Maigret Takes a Room Book Summary and Study Guide

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Janvier is shot in the chest while keeping watch outside Miss Clément's boarding house waiting for the return of Emile Paulus, a young man who lived there, suspected of having robbed a bar. Maigret, his wife in Alsace caring for her sister, moves in the the house. He discovers Paulus hiding under Miss Clement's bed, but he appears to be unconnected to the shooting. A boarder, Miss Blanche Dubut, mentions to Maigret the occasional strange condition of the blinds in the house opposite, where Mrs. Francoise Boursicault, the invalid wife of a ship's purser lives, and Maigret goes to interview her. He realizes that the person who shot Janvier was apparently someone who came to visit her from time to time, and forces the issue, eventually discovering that Julien Foucrier, her lover from long ago, who had fled France twenty years earlier to escape apprehension for a robbery-murder he had committed, had returned to France, and was her visitor. He had shot Janvier to flee the apartment before the return of her husband, wrongly assuming that the watch in the street was for him. He turns himself in after Maigret agrees to keep the woman's connection to the affair a secret.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's 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 Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   French Unusual characteristics:    -   Super genius


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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