Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon

Pietr the Latvian is the first of the Maigret novels newly reissued by Penguin.

This was an enjoyable detective fiction but I have to say, this was a little disappointing. The mystery itself was interesting enough but the writing style and characterisation felt unbelievably clunky to the point where I was never able to get fully absorbed into the story. In many ways I think this was due to the translation and I have noticed that the other books in the series are each translated by different people so I may check out the second book, but this one was just not as well written as you would expect it to be.

Overall, if you want to read a mystery novel set in 1930s France, maybe give this a go but I think some of the beauty is definitely lost in the translation.

2 out of 5 stars!


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