In "Chief Inspector Maigret Visits London," Margaret de Rohan has written yet another rip-roaring good read for 12+ year olds. In aiming at the slightly older reader she has also managed to move not only her characters on a-pace but has with wit, humour and intrigue started to address more sophisticated themes.
In introducing the implicit professional rivalry between the Chief Inspectors Maigret and Scott cultural differences and diversities between the French and English and their respective Police Forces are sensitively and amusingly highlighted.
Maigret's sidekicks, Georges Martin and Jacques are fleshed-out as the storyline unfolds and in an interesting twist become central to the plot. Characters new to the reader such as Chief Inspector Scott and Sergeant Andy Gillespie and the loveable small-time criminal Slippery Sam add truly British comedic moments during their interview sessions conducted at Scotland Yard.
The themes embraced in this novel invite the young and not so you reader to ponder the age old conundrum of whether evil is simply the absence of good or if there are truly two opposing forces of Good. and Evil, confronting us all.
Above all, what we have wrapped up here in "Inspector Maigret Visits London" is a thoroughly pacey and rollicking "Who Dunnit" for readers of all ages.