What does it take to be an Inspector in 1950s Paris? Georges Simenon answers in his novels.

33542757To start this review, I have to say that I, personally, enjoy reading detectives at summer. The thing is, I feel that vacation read requires to be both thrilling and not emotionally heavy. And “Maigret And The Tall Woman” turned out to be just the book of that kind – so I’m very thankful to Penguin Books for sending it to me.

Actually, I was excited to read it as I’ve already been introduced to a few of Maigret detectives and all of them appeared to be full of plot twists and aperitif. And clearly, “Maigret And The Tall Woman” is no exception.

Putting the plot summary short: Maigret is visited by a tall woman he had arrested decades ago. She reports that her husband – a professional safecracker – is hiding, frightened, after coming across a murdered body of middle-aged woman during another break-in. She gives Maigret the address and  insists on investigation. Maigret calls to Brasserie Dauphine and asks for two Pernods to be delivered to his office. – Yes I have to add that upon finishing this detective you’ll be well aware of, what feels like, all the brasseries offering alcohol drinks in 1950s Paris.- Then he sets off to the house ,where , presumably, a murder has been comitted. However, to Maigret’s surprise, he finds that no murder has been reported although something about the atmosphere in the house gets him suspicious so in order to think carefully about what the case may be he decides to visit a brasserie across the street and drink some wine.

I suggest you to pick up this detective of Georges Simenon’s if you’re in for a fast-paced read filled with intrigues. It’s like, the more you read, the more does the fogg of suspense thicken.

Please, share your thoughts about your favorite Maigret detectives in comments!



“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare Read-a-long

19932363_1927007274218815_2115394869294792704_nMy read alongs with @ginaphx are turning into a very fun summer tradition. Like, last year we both read Cecelia Ahern’s newest dystopia novel and this year we’ve decided we need some challenge so Gina offered we read “Hamlet” in English. And that got me so thrilled because Shakespeare in English promised to be a mind teaser hahaaha.
However, Shakespeare’s florid writing proved itself to be rather enjoyable even though sometimes the monologues got so complicated that I just had to open my Russian edition to make sure I got it all correctly.

Upon finishing “Hamlet” I concluded that Shakespeare was a serial fictional characters killer. Really, what a crazy ending! Gives much to think about. So I immediately wrote to my friend and co-reader Gina @ginaphx and we had our discussion in which it turned out that we share each other’s opinions on most of the themes this play tackles.

One of my favourite scenes has been where Polonius gives his precepts to Laertes – sharing one of them here:
“Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice:                                                                         
Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgement”.

Morerover, what astonishes is that “Hamlet” ,being written back in 1600s, rises up problems which are still actual nowadays. Though, I guess, that’s what classics are for. So why not read Shakespeare and learn from represented persons’ mistakes?

I’m curious to hear your opinion if you have read “Hamlet”. Please share your thoughts or favorite quotes in comments!