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Maigret takes a case from a full of life outdated widow whose maid has been poisoned.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 goal. Inspector Maigret undertakes the research, assembly Mrs. Besson’s dysfunctional relations and a cavalcade of suspects. As he delves into the case, Maigret needs to resolve a tangled net of family members politics—and confront Valentine’s stepsons, who can be harboring darkish secrets and techniques in their personal.

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After a silence, maybe guessing that Maigret used to be apprehensive, she gave a moderate dry snort. “Don’t be afraid, there won’t be any hassle! ” they'd come to the pinnacle of the cliff, and there has been a milky mass of fog among them and the ocean, which can be heard hammering opposed to the rocks. “We can flip correct to get down back. the trail is best and it brings us out nearly contrary l. a. Bicoque. Are you convinced you don't have any extra inquiries to question me? ” The moon should have risen at the back of the mist, which used to be now glowinsr faintly, and whilst Arlette stopped, he observed the white form of her face and the blood-red gash of her mouth. “Not on the moment,” he spoke back. Then, nonetheless status immobile in entrance of him, she extra, in a special voice, which was once disagreeable to listen to: “And… don’t you need to utilize me, just like the others? ” He nearly did what she had performed that very day to her mom, slapped her, for being a naughty woman. He in simple terms gripped her arm tightly together with his arms and compelled her to head on down the hill. “All I’ve simply been asserting was once intended for you, you recognize. ” “Be quiet! ” “You are tempted, aren’t you? ” He squeezed her arm tougher, brutally. “Are you certain you won’t remorse it afterwards? ” Her voice was once a notice larger, had develop into merciless and sarcastic. “Think rigorously, Inspector. ” He allow pass of her by surprise, crammed his pipe as he walked alongside, forgetting approximately her. He heard her cease back, then slowly flow on, and at last stroll quick all the way down to subscribe to him. At that second Maigret’s face used to be lit up via the glow of the fit he held above the bowl of his pipe. “Please forgive me. I behaved like an fool. ” “You did. ” “Are you very go with me? ” “Let’s now not speak from now on approximately it. ” “Do you actually imagine i wished to? ” “No. ” “What I did are looking to do, after being compelled to humiliate myself like that, used to be to harm you in flip, to humiliate you. ” “I understand. ” “I must have had my revenge, if I’d visible you mendacity on me like an animal. ” “Come on. ” “Admit that you simply imagine i attempted to kill my mom. ” “Not but. ” “You suggest you’re uncertain but? ” “I suggest without problems what the phrases suggest, that I don’t be aware of something. ” “When you're thinking that I’m to blame, will you inform me? ” “Probably. ” “You’ll inform me privately? ” “I promise you. ” “But I’m now not in charge. ” “I wish no longer. ” He had had adequate of the dialog, which had already long gone on too lengthy. Arlette’s patience used to be tense him. He suggestion she was once too desirous to examine and soiled herself. “Mother’s nonetheless up. ” “How have you learnt? ” “That little gentle you'll discover comes from her sitting-room. ” “What time is your teach day after today? ” “I’d wish to capture the only at 8 o’clock within the morning. that's if you happen to don’t maintain me the following. if so I’ll phone Julien and inform him mom wishes me. ” “Does he comprehend you hate your mom? ” “I don’t hate her. I don’t love her, and that’s all there's to it. am i able to seize the 8 o’clock teach? ” “Yes. ” “I shan’t see you back ahead of i'm going? ” “I nonetheless don’t be aware of in any respect. ” “Perhaps you’d prefer to ensure that Mother’s nonetheless alive prior to I go away?

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