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L'Amie de Mme Maigret

December, 1949. Carmel on the Sea (California)

Presses de la Cité, 1950
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 4, pp. 215-311 (97pp).

Madame Maigret's Own Case (1959) tr. Helen Sebba
Madame Maigret's Friend
The Friend of Madame Maigret

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Maigret of the Month: October, 2006


An anonymous note to the police reports that a body has been burnt in the furnace of the bookbinder, Frans Steuvels, on the Rue de Turenne. Preliminary investigations turn up suspicious details, and two human teeth are found in the furnace, of a man who'd been alive not long before. Steuvels is held in custody. Meanwhile Mme M has had a strange experience while waiting for her dentist appointment. A woman she had often met on the bench while waiting, with a young child, suddenly leaves the child in Mme M's care and disappears for over an hour, returning to take the child and disappearing without explanation.
By coincidence, it seems the two cases are related. A woman matching her description had been seen in Steuvels' wife Fernande Steuvels' hometown, and probably sent the telegram which lured her away the day of the alleged crime. M discovers that one of the men with the woman was Steuvels' brother, Alfred Moss, and Mme M discovers that the hat had been bought by the elderly Countess Panetti, who has also disappeared. The woman fits the description of her maid, Gloria Lotti. M finds the house where Moss had been living, and realized that Moss had seen a magazine with Mme M's picture in it on the day everyone disappeared. Moss had gotten his brother involved in a passport forging scheme, and they'd met every week when Fernande was doing the laundry. Countess Panetti had been murdered for her jewels, and the man in the furnace had been her ex-son-in-law, Krynker, killed by the gang's boss, known as Schwartz, at Steuvels' house.

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Maigret of the Month: October, 2006


Names

Alfonsi Béguin Benoît
Bizard, Antoine Bousquet Caroline Reboux
Clémence Dossin, Gabriel Emma
Ernest Floresco Grossot
Grossot, Hélène Grossot, Olga Hébart
Hobart Hubart Janvier
Jef Joe Krynker
Lamballe Lapinsky Lapointe
Lapointe, Germaine Levine Liotard, Philippe
Lotti, Gloria Louise Lucas
M Martin Mme M
Moers Moss, Alfred Mosselaer
Panetti, Bella Panetti, Countess Paterson
Paul, Dr Peeters, Jean Peskine, Georges
Rancé Roblin Salazar
Sarkistian Schwartz Smith
Steuvels, Fernande Steuvels, Frans Thomas, Joseph
Torrence Van Vlanderen


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