|Plot Summary of Maigret's Mistake |
Louise Filon is found shot in her apartment. She'd been known as Lulu when she'd been on the streets, but was now apparently being kept by someone. The cleaning woman, Désirée Brault, whom Maigret recognized from her many brushes with the law, said as little as possible. So did the concierge. Eventually Maigret learns of Lulu's boyfriend, a musician, Pierre Eyraud. He's gone into hiding, apparently on reading the news. Lulu had had a serious brain illness, but had gotten surgery and recovered, after which she'd moved to the Rue La Fayette, and then to her present apartment on the Avenue Carnot. The tenant above her, Étienne Gouin, is a famous brain surgeon, 62.
Maigret learns that Lulu had been pregnant, and through one of Pierrot's friends, convinces Pierrot to come in to talk. He lets him go, apparently innocent. Maigret interviews Gouin's wife, Germaine Gouin and sister-in-law, Antoinette Ollivier, and finally his assistant, Lucile Decaux. After that Gouin calls Maigret and asks why he doesn't interview him directly, so Maigret goes to his house with Lucas. Gouin says he's received a call from Désirée Brault, who claims to have found the gun and hidden it from the police. Maigret sends Lucas for it, while he remains with Gouin, whose testimony eventually makes it clear that it was his wife who killed Louise, apparently out of jealousy. Her sister, Antoinette, who was with her at the time and hated Gouin, waited outside the door.
This synopsis report prepared by Dana Samson
|Chapter Analysis of Maigret's Mistake |
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?
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- nearly 100%
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- "All in the family" murder
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, Foreign
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Super genius
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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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