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Jules Maigret was invented by the novelist Georges Simenon. The inspiration was Chief Inspector Marcel Guillaume, said to be the greatest French detective of his day, who became a longtime friend of Simenon.
He grew up in the village of Saint-Fiacre in the Allier Department, where his father Evariste Maigret was the bailiff for the local landowner.
His investigative style is methodical. He smokes a pipe and is known to be pragmatic in his decision-making.
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