|Plot Summary of The Old Lady of Bayeux |
While in Caen reorganizing the Flying Squad Maigret is visited by Cécile Ledru, 28, who said her "aunt", Joséphine Crozier of Bayeux, had died at her nephew's house, Philippe Deligeard of Caen, supposedly of a heart attack. The old woman, Joséphine Crozier, had actually taken Cécile as her companion after having her educated. The young woman said her aunt had said if she ever died in her nephew's house there should be an investigation. Philippe Deligeard maintains there's been no crime at all, but Maigret starts to notice discrepancies. The young doctor called in had never seen Joséphine Crozier before, and insisted the time of death was around 4:20, at which time she would still have been at her dentist's. Furthermore, she was in the Regency room, in yellow, rather than Joséphine's blue Louis XIV room, and she was in bed, with no sign of her clothes. Maigret figures out that Philippe Deligeard's old nurse Caroline had died, been quickly brought to the house to be examined by the doctors after Philippe and his wife had killed his aunt for her money in the next room. A post-mortem medical investigation revealed this to be the case.
This synopsis report prepared by Dana Samson
|Chapter Analysis of The Old Lady of Bayeux |
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 40%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
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)
- Super genius
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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