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Les Larmes de bougie (ss)

October, 1936. Neuilly-sur-Seine / Boulevard Richard-Wallace

Paris-Soir-Dimanche, Nov. 22, 1936
Paris-Soir-Dimanche, Nov. 22, 1944
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 24, pp. 961-968 (8pp).

Journey Into Time (1956) tr. Lawrence G. Blochman
Journey Backward Into Time
Paris-Soir-Dimanche, Nov. 22, 1944
Death of a Woodlander (1977) tr. Jean Stewart

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Maigret of the Month: December, 2010


M is called to a tiny village lost in time, Vitry-aux-Loges, in the forest of Orléans. An old woman had been killed, Marguerite Potru, 62, stabbed to death. Her sister, Amélie Potru, 65, had numerous stab wounds, none serious. But since that time she'd refused to speak or leave her bed. Share certificates and valuable papers were found to be missing. The evidence, including especially fingerprints, suggested that Marguerite's son, Marcel Potru, a rough wood-cutter, was guilty, and he'd been arrested. But M had understood the case completely before he even arrived. Amélie had killed her sister, then stabbed herself. She'd hidden the papers in an empty wine cask, which M knew of from the drips of candle wax found nearby. It had been assumed that Marcel had gone in for a drink. M assumed she'd read somewhere of fingerprints, and that had given her the inspiration of how to get rid of the two people she hated most, her sister and her nephew. M lost little time in sawing open the empty cask, and revealing the "stolen" documents.

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Maigret of the Month: December, 2010
Maigret's Journeys in France


Names

Lacore, Marie Potru Potru, Amélie
Potru, Marcel Potru, Marguerite Yarko


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