Maigret Has Scruples  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Maigret Has Scruples (French: Les Scrupules de Maigret) is a detective novel by the Belgian writer Georges Simenon featuring his character Jules Maigret.


On one of those rare days when all is quiet at the Quai des Orfèvres Maigret receives a visit from the mild-mannered toy salesman (at the Magasins du Louvre) Xavier Marton. Marton thinks that either his wife is trying to poison him or he is just crazy. Then Mme. Marton also shows up leaving Maigret rather bemused. Worried about his own wife's health and musing over his marriage, Maigret decides to investigate despite an order from the public prosecutor not to. When a body finally shows up, the reality is a surprise to everyone.

Publication history

The French title was first published by Presses de la Cite in Paris on 25 June 1958.

The first English version appeared in 1959 as Maigret has scruples and was published by Hamish Hamilton. Roger Eglesfield was the translator for this and all subsequent English versions.

The first American version appeared in a two-book volume (with Maigret and the Reluctant Witness) entitled Versus Inspector Maigret published by Doubleday.

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