u003cbu003eu003cbu003eu003cbu003eu003cbu003e"One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories." --u003ciu003eThe Guardianu003c/iu003eu003c/bu003eu003c/bu003eu003cbru003eu003c/bu003eu003cbru003eIn this delightful holiday-themed collection of nine short stories, Inspector Maigret must solve a series of little mysteries--just in time for Christmas morningu003c/bu003e u003cpu003eChristmas mysteries abound in this light-hearted holiday collection of Jules Maigret's exploits: In one, an otherwise sensible little girl insists that she has seen Father Christmas, a statement alarming to her neighbors, Monsieur and Madame Maigret. Then, a choirboy helps the inspector solve a crime while he lies in bed with a cold; another boy, pursued by a criminal, ingeniously leaves a trail to help Maigret track him. Many of these stories feature observant and resourceful children, frightened yet resolute, who bring out a paternal streak in the childless Maigret. u003cpu003eThe rapport between the inspector and these youthful heroes imparts a delightful freshness to this holiday collection. u003ciu003eA Maigret Christmasu003c/iu003e is a cornucopia for fans of Maigret and mysteries alike.