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The Perfect Nanny: A Novel

by Leïla Slimani

“One of the most important books of the year.” NPR’s Weekend Edition

“Extraordinary.” The New Yorker

“The first ‘hot’ novel of 2018.” The Washington Post

Named One of 2018’s Most...

Maigret Goes to School

by Georges Simenon & Linda Coverdale

Maigret becomes entangled in the dramas of a small town on his quest to solve the murder of their former postmistress. The forty-fourth book in the new Penguin Maigret series.

Maigret is called from his usual...

Maigret's Mistake

by Georges Simenon & Howard Curtis

When a young woman with a dark past is found dead on the streets of Paris, Inspector Maigret is on the case. The forty-third book in the new Penguin Maigret series.

A young woman named Lulu, who has a history...

Three Days and a Life

by Pierre Lemaitre

In 1999, in the small provincial town of Beauval, France, twelve-year-old Antoine Courtin accidentally kills a young neighbor boy in the woods near his home. Panicked, he conceals the body and to his relief--and...

Maigret Is Afraid

by Georges Simenon & Ros Schwartz

Maigret stumbles upon a series of murders in Fontenay-le-Comte while visiting an old school friend. The forty-second book in the new Penguin Maigret series.

On his way home from a conference, Maigret stops...

The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By

by Georges Simenon & Sian Reynolds

In this Georges Simenon classic, a Dutch clerk flees to Paris with his crooked boss’s money and meets the woman behind the man. 

“A certain furtive, almost shameful emotion . . . disturbed him whenever he...

Maigret and the Man on the Bench

by Georges Simenon & David Watson

Inspector Maigret must untangle the web of lies left behind by a murdered man whose family didn’t know him as well as they thought. The forty-first book in the new Penguin Maigret series.

When a man is found...

Maigret's Revolver

by Georges Simenon & Sian Reynolds

When Maigret’s .45 revolver is stolen from his home, he becomes embroiled in a murder in which the gun may have played a deadly role. The fortieth book in the new Penguin Maigret series.

Maigret is the victim...

How to Behave in a Crowd: A Novel

by Camille Bordas

A witty, heartfelt novel that brilliantly evokes the confusions of adolescence and marks the arrival of an extraordinary young talent.

Isidore Mazal is eleven years old, the youngest of six siblings living in...

Maigret, Lognon and the Gangsters

by Georges Simenon & Will Hobson

Maigret goes up against a group of American gangsters and finds he just might have met his match. The thirty-ninth book in the new Penguin Maigret series.

In Maigret's latest adventure, the Inspector learns...

The Seventh Function of Language

by Laurent Binet & Sam Taylor

From the prizewinning author of HHhH, “the most insolent novel of the year” (L’Express)

Paris, 1980. The literary critic Roland Barthes dies—struck by a laundry van—after lunch with the presidential...

Autopsy of a Father

by Pascale Kramer & Robert Bononno

“[Kramer’s body of work is] precise and sumptuous . . . a song of emotion, but with a great lucidity about the humanity of simple people.” —Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Swiss Grand Prize for Literature...

The Portrait

by Antoine Laurain, Jane Aitken & Emily Boyce

A collector unearths the find of a lifetime: an eighteenth-century portrait of a man uncannily like him. While wandering through a Paris auction house, avid collector Pierre-François Chaumont is stunned to...

Maigret Takes a Room

by Georges Simenon & Shaun Whiteside

When a man is killed outside a Parisian boarding house, Maigret moves in to get to the bottom of it. The thirty-seventh book in the new Penguin Maigret series.

While keeping watch outside Mademoiselle Clément's boarding house to await...

Maigret at Picratt's

by Georges Simenon & Will Hobson

When a Montmarte stripper overhears a plot to murder a countess, Maigret is on the case. The thirty-sixth book in the new Penguin Maigret series.


Arlette, a beautiful young dancer at Picratt’s in Montmartre...

The End of Eddy

by Edouard Louis & Michael Lucey

An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy.

“Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again . . . Today I’m really gonna...

Maigret's Memoirs

by Georges Simenon & Howard Curtis

A fictional autobiography of Maigret, Georges Simenon’s brilliant detective. The thirty-fifth book in the new Penguin Maigret series.


In this make-believe memoir, Maigret recounts a meeting with the author...

A Climate of Fear

by Fred Vargas

From the #1 bestselling French author and four-time winner of the Crime Writers’ Association’s International Dagger Award

"French crime queen's new mystery—her best yet."—The Sunday Times ("Must Reads")...


by Sarah Cohen-Scali & Penny Hueston

Nazi Germany 1936. The Lebensborn program is going strong as German women are carefully selected by the Nazis and recruited to give birth to new representatives of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is...

The Kingdom

by Emmanuel Carrere & John Lambert

A sweeping fictional account of the early Christians, whose unlikely beliefs conquered the world

Gripped by the tale of a Messiah whose blood we drink and body we eat, the genre-defying author Emmanuel Carrère...