At the crack of dawn, on a raw morning, Chief Inspector Maigret finds himself in the church of Saint-Flacre, the village where he was born and raised. Two weeks before, a note had warned the police that at the first Mass on All Souls' Day a crime would be committed. Maigret attends the service, feeling foolish among the small group of nodding worshipers. The Countess de Saint-Fiacre arrives, a worn woman in her sixties. Maigret remembers when she was young and beautiful. And then, almost under his nose, after the last Gospel is read, she rolls from her pew to the floor, clutching her prayer book. Dead. Everyone is suspect: Metayer, the countess's secretary; Gautier, the steward of the estate; Count de Sain-Fiacre, her son; and even the priest, the lawyer, and the doctor. This is a masterful tale of aristocrats fallen on hard times and of a profligate son who in the final hour finds unexpected strength of character.
This paperback book is in very good condition with light spine rubbing and minor corner wear. No marks or creases.