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Maigret takes a case from a full of life outdated widow whose maid has been poisoned. The thirty-third booklet within the new Penguin Maigret series.
 
The inexplicable homicide of the rich Valentine Besson’s maid leads the older girl to think that she herself used to be the meant objective. Inspector Maigret undertakes the research, assembly Mrs. Besson’s dysfunctional kinfolk and a cavalcade of suspects. As he delves into the case, Maigret needs to get to the bottom of a tangled internet of kin politics—and confront Valentine’s stepsons, who can be harboring darkish secrets and techniques in their personal.

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They have to have whatever which opens all of the doorways. ” This took your time. Maigret emptied his pipe at the carpet, simply subsequent to a wide earthenware pot which contained sand and cigarette ends. The porter got here alongside first, in a nasty mood. “Just as you love! you need to clarify to the chief the following day. Police or no police, it’s now not what I name manners. ” He selected a key from a number striking on the finish of a sequence, yet earlier than beginning he knocked discreetly, placing his ear to the door. finally they observed the room, which was once empty, and the mattress had now not been disturbed. Maigret opened a cabinet, observed a navy-blue swimsuit, a couple of black sneakers and a raincoat. Razor and tooth-brush have been within the toilet. “The gentleman’s entitled to head out if he desires to, isn’t he? ” “Do you recognize if his car’s within the storage? ” “That’s simply checked on. ” They went downstairs back. rather than going in the direction of the most front, they walked alongside a hall, down a few steps, and Maigret observed small door, which wasn’t locked, led at once into the storage. The doorways have been extensive open and one house was once empty. “That used to be his. ” bad Castaing gave the look of a schoolboy puzzling over what the punishment will be for his foolishness. “Where lets move? ” “Where’s your motor vehicle? ” “Opposite your inn. ” It used to be just a couple of yards away. simply as they have been entering into, the evening porter rushed out onto the stairs. “Monsieur Maigret! Monsieur Maigret! … Somebody’s simply telephoned for you. ” “Who? ” “I don’t comprehend. ” “A girl? ” “It was once a man’s voice. You’re requested to visit the outdated lady’s position instantaneously. He acknowledged you’d comprehend. ” It didn’t take a minute to get there. A motor vehicle used to be already parked outdoor the gate. “The doctor’s car,” Castaing stated. yet while they got here towards the home, they can pay attention no sound of voices. The rooms have been all lit up, together with these upstairs. Théo Besson, very calm, opened the door, and the chief-inspector checked out him in amazement. “Who’s been damage? ” His nostrils quivered. He famous the scent of burnt powder within the sitting-room. at the desk, the place the playing cards have been nonetheless unfolded, there has been an important army revolver. He went into the spare bed room, the place he may possibly listen humans relocating approximately, and nearly knocked over Valentine, her palms filled with bloodstained linen, who checked out him like a sleep-walker. at the mattress Arlette had slept in, a guy was once stretched out, the higher a part of his physique bare. He was once nonetheless donning his trousers and footwear. Dr. Jolly’s again, as he bent over him, used to be hiding his face from view, however the coarse weave of his blue trousers had already pointed out him to Maigret. “Dead? ” he requested. The health care professional all started, circled and stood erect, as though relieved. “I’ve performed what I could,” he sighed. there has been a hypodermic syringe at the bedside desk. The doctor’s bag used to be open at the flooring, every little thing falling out of it. there has been blood all over the place, and afterwards Maigret was once to discover a path of it within the living-room and outdoors, within the backyard. “When Valentine telephoned I moved quickly around right away, however it used to be already too past due.

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