Maigret takes a case from a full of life outdated widow whose maid has been poisoned.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 aim. Inspector Maigret undertakes the research, assembly Mrs. Besson’s dysfunctional relatives 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 could be harboring darkish secrets and techniques in their personal.

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My keys are at the desk in entrance of you. move upstairs and take a look. ” He stopped jogging, appeared her within the eye, wondered through this new challenge, and looked as if it would converse his concepts aloud. “Perhaps you took benefit of your journey to Paris to deposit them someplace? No! You wouldn’t have hidden them to this point away. You haven’t deposited them in a financial institution, the place they are often simply traced. ” She smiled at him, slyly. “Go and seek! ” “And I shall locate. ” “If you don’t locate them, not anything you’ve maintained will carry water. ” “We’ll go back to this in the end. ” He used to be sorry now that he had damaged the bottle of calvados, in a second of anger, as he might were blissful of a drink. “When I known as in to work out you previous this night, it was once no twist of fate that i discussed the connection among l. a. Rose and Théo Besson, and their assembly on Wednesday. I knew it will bring about a few response from you and that, for worry i'd query Théo and he may possibly speak, you are going to attempt to see him, possibly close him up for strong. i used to be puzzling over how you’d be able to meet him with no being obvious. I forgot concerning the cellphone. Or strictly conversing, I forgot approximately previous Mademoiselle Seuret residing so shut, and that you simply frequently name on her. ” He became without warning to Théo. “Do you recognize her? ” “I haven’t obvious her for a number of years. ” “She’s a cripple? ” “She used to be already half-deaf and half-blind in these days. ” “In that case, now we have each probability of discovering the jewels in her condo. ” “You’re simply placing bits jointly to attempt and make a case,” she stated furiously. “You speak and speak, telling your self that ultimately you’ll locate the suitable solution. i guess you're thinking that you’re being clever? ” “You telephoned to Théo from her condominium, and also you most likely needed to ring numerous numbers, because you eventually acquired directly to him in a bar. You informed him you desired to seek advice from him and he believed you. yet you had no goal of speaking to him. “You see, your crimes will not be simply the crimes of somebody residing on my own, however the crimes of an outdated girl. “You are a smart girl, Valentine! ” She puffed herself up, in the end, absolutely alive to the praise. “Your job was once to maintain Théo quiet, and whilst steer clear of drawing suspicion onto your self. there has been a method, which might most likely have labored, yet you have been loath to take it: that was once to supply to head halves with him. “Your experience of possession used to be too powerful for that. the idea of being parted from any of these recognized jewels, which don’t even aid hold you alive, to be able to by no means be of any use to you, was once so giant that you just most popular to kill for a moment time. “You requested Théo to return and spot you at the hours of darkness with no announcing whatever approximately it to anyone. “That’s what she requested you, wasn’t it, Monsieur Besson? ” “Do you're thinking that it right for me to answer that question? A gentleman…” “You rotter! Does a gentleman get a servant combined up in his kin affairs and inspire her to devote a robbery simply because it makes issues more uncomplicated? Does a gentleman ship somebody to be murdered in his position? “At middle, Monsieur Besson, you have been without delay fearful and victorious after the phone name from Valentine.

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