""This collection is a welcome addition to anyone's bookshelf...""
This collection of five short stories—three of which have never before been published in the UK - is a welcome addition to the oeuvre of one of the world's most popular novelists. Here Maigret encounters a mysterious death in a Cannes hotel, a love triangle in the Loire Valley, the Bagatelle murder in Paris, in which a man is followed constantly until the case is successfully resolved, a seemingly impossible murder in a country inn, and a wealthy businessman called Émile Grosbois who receives a death threat which contains the date and time of his murder.
Maigret is instructed by his superintendent to act as a bodyguard at Grosbois's home in Coudray, near Paris, before and on the day that the murder is supposedly to take place. What Maigret finds is a family in turmoil, ruled by Émile, who is a thoroughly unpleasant tyrant. The other family members are just as unpleasant, and Maigret despairs. If the murder is to take place, it will obviously be done by one of the family—but which one, and why? They all hated Grosbois, and would have benefitted, if not financially, from his death.