|Plot Summary of Maigret Has Scruples|
Xavier Marton, the head of the toy department at the Grands Magasins du Louvre, a model train specialist, visits Maigret to say that he thinks his wife wants to poison him, but leaves while Maigret is out of the room. Later in the day the man's wife, Gisèle Marton, also visits Maigret, to tell her side of the story, which is that her husband is having delusions. Marton comes the next day, and agrees to have another examination with a psychiatrist. But he warns Maigret that if she poisons him, he'll shoot her before he dies. Meanwhile, Maigret has had both of them investigated, and finds that Gisèle's sister, Jenny, is living with them, and that Marton is apparently enamored of her. Gisèle, on the other hand, is apparently the lover of her employer, Mr. Harris. Maigret has the house watched during the night, and by morning Marton is dead, accidentally poisoned by Jenny, when Gisèle switched her cup of tea with her husband's. He had poisoned his own, with enough to make him sick, but not to kill him. Jenny thought he hadn't the nerve, so she added the poison to kill her sister.
This synopsis report prepared by Dana Samson
|Chapter Analysis of Maigret Has Scruples|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very obvious
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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