[Read] ➲ Félicie Author Georges Simenon – Marjoriejane.co.uk

Félicie chapter 1 Félicie, meaning Félicie, genre Félicie, book cover Félicie, flies Félicie, Félicie 970bf42024972 Peg Leg Lapie, A Crusty Old Sailor, Is Found Mysteriously Murdered In A Most Incongruous Setting A Picturesque Cottage Near Paris, Where He Lived Attended Only By His Young Housekeeper, Felicie But Lapie Was Not Alone Maigret, Chief Inspector Of The Paris Police, Is Sure Of It A Man At Work In His Garden, Wearing Clogs And A Straw Hat, Does Not Suddenly Drop His Tools To Go Indoors And Fetch A Bottle Of Brandy To Drink Alone In The Summerhouse There Must Have Been Another Glass That Someone Removed But F Licie, In Her Red Hat Trimmed With An Iridescent Feather, Proves A Champion Adversary, As Skilled In Innuendo And Evasion As Maigret Is In Deduction


10 thoughts on “Félicie

  1. says:

    Years later Chief Inspector Maigret remembers the infuriating housekeeper F licie Although 24, she actslike a tween, an inveterate liar who stubbornly insists she ll reveal nothing about the murder of her employer, the retired bookkeeper Jules Peg Leg Lapie Maigret muses, She d given himtrouble than all the hardened criminals in his career In F licie previously published as Maigret and the Toy Village , Maigret s instincts prove excellent when he concentrates on the preening, Years later Chief Inspector Maigret remembers the infuriating housekeeper F licie Although 24, she actslike a tween, an inveterate liar who stubbornly insists she ll reveal nothing about the murder of her employer, the retired bookkeeper Jules Peg Leg Lapie Maigret muses, She d given himtrouble than all the hardened criminals in his career In F licie previously published as Maigret and the Toy Village , Maigret s instincts prove excellent when he concentrates on the preening, childish housekeeper as the crux of the case With the 24th novel in the series, first published in 1944, Georges Simenon has produced yet another gem Maigret will never forget F licie neither will you


  2. says:

    Another enjoyable Maigret This time Maigret reminisces about Felicie a 24 year old housekeeper for a man called Pegleg who is murdered She refuses to cooperate with Maigret who is frustrated by her stubbornness What amuses me is his fixation on her and how after some investigation he finds the truth She is elusive, angry, sharp witted, mysterious and has a vivid imagination She is hiding a secret Felicie is a romantic daydreamer who is in love with a suspect She goes as far as to try and Another enjoyable Maigret This time Maigret reminisces about Felicie a 24 year old housekeeper for a man called Pegleg who is murdered She refuses to cooperate with Maigret who is frustrated by her stubbornness What amuses me is his fixation on her and how after some investigation he finds the truth She is elusive, angry, sharp witted, mysterious and has a vivid imagination She is hiding a secret Felicie is a romantic daydreamer who is in love with a suspect She goes as far as to try and get rid of evidence, lie and throw hissy fits at Maigret He as always plods along methodically and solves the mystery of the wardrobe and murder The story is set in a new village development outside of Paris With of course a few beers, brandy and wine to keep Maigret s little grey cells lubricated


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    I wrote in my review of Simenon s The Blue Room that all whodunits have to stick to a tried and trusted formula But that s not quite true, as in F licie we have a whodunit that does everything it can to break that formula It pushes at it, it shoves at it eventually it punches so hard it nearly breaks it apart, so in the end we have a mystery where a murder is committed and a detective works to find out who committed the crime, but that is actually incidental to the true purpose of the boo I wrote in my review of Simenon s The Blue Room that all whodunits have to stick to a tried and trusted formula But that s not quite true, as in F licie we have a whodunit that does everything it can to break that formula It pushes at it, it shoves at it eventually it punches so hard it nearly breaks it apart, so in the end we have a mystery where a murder is committed and a detective works to find out who committed the crime, but that is actually incidental to the true purpose of the book As at its heart, F licie is a love story, or perhapsaccurately a hate story It s an odd couple tale, about the ups and downs in a relationship between two mis matched souls thrown suddenly together.As the title suggests, F licie is one of those souls A headstrong young woman who works as a house keeper for an eccentric old man, who one sunny morning finds himself murdered Swiftly she has the full attention of Inspector Maigret and the book is about the battle of wills which constitutes their relationship F licie herself is changeable, superior, impetuous and either too smart for her own good or not smart enough And she infuriates Maigret like few people ever have before It makes for an odd book, particularly with the murder normally the raison d tre of any mystery novel being dumped in the furthest corner of the back seat So much so that Maigret has to remind himself repeatedly that a murder has taken place It s an odd read, but one I just about bought into As really, how much you enjoy F licie is going to depend on how happy you are to go along with its conceit, and whether you want your whodunit to read like a whodunit, or if you re happy to enjoy a sweet, literary sitcom


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    An interesting story taking Maigret out of Paris to a new housing development 19 miles to the west of the capital The crime that brings Maigret here is the brutal murder of a Jules Lapie in his own home by an unknown assailant The killing happened while F licie, the victim s housekeeper was out shopping implying the perpretrator was aware of her routine and had knowledge of the property.Maigret believes that the answers are caught up in F licie s relationship with her employer and the novel sh An interesting story taking Maigret out of Paris to a new housing development 19 miles to the west of the capital The crime that brings Maigret here is the brutal murder of a Jules Lapie in his own home by an unknown assailant The killing happened while F licie, the victim s housekeeper was out shopping implying the perpretrator was aware of her routine and had knowledge of the property.Maigret believes that the answers are caught up in F licie s relationship with her employer and the novel shares his focus on this rural community, like a toy village, hence earlier titles, and a quiet retirement settlement a place that seems at odds with such a violent shooting However, it isn t the place that seems to hold his attention but rather this young woman F licie who seems to be able to defy him wherehardened criminals would crumble before the chief inspector.It is this relationship that carries the book, full of wit and conflict, verbal jousting and frustration, resentment to a growing respect.I liked the book cos it shows the detective in a new light His wider investigation that includes a large number of police officers is shown and a real mystery is at the heart of the book which the reader solves in step with the police investigation.Full of typical Maigret moments, ignoring his wife for the case leaving his detectives to their tasks and the leg work Observing them with pride when they seem a chip off the old block and establishing his authority where food is concerned.Having watched the successful Michael Gambon TV series this episode, Maigret and the Maid was brought to mind as it is true to the book What the TV script couldn t do was show the workings of Maigret s mind and the depth of the wider investigation For fans of Maigret this a great book to enjoy his ways and investigative methods especially as initially the young women stonewalls him Classic


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    Clever character study of this impertinent 24 year old housekeeper during the investigation into her employer s murder Stylish and succinct to nuance writing that circles Felicie s motives and operationsthan the crime reveal outcome Our detective is entranced This is quite erudite in language and accepts a rather dire tone of logic and of human nature But this isthan the average novella mystery genre fare of the present Far less on procedure and outcomes, faron core person Clever character study of this impertinent 24 year old housekeeper during the investigation into her employer s murder Stylish and succinct to nuance writing that circles Felicie s motives and operationsthan the crime reveal outcome Our detective is entranced This is quite erudite in language and accepts a rather dire tone of logic and of human nature But this isthan the average novella mystery genre fare of the present Far less on procedure and outcomes, faron core personality and reaction


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    A detective investigating a murder tangles with an odd woman.I really enjoyed this old style detective story it had plenty of plot twists and turns and was a good quick read.


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    I ve seen every episode I think of Bruno Cremer s Maigret series This was not one of my favourites but the book made a quick, light read The Inspector is back at his two faced best kind to the suspect he wants to get something from, crusty with his wife and subordinates Not content with sitting down to a leisurely full hot meal after passing a paper wrapped sandwich off to poor old Lucas who is on 24 hour watch duty, he feels no compunction at lifting a lobster the innkeeper had promised I ve seen every episode I think of Bruno Cremer s Maigret series This was not one of my favourites but the book made a quick, light read The Inspector is back at his two faced best kind to the suspect he wants to get something from, crusty with his wife and subordinates Not content with sitting down to a leisurely full hot meal after passing a paper wrapped sandwich off to poor old Lucas who is on 24 hour watch duty, he feels no compunction at lifting a lobster the innkeeper had promised to his hardworking foot soldiers, telling her glibly to find something else for them, while he toddles off to dine in style at the murder victim s house Written during WW2, the tale of a retired accountant who hated the sea and yet lived in a house called Cape Horn and filled with pictures and prints of tall ships was pure escapism for the author and his readers of the time This is borne out by Maigret s repeated ruminations on how delightful it would be to retire to this toy village and step into Peg Leg s clogs and straw hat, with no further worries than pricking out tomato seedlings and drinking the ros wine in the cellarbut he knows he d soon be bored rigid, as there would be little else to occupy his attention Not the most engaging of Maigret s cases, but a very quick read less than 4 hours start to finish and as light entertainments go, pas terrible


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    Maigret is a wonderful detective Here, as it seems in many of his adventures, Maigret takescare of the suspects than he does his own subordinates Maigret will drink with a suspect, but expect a police officer to sit outside all night in the rain to make sure the suspect does not leave.The toy village in the title is a newly developed residential area where all the houses are new and painted pretty colors All the trees are newly planted twigs and the gardens are just developing To M Maigret is a wonderful detective Here, as it seems in many of his adventures, Maigret takescare of the suspects than he does his own subordinates Maigret will drink with a suspect, but expect a police officer to sit outside all night in the rain to make sure the suspect does not leave.The toy village in the title is a newly developed residential area where all the houses are new and painted pretty colors All the trees are newly planted twigs and the gardens are just developing To Maigret it seems as though these little houses and undeveloped open spaces are like toys Because it is being marketed somewhat unsuccessfully as a retirement village, there s nothing much going on in the town except murder Maigret is confronted with one suspect whom he believes is lying to him constantly and another who just won t sit still.Maigret seems to be just the opposite of Donna Leon s Guido Brunetti who has a warm family life Maigret talks to his wife just once in this book and that to tell her he won t be home for a special weekend dinner with friends Is this a difference in detectives or in cultures I will readMaigrets, especially if they are all as short as this one, because I like his character and the plots are pretty good too


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    One of the best Maigrets His dogged close watch on the reluctant Felicie is full of intrigue, firmness, compassion, and quirky humour even involving a live lobster for dinner, which he has to tell to be quiet while he is on the phone Priceless.The GR blurb Peg Leg Lapie, a crusty old sailor, is found mysteriously murdered in a most incongruous setting a picturesque cottage near Paris, where he lived attended only by his young housekeeper, Felicie But Lapie was not alone Maigret, chief in One of the best Maigrets His dogged close watch on the reluctant Felicie is full of intrigue, firmness, compassion, and quirky humour even involving a live lobster for dinner, which he has to tell to be quiet while he is on the phone Priceless.The GR blurb Peg Leg Lapie, a crusty old sailor, is found mysteriously murdered in a most incongruous setting a picturesque cottage near Paris, where he lived attended only by his young housekeeper, Felicie But Lapie was not alone Maigret, chief inspector of the Paris police, is sure of it A man at work in his garden, wearing clogs and a straw hat, does not suddenly drop his tools to go indoors and fetch a bottle of brandy to drink alone in the summerhouse There must have been another glass that someone removed But F licie, in her red hat trimmed with an iridescent feather, proves a champion adversary, as skilled in innuendo and evasion as Maigret is in deduction


  10. says:

    After a period of several years I have recently gotten four of the Maigret s books and while I always enjoy his writing, this particular story was odd in that its a murder written almost as a comedy with a secondary character initially the suspect very one dimensionally This character is a young woman who lived as the housekeeper in the murder victim s house and from the very beginning is antagonistic with the police, refusing to answer question and behaving strangely all around Unlike M After a period of several years I have recently gotten four of the Maigret s books and while I always enjoy his writing, this particular story was odd in that its a murder written almost as a comedy with a secondary character initially the suspect very one dimensionally This character is a young woman who lived as the housekeeper in the murder victim s house and from the very beginning is antagonistic with the police, refusing to answer question and behaving strangely all around Unlike Maigret, I didn t find her humorous or interesting just a spoiled brat that obviously knewthan she was saying So the way the inspector behaves around her is also false, and disappointing.So while the mystery itself was interesting, the way it was told was not


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