More low-key, high-charm vintage (1944) Maigret--as the Inspector is asked by superior officer Brejon to investigate the supposed suicide of young Albert Retailleau in the village of Saint-Aubins, hometown of prosperous M. and Mme. Naud, Brejon's sister and brother-in-law. Ugly rumors have surfaced in the village suggesting a secret affair between the dead man and GeneviÃ¨ve, the Nauds' daughter; even murder has been whispered about. So Maigret becomes the Nauds houseguest, suffers the villagers' hostility, hears GeneviÃ¨ve's confession (she's pregnant), and tolerates the snobbery of his hosts and their chums. Even worse: Justin Cavre, an ex-policeman now private detecting, is also on the case. . . and always a step ahead of our hero. Maigret wins out, of course, and his resolution is swift and sensible--a neat puzzle even more neatly backed by Simenon's unadorned picture of an insular French village. TrÃ¨s gentil.