A two-novelette book, and not mystery stories this time, but tales of accidents changing lives, creating havoc, temporarily and permanently. Talata is the story of a young Frenchman, who is raising coffee in Africa, and of his infatuation with Lady Makinson, woman of the world, whose plane crash brings her into his life. The core of the story is his fight against this madness, when his fiancee comes out from France to marry him. The Breton Sisters is a tale of a struggle for emotional independence, as Jules attempts, in vain, to live a life of his own, freed of his sister's intervention. An accident to a child almost gives him what he wants -- but eventually his sisters win out, this time forever. The usual lean Simenon manner, applied to psychological studies of precipitating agents in the accidents that make or mar human lives.