|Plot Summary of The Mysterious Affair in the Boulevard Beaumarchais|
|"One day, commissar Maigret is called to investigate a pretty strange death. Louise Voivin was found poisoned in her apartment in the Boulevard Beaumarchais, with a dose of digitalis. Maigret interrogates Ferdinand Voivin the husband of the victim who is 37 years old and a gem dealer and Nicole Lamure, 18 years old the sister of the deceased, who has been living with them. The poison was found in the house in a packet marked “bicarbonate of soda”. Both Nicole and Ferdinand deny having killed Louise, even if they admit that they are lovers. The commissar also finds out that Louise discovered their affair 6 month ago and, since then, the three of them have been living together in a strange way: the deceased only communicated with her sister by written notes, Ferdinand slept on the couch and Louise used to spy everything they did. Also, Maigret discovers that Ferdinand was the one who bought the digitalis during a trip to Netherlands. When he thinks that he finally has the criminal, the situation takes a strange turnover as it is revealed that Ferdinand was very stressed with the situation in his life, being caught between two women who were sisters and that he was thinking of killing himself. If he didn't do it, then, what happened? Did the sister commit murder, did the deluded woman committed suicide or the death was just an unhappy accident?"
Dana Samson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Mysterious Affair in the Boulevard Beaumarchais|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- nearly 100%
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, Foreign
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Genius (really!)
- healthy but a geeky weakling
- small businessman
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a substantial amount
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Part of a series?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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