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Maigret s'amuse

September, 1956. "Golden Gate". Mougins

Presses de la Cité, 1957
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 8, pp. 715-809 (95pp).

Maigret's Little Joke (1957) tr. Richard Brain
None of Maigret's Business

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Maigret of the Month: March, 2008


Dr Pardon has convinced M he needs a vacation, but when their plans go awry M decided to spend his two weeks off in Paris, enjoying himself with Mme M and totally avoiding the Quai des Orfèvres, where he had left Les Sables-d'Olonne as his forwarding address. An interesting case has come up, with Janvier in charge, and M follows through the newspapers. The nude body of a doctor's wife, Éveline Jave, was found in a cupboard in his office. Both were supposed to have been on the Côte d'Azur, the practice cared for by young Dr. Gilbert Négrel. But Philippe Jave had secretly come to Paris that day, and in fact he had a girlfriend, Antoinette Chauvet, the young daughter of one of his maids, Josépha Chauvet.
Then it is revealed that Gilbert Négrel had apparently been having an affair with Jave's wife, although he had a fiancée, Martine Chapuis, whose father, Noël Chapuis, the barrister, took over Négrel's defense.Chapuis went down to Concarneau, where Éveline was from, and discovered that her past included a history of affairs. M keeps his promise to avoid the Quai, but occasionally sends an anonymous note to Janvier, or makes an anonymous call to a reporter. In the end, his realization of Philippe Jave's awareness of his wife's secret trip to Paris provides him the clue, and he transmits it again to Janvier, who wraps up the case. Jave had been in the house when his wife arranged to meet Négrel, who had kept his office hours, but gone home early after the confrontation with her. Jave had killed her with an injection, then stripped her to make it seem she'd met her lover.

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Maigret of the Month: March, 2008


Names

Bodard Bonfils Brisson
Chapuis, Martine Chapuis, Noël Charles
Chauvet, Antoinette Chauvet, Josépha Coméliau
Deberlin Dubois Ernest
Gianini Janvier Jave, Éveline
Jave, Michèle Jave, Philippe Joseph, Old
Jules Jusserand, Claire Lapointe
Lassagne Lebier Le Guérec
Le Guérec, Éveline Le Guérec, Michèle Le Guérec, Yves
Lemaire, Alain Loireau Lucas
Maria Mérou Mme M
Moers Négrel, Gilbert Neveu
Pardon, Dr Paul, Dr Santoni
Torrence


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