|Plot Summary of Maigret Takes the Waters |
Dr. Pardon has suggested a vacation in Vichy, where Maigret can take the waters. At 53 he's in good shape, but in need of a break. Maigret and Mrs. Maigret quickly adjust to the Vichy routine, and start to recognize some of the others on their daily walks. Then the news breaks that one of the women they'd often noticed, Hélène Lange, has been strangled, not far from their hotel. Inspector Désiré Lecoeur, of Clermont-Ferrand, who had once been one of Maigret's men, is in charge of the case, but Maigret begins to "consult". Hélène's sister, Francine Lange, arrives for the funeral, and claims she'd hardly ever had contact with her sister, who led a solitary life.
But each month Hélène had deposited 5,000 francs or more in the bank, after returning from various short trips, almost always to different small cities. Lecoeur and Maigret discover, after Francine has abruptly left Vichy when she received a phone call at her hotel, apparently from the killer, that her connection with her sister had been deeper. Finally the man is found, and the story becomes clear. He had been Hélène's lover years before, and she had told him that she'd had his son. Actually, it was Francine's baby, soon after given up for adoption, and drowned in a pond accident before he reached 3. Hélène had been taking money from Louis Pélardeau all those years, leading him to believe it was his son he was supporting, and that he was alive and well.
This synopsis report prepared by Dana Samson
|Chapter Analysis of Maigret Takes the Waters |
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?
- Difficult, but some clues given
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
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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