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The Mysterious Affair in the Boulevard Beaumarchais Book Review Summary

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One day, commissar Maigret is called to investigate a pretty strange death. Louise Voivin was found poisoned in her apartment in the Boulevard Beaumarchais, with a dose of digitalis. Maigret interrogates Ferdinand Voivin the husband of the victim who is 37 years old and a gem dealer and Nicole Lamure, 18 years old the sister of the deceased, who has been living with them. The poison was found in the house in a packet marked “bicarbonate of soda”. Both Nicole and Ferdinand deny having killed Louise, even if they admit that they are lovers. The commissar also finds out that Louise discovered their affair 6 month ago and, since then, the three of them have been living together in a strange way: the deceased only communicated with her sister by written notes, Ferdinand slept on the couch and Louise used to spy everything they did. Also, Maigret discovers that Ferdinand was the one who bought the digitalis during a trip to Netherlands. When he thinks that he finally has the criminal, the situation takes a strange turnover as it is revealed that Ferdinand was very stressed with the situation in his life, being caught between two women who were sisters and that he was thinking of killing himself. If he didn't do it, then, what happened? Did the sister commit murder, did the deluded woman committed suicide or the death was just an unhappy accident?
This report prepared by Dana Samson








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Plot & Themes

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    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   lover 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

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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