The Cellars of the Majestic

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Try to imagine a guest, a wealthy woman, staying at the Majestic with her husband, her son, a nurse and a governess – in a suite that costs more than a thousand francs a day. At six in the morning, she’s strangled, not in her room, but in the basement locker room. In all likelihood, that’s where the crime was committed. What was the woman doing in the basement? Who could have lured her down there, and how? Especially at an hour when people of that kind are usually still fast asleep.

ISBN: 9780241188446 Author: Simenon, Georges Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 2nd July 2015 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 843.912 (edition:23) Pages: 167 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

‘Compelling, remorseless, brilliant’ John Gray

‘Try to imagine a guest, a wealthy woman, staying at the Majestic with her husband, her son, a nurse and a governess . . . In a suite that costs more than a thousand francs a day . . . At six in the morning, she’s strangled, not in her room, but in the basement locker room’

Below stairs at a glamorous hotel on the Champs-Élysées, the workers’ lives are worlds away from the luxury enjoyed by the wealthy guests. When their worlds meet, Maigret discovers a tragic story of ambition, blackmail and unrequited love.

This novel has been published in a previous translation as Maigret and the Hotel Majestic.

‘One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories’ Guardian

‘A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness’ Independent

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