village1944Description / Buy
25Inspector Cadaver / Maigret's Rival1944Description / Buy
26Maigret Gets Angry / Maigret in Retirement1947Description / Buy
27Maigret in New York / Maigret in New York's Underworld1947Description / Buy
28Maigret's Holiday / A Summer Holiday / No Vacation for Maigret1948Description / Buy
29Maigret's Dead Man / Maigret's Special Murder1948Description / Buy
30Maigret's First Case1949Description / Buy
31My Friend Maigret / The Methods of Maigret1949Description / Buy
32Maigret at the Coroner's / Maigret and the Coroner1949Description / Buy
33Maigret and the Old Lady1950Description / Buy
34Madame Maigret's Own Case / The Friend of Madame Maigret / Madame Maigret's Friend1950Description / Buy
35Maigret's Memoirs1951Description / Buy
36Maigret in Montmartre / Maigret and the Strangled Stripper / Maigret at Picratt's1951Description / Buy
37Maigret Takes a Room / Maigret Rents a Room1951Description / Buy
38Maigret and the Burglar's Wife / Maigret and the Tall Woman1951Description / Buy
39Maigret and the Gangsters / Inspector Maigret and the Killers / Maigret, Lognon and the Gangsters1952Description / Buy
40Maigret's Revolver1952Description / Buy
41Maigret Sits it Out1952Description / Buy
42Maigret and the Man on the Bench / Maigret and the Man on the Boulevard1953Description / Buy
43Maigret Afraid / Maigret Is Afraid1953Description / Buy
44Maigret's Mistake1953Description / Buy
45Maigret Goes to School1954Description / Buy
46Maigret and the Minister1954Description / Buy
47Maigret and the Dead Girl / Maigret and the Young Girl1954Description / Buy
48Maigret and the Calame Report / Maigret and the Minister1955Description / Buy
49Maigret and the Headless Corpse1955Description / Buy
50Maigret Sets a Trap1955Description / Buy
51Maigret's Failure1956Description / Buy
52Maigret Enjoys Himself / Maigret's Little Joke / None of Maigret's Business1957Description / Buy
53Maigret Travels / Maigret and the Millionaires1958Description / Buy
54Maigret Has Scruples / Maigret's Doubts1958Description / Buy
55Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses1959Description / Buy
56Maigret's Secret / Maigret Has Doubts1959Description / Buy
57Maigret in Court1960Description / Buy
58Maigret and the Old People / Maigret in Society1960Description / Buy
59Maigret and the Idle Burglar / Maigret and the Lazy Burglar1961Description / Buy
60Maigret and the Black Sheep / Maigret and the Good People of Montparnasse1962Description / Buy
61Maigret and the Saturday Caller (Short Story)1962Description / Buy
62Maigret and the Tramp / Maigret and the Dosser / Maigret and the Bum1963Description / Buy
63Maigret's Fury / Maigret Loses His Temper / Maigret's Anger1963Description / Buy
64Maigret and the Ghost / Maigret and the Apparition1964Description / 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 Patience1965Description / Buy
67Maigret and the Nahour Case1966Description / Buy
68Maigret and the Pickpocket / Maigret's Pickpocket1967Description / Buy
69Maigret in Vichy / Maigret Takes the Waters1968Description / Buy
70Maigret Hesitates1968Description / Buy
71Maigret's Boyhood Friend / Maigret's Childhood Friend1968Description / Buy
72Maigret and the Killer1969Description / Buy
73Maigret and the Wine Merchant1970Description / Buy
74Maigret and the Madwoman / Maigret's Madwoman1970Description / Buy
75Maigret and the Loner1971Description / Buy
76Maigret and the Informer / Maigret and the Flea1972Description / Buy
77Maigret and Monsieur Charles1973Description / Buy

Order of Inspector Maigret Short Story Collections

1Maigret's Pipe: Seventeen Stories1945Description / Buy
2Maigret's Christmas1976Description / Buy
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Order of Inspector Maigret Short Story Collections

1Maigret's Pipe: Seventeen Stories1945Description / Buy
2Maigret's Christmas1976Description / Buy
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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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