Maigret and the Old Lady (Inspector Maigret)

Maigret takes a case from a full of life previous 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 kinfolk and a cavalcade of suspects. As he delves into the case, Maigret needs to resolve a tangled net of relations politics—and confront Valentine’s stepsons, who should be harboring darkish secrets and techniques in their personal.

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That’s one other of my husband’s handkerchiefs I’ve taken. ’ “I don’t understand why, however it wasn’t until eventually that night that I remembered the embroidered preliminary on it, an H. Arlette had simply left. I had given her a boost to the station in my motor vehicle, and had watched her purchase her price ticket on the booking-office. “It’s silly, i do know. simply as i used to be getting again into my motor vehicle, it struck me that she had now not include a go back price ticket. I went again into the most corridor of the station. I puzzled the guy on the barrier. “ ‘That woman arrived on Sunday at the 10 a. m. teach, didn’t she? ’ “ ‘Which woman? ’ “ ‘The one I simply observed off. ’ “ ‘Madame Arlette? No, sir. ’ “ ‘She didn’t come down on Sunday? ’ “ ‘She could have come on Sunday, yet no longer via educate. i used to be accumulating the tickets, I must have well-known her. ’ ” Castaing checked out Maigret with a few uncertainty. “Are you listening? ” “Oh definite, in fact. ” “Perhaps you're thinking that those info are a waste of time? ” “Of path now not. i need to get used to it. ” “To what? ” “To every thing, the station, Valentine, Arlette, the price ticket collector, the Trochus. the day prior to this I knew not anything approximately all this. ” “When I lower back to l. a. Bicoque, I requested the previous woman her son-in-law’s identify. He’s referred to as Julien Sudre, and neither identify starts with an H. Her step-sons are referred to as Théo and Charles Besson. There’s in simple terms the gardener, who works for her 3 days every week, who’s known as Honoré; yet within the first position, he wasn’t there on Sunday, and secondly, i discovered out that he in simple terms makes use of massive pink floral handkerchiefs. “Not figuring out which was once how one can take on the case, i started to question the folk within the city, and that’s how I learnt, due to the newsagent, that Arlette, rather than coming by means of educate, had arrived by way of highway, in a eco-friendly activities automobile. “That bit was once effortless. the landlord of the golf green motor vehicle booked a room for Sunday evening on the resort the place I’ve recommended you want to remain. “He’s known as Hervé Peyrot, his registration shape says that he’s a wine service provider and lives in Paris at the Quai des Grands-Augustins. ” “Did he sleep out? ” “He stayed within the inn bar till it closed, almost immediately sooner than dead night, after which, rather than going as much as mattress, he left the lodge strolling, asserting he used to be going to take a look at the ocean. based on the night-porter he didn’t go back until eventually approximately half-past within the morning. I puzzled the valet who cleans the sneakers and he advised me that the soles of Peyrot’s sneakers have been stained with pink soil. “Tuesday morning I went again to los angeles Bicoque, and underneath the window of the room occupied by way of Arlette, i found a few footprints in a flower-bed. “What do you are making ofthat? ” “Nothing. ” “To cross directly to Théo Besson…” “Was he there too? ” “Not throughout the evening. you recognize, don’t you, that the 2 Besson sons are the kids of an previous marriage and that Valentine isn't their mom? I’ve famous down the complete genealogy, and for those who like…” “Not now, I’m hungry. ” “Briefly, then, Théo Besson, who's forty-eight and a bachelor, has been holidaying in Étretat for the final weeks.

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