Simenon never ceases to amaze. That's the wonder of his work. And Maigret was such a cultural icon in France that someone even wrote 'Madame Maigret's Cookbook' so that fans could try cooking all his favourite dishes. P.S. I like the fact that some of France's greatest cultural contributions - that helped define France in the 20th Century - were actually the product of belgians: the books of Simenon and the songs of Jacques Brel. Even France's most beloved pop star Johnny Hallyday is half Belgian.