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Maigret à l'école

December, 1953. Lakeville (Connecticut) "Shadow Rock Farm"

Presses de la Cité, 1954
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 7, pp. 225-323 (99pp).

Maigret Goes to School (1957) tr. Daphne Woodward

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Maigret of the Month: September, 2007


Joseph Gastin, a school-master from Saint-André-sur-Mer, near La Rochelle, has been waiting for M. The ex-postmistress of his little town, Léonie Birard, had been killed, shot in the eye with a .22 from some distance, as she looked out the window of her house. Gastin, regarded as an outsider in the village, is sure that he is regarded as the prime suspect. M calls Lieutenant Daniélou and tells him he'll bring Gastin back, and learns from him of new evidence: one of the boys in Gastin's class, Marcel Sellier, has testified that he'd seen the teacher coming from the tool shed at the time the murder took place, and there was a .22 in the shed, belonging to Jean-Paul Gastin, his son. Gastin denied having gone to the shed. Arriving in Saint-André, M checks into the inn, the Bon Coin, where he is surprised to discover that the maid/cook, Thérèse, is a woman he'd once met in his office in Paris.
Gastin is brought to the jail in La Rochelle. M gets the feel of the town, and interviews the boy, Sellier, the son of the local policeman, who sticks to his story. No one is helpful, but on the day of Léonie's funeral, M finally gets a chance for a private talk with Jean-Paul, who tells him that Marcel had lied, that he'd been at the other window, and therefore couldn't have seen anyone coming out of the toolshed. Besides, he'd seen his father go to the house for coffee, and come back. Realizing that Marcel is protecting someone, M goes to the house of Joseph Rateau, son of the butcher, Marcellin Rateau. He'd been laid up with a broken leg, and his window was visible from both the school window and Léonie 's. M gets him to confess that it was his father who'd shot her, with an unlucky shot. She'd been hated by everyone in town, and had taunted them all.

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Maigret of the Month: September, 2007


Names

Birard, Léonie Boncoeur Boncoeur, Louise
Bresselles, Armande Bresselles, Xavier Chevassou, Charles
Cornu Cornu, Augustin Cornu, Évariste
Cornu, Ferdinand Coumar, Théo Daniélou
Dubard Firmin Gastin, Germaine
Gastin, Jean-Paul Gastin, Joseph Gillet
Jules Jusseau, Hervé Lucas
Lucille Marchandon Marchandon, Célestin
Marchandon, Jules Mme M Paumelle, Louis
Piedboeuf Priollet Rateau
Rateau, Joseph Rateau, Marcellin Raymond, Albert
Sellier, Julien Sellier, Marcel Smelker, Maria
Tatin Thérèse Thévenard
Victor


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