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read Cécile est morte kindle × Paperback ´ georges simenon ´ ❮Reading❯ ➷ Cécile est morte Author Georges Simenon – A new translation of this moving novel about the destructive power of greed book twenty in the new Penguin Maigret series Poor Cécile And yet shOk inside though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories' Guardian'A supreme writer unforgettable vividness' IndependentGeorges Simenon was born in Liège Belgium in 1903 Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe He died in 1989 in Lausanne Switzerland where he had lived for the latter part of his lif After a young woman and her invalid aunt are murdered Inspector Maigret regrets dismissing her fearful claims that someone has been entering their locked apartment at nightIn this novel Maigret is driven to solve the case by personal remorse Prior to the murders Cecile had visited him on several occasions claiming that someone had been getting into their apartment at night as evidenced by items found out of place While Maigret did eventually post officers both outside the building and in the stairwell the general consensus at police headuarters was that the lonely poor spinster was either fabricating this story for attention or experiencing paranoid delusions and Maigret would put off seeing her for as long as possible whenever she appeared in the police waiting room After Cecile and her aunt are killed he regrets dismissing her as a uack Cecile is a pitiful character with whom I couldn't help sympathizing She is the servant and caretaker of her ungrateful aunt who exploits her meek nature and lives a miserable existence from the deaths of her parents until her senseless death Even after her murder the poor girl continues to be treated as a laughing stockThis case was straightforward than many of Maigret's cases There were no baffling leaps of logic An American criminologist even turns up near the end to observe Inspector Maigret's methods which gives Maigret the opportunity to elaborate on his personal strategy of understanding the person behind the crime It is impossible to conduct a police inuiry without to some extent entering into the life of the accused We visit him in his home We become familiar with his house his habits his family and his friends all our efforts are directed toward getting to know the murderer as he was before Page 129

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A new translation of this moving novel about the destructive power of greed book twenty in the new Penguin Maigret series Poor Cécile And yet she was still young Maigret had seen her papers barely twenty eight years old But it would be difficult to look like an old maid to move less gracefully in spite of the care she took to be friendly and pleasant Those black dresses that she must make for herself from bad paper patterns that ridiculous green hatIn the dreary sub I am now past the point of thinking of Georges Simenon's Maigret novels simply as genre literature Any writer of mysteries who could enthrall the likes of William Faulkner Muriel Spark Peter Ackroyd André Gide P D James and John Banville clearly has a lot going for him than mere whodunitsIn Cécile is Dead Simenon shows us an Inspector Maigret who is frantically trying to overcome a minor act of negligence which costs the life of a young woman who is killed within feet of his office at the Police Judiciare In addition the elderly miser for whom she worked has been killed while wearing only one sockOne new note is struck when Maigret is attended by a young American from Philadelphia who is studying his methods of crime detection Does the Inspector regale him with clouds of theory? Not at all He gets a lesson in practical detection as Maigret sifts through a crowd of suspects before hitting on the criminals Throughout he is like a force of natureOne day when Madame Maigret was looking pensively at her husband she had suddenly sighed with almost comical candour I do wonder why you haven't been slapped in the face often in your lifeIt was deeply heartfelt In fact there were moments when even with her Maigret could be extraordinarily overbearing and his wife was probably the only one who knew that he was entirely unaware of it It wasn't that you saw an ironic smile or a glint of mockery in his eyes nothing like that You found yourself facing a solid block offering nothing you could get a grip on a man who continued to be absorbed in his internal monologue while you were talking or getting worked up Was the inspector listening to you Did he see you or only the wall above your head? He would suddenly interrupt you in the middle of a sentence or a word and what he said bore no relation to your preceding remarksSimenon was so wrapped up in this story which was written in 1939 1940 just on the verge of World War Two and yet there was not even a hint of the conflagration that was to overtake his world

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Cécile est morteUrbs of Paris the merciless greed of a seemingly respectable woman is unearthed by her long suffering niece and Maigret discovers the far reaching conseuences of their actionsPenguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations This novel has been published in a previous translation as Maigret and the Spinster'Compelling remorseless brilliant' John Gray'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century Simenon was uneualled at making us lo Here we have a story that is than meets the eye Paris is enmeshed in a soupy fog that gives the morning the appearance of a Gothic evening Maigret makes his way from his home to police headuarters where a young lady with a modest and mousy demeanor Mlle Cécile Pardon has been dutifully awaiting his arrival Lately she had been a freuent visitor to police headuarters vainly trying to get Maigret's attention about some irregularities she had noticed at the apartment of her old and miserly aunt with whom she lives and has dutifully catered to her needs for years When finally Maigret deigns to meet with Mlle Pardon she is goneHis first reaction was to shrug it off Then as he sat down again he frowned This was not like Cécile who had once waited seven hours for him sitting motionless in the waiting room There were papers all over his desk He searched through them for the slip she had filled in At last under youong Duchemin's file he found it'I must see you most urgently Something terrible happened last night' Cécile PardonMaigret now in reflection mode thinks back several months ago to a meeting he had at police headuarters with Mlle Pardon in which she told him of her suspicions that someone had been rummaging through her aunt's personal effects during the evening Someone who has managed somehow to get access to her aunt's apartment at a time in which she and her aunt who is a virtual invalid are fast asleep Cécile explained to Maigret that not only did I find that two chairs had been moved but also that the thread had been broken So obviously someone must have been in the apartment Whoever it was spent some time in the sitting room and what's opened my aunt's desk I'd rigged up something there too It's the third time in two months My aunt has been almost wholly incapacitated for some months No one has a key to the apartment and yet the lock hasn't been forced I haven't liked to mention to Aunt Juliette it would only worry her All the same I'm certain of one thing nothing has been taken If it had been she would have mentioned it; she's so suspicious of everyoneHis curiosity fully aroused Maigret makes his way to the house in the Bourg la Reine neighborhood where Cécile Pardon had lived with her aunt for many years There Cécile's aunt is found in her apartment dead Cause of death strangulation A search is then carried out for Cécile who had been so anxious to speak with Maigret that morning Eventually she is found in a somewhat obscure corner of police headuarters dead Cause of death murder The rest of the novel is centered upon Maigret's efforts to solve both murders a process which takes him down a winding path involving many of the characters in the house in the Bourg la Reine Never a dull moment here Any reader need only afford himherself some leisure and become immersed in this lively engaging story