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The Maigrets have been living in retirement for nearly two years. One August day, Louise is shelling peas while her husband is picking beetles from the aubergines when an imperious, impertinent widow of an industrial tycoon arrives demanding Maigret drop everything and help her prove her granddaughter's death was not an accident.
Why, when he has refused the many cases brought to him, does he take this one?
When Maigret arrives on site, he discovers an old acquaintance from Moulins, and hardly one he fondly remembers....
The characters are excellent foils for one another, and there is a touch of farce and dark comedy in the story, although its essential truth is tragic and sad.
Louise Maigret always interests me. I find myself wondering what she does with all the food. It seems her husband often takes leave when a feast is in readiness. But as the redoubtable Alsacienne says to him here, "I'll never understand you."
Perhaps that's what keeps them together.
As ever, Gareth Armstrong brings the characters to life with extraordinary skill. Well worth listening to him every time!
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Would you try another book written by Georges Simenon or narrated by Gareth Armstrong?
I have, between me and my wife, purchased all of the Gareth Armstrong - Maigret books - but I do hope this is the only abridged version in the series. Can't imagine why the powers that be would make such a decision - lets hope it is the first and last of this format!!!!
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