'When he got to his door, he was surprised t to hear any ise in the kitchen and t to smell any food. He went in, crossed the dining room, where the table had t been laid, and at last saw Madame Maigret, in her slip, busy taking off her stockings. This was so unlike her that he could find thing to say, and when she saw him standing there wide-eyed, she burst out laughing.' Inspector Maigret's wife turns sleuth after a strange encounter in a Paris square leads her on the trail of a woman in a white hat, and towards a grisly tale of deception and greed.
Georges Simenon was born in Lioge, Belgium, in 1903. He is best know in Britain as the author of the Maigret novels and his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.