Back in 1930, Georges Simenon’s first Detective Chief Inspector Maigret was published. Over seventy more Maigrets would appear over the years. Jeff Meyerson has read them all. Art Scott has collected them all. Penguin is reprinting the entire Maigret series, releasing one title per month in order. These Penguin editions are newly translated (the translator of Pietr the Latvian, David Bellos, does a fine job). For those of you who haven’t read a Maigret novel, Maigret is a force of nature. He doggedly pursues criminals. His methods are more psychological than forensic. Atmosphere is everything (and it’s usually raining in a Maigret novel). Another big fan of Maigret, Terry Teachout, shares his enthusiasm for the new Maigret series here. If you’re looking for a classic crime series featuring a unique detective, I recommend Maigret.