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The Misty Harbor: Inspector Maigret    by Georges Simenon order for
Misty Harbor
by Georges Simenon
Order:  USA  Can
Penguin, 2015 (2015)
* * *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

Here is the bare-bones outline of the baffling case confronting Detective Chief Inspector Maigret in Linda Coverdale's fine new Penguin paperback translation of Georges Simenon's entertaining 1932 novel, Le port des brumes:

An unmarried middle-aged coastal harbormaster vanishes for six weeks only to show up in Paris with a cracked and patched-up skull but no memory; the man dies under mysterious circumstances almost immediately upon his return to his home; the manís housekeeper discovers a note from her sea-going brother the next day; three hundred thousand francs suddenly appear in the man's previously meager bank account; and the man's several acquaintances in the coastal Normandy village of Ouistreham know more than they will admit.

Maigret's assistant, Lucas, asks, 'You think we'll ever get to the bottom of this?' And the determined French detective responds: 'I'm beginning to think we won't. They're all liars. And the ones who aren't lying won't talk, even though they know something! It's as if everyone around here were responsible for the man's death.' Maigret, of course, does get to the bottom of the case. How he gets there, though, involves danger and requires determination.

Well, there you have a preview of another highly recommended Simenon novel. But here is something else you should know: Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels. And, finally, here is my advice: read and enjoy every one of them!

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