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Maigret et les vieillards

June, 1960. Noland (Switzerland)

Presses de la Cité, 1960
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 10, pp. 629-726 (98pp).

Maigret in Society (1962) tr. Robert Eglesfield

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Maigret of the Month: September, 2008


M is requested by the Director to handle the murder of an ex-Foreign Ministry official, Comte Armand de Saint-Hilaire, who had retired 12 years earlier, found shot in his study, by his housekeeper of 42 years, Jaquette Larrieu. His death coincides with the funeral of Prince Hubert de V--, of one of the great French familes. Prince Hubert's wife, Princess Isabelle de V--, had been a lifelong friend of Saint-Hilaire's — they'd intended to marry, but circumstances weren't apt, and she'd married Prince Hubert. They'd maintained a life-long correspondence, and everyone had known the romantic story that they intended to marry at the death of Prince Hubert. Saint-Hilaire had no enemies, and there was no sign of forced entry. All of the people connected were old and noteworthy.
After reading Isabelle's letters to Saint-Hilaire, and interviewing everyone concerned, M is at a loss. Just to dot all the i's, M has Moers administer a paraffin test to Jaquette, and to everyone's shock, it is positive. She refuses to say anything until she confers with a priest. Saint-Hilaire had committed suicide, and when she'd found the body she'd been afraid he wouldn't be able to receive the last blessing of the Church, and so she'd made it look like a murder. M learned from his "nephew", actually Isabelle's grandson, that he believed he had a terminal disease, and so killed himself from fear of subjecting Isabelle a life of caring for him as an invalid.

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Maigret of the Month: September, 2008


Names

Aubonnet Barraud Bonfils
Catherine Chézaud, Urbain de Cromières
Dupeu Fox, Richard Gastinne-Renette
Gauge Hesse Isi
Janvier Joseph, Old Lapointe
Larrieu, Jaquette Marchangy, Irène de Mazeron, Alain
Mazeron, Marcelle Mme M Moers
Ourgaud Pardon, Dr Pasquier
Passy Paul, Dr Saint-Fiacre, Comtesse de
Saint-Hilaire, Armand de S--, Duc de Torrence
Tudelle V--, Hubert de V--, Isabelle de
V--, Julien de V--, Philippe de


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