Maigret & JJ’s Chapter-by-Chapter Idea

Last night I watched a couple Maigrets with Rowan Atkinson.  I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking of him as Black Adder, but it wasn’t a problem.  They were very well done though rather grim and lugubrious.  From the one I read, the tone seems right, which is probably why I will never read many of them.  They also don’t seem to offer much mystery.   Maigret seems to have a knack for finding the right suspect and keeping after him until he confesses.   One of the criminals was played by John Light who also plays Flambeau in Father Brown.


Not as grim and lugubrious as the newest (I think) And Then There Were None which I found just unwatchable.  I am alone in this as according to Rotten Tomatoes nearly everyone loved it and from the two reviews I read, it’s true.   One even mentioned humor.  I must’ve missed that line.  There was gratuitous violence.  Ten murders isn’t exciting enough.  Have to throw in some pointless domestic battery.  Fortunately for her, she’s one of the first to go.   I almost started reading it again as sort of a tonic to wash away the bad taste in my mouth, but I don’t really feel like it yet.


And then there’s JJ’s Chapter-by-Chapter Extravaganza which several of us thought such a good idea, we’d try it ourselves.  I was planning to wait until JJ did it, but Bradley went ahead and did The Red Widow Murders which I spent a while looking for only to discover it had shipped, but not arrived yet!   Well, now it’s here, so I’m going to go ahead with this one, writing my thoughts chapter by chapter and then I can see if this is 1) fun or tedious and 2) read Bradley’s Read-Along.   The Puzzle Doctor has also done one on Brian Flynn’s Fear and Trembling.   His is supposed to be spoiler-free, but I make no such promises.  I don’t see how you can really avoid them if you’re talking about a book as you go.   But maybe I’ll write a spoiler free review as well.


11 thoughts on “Maigret & JJ’s Chapter-by-Chapter Idea”

  1. Thanks for the shout-out. . . I think! I felt guilty about publishing before JJ, but the Puzzle Doctor did first – so let’s blame him!!

    I wonder if you’ll find, as I did, that this isn’t easy. I took the book to cafes to read, and I had to stop at the end of each chapter and type notes about it into my phone and then wait until I got home and typed them up before I could start the next chapter. At any rate, I wish you great luck and fun. It’s a most enjoyable book.

    1. I think you shouldn’t feel any guilt. It’s all JJ’s fault for coming up with a cracking idea and then waiting for ages! It’s still not July! We’re only human.

      1. Hey, the only problem I have with people doing it before me is how self-conscious it’s made me realising people actually read my nlog. Will be really interesting to see how you stack up against Brad in this one — the very best of luck to you!

    2. I tried to comment on your site but it wouldn’t let me. So, hoping somehow you’ll see this. Congrats on your solution! You did enviably well. I was going to mention a fact which makes your little love triangle dialogue inapplicable to this particular book, though quite funny, but I don’t want to write a spoiler on this page where innocent parties may see it.

  2. I didn’t know another Then There Were None had been made — a BBC production, I presume? I’ve gotten really annoyed with them over Christie mysteries, they never can leave well enough alone. I was enraged by one where they gave a Tommy and Tuppence story to Miss Marple, and she runs into Tuppence, who is played as an incompetent, unhappily married lush. TUPPENCE. Aargh!

    1. Yes, BBC. Sigh. 2015 was a bad year. They also did Partners in Crime which was a dour and lugubrious Tommy and Tuppence. Also, they weren’t very smart. Such a shame Tommy and Tuppence were my favorites. I love the old ones with Francesca Annis and James Warwick

    1. I know, right? I think it would’ve been so great if over the years they had Annis and Warwick get back together at appropriate intervals and do the later stories.

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