The Carter of La Providence

The Carter of La Providence

Book - 2014
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What was the woman doing here? In a stable, wearing pearl earrings, her stylish bracelet and white buckskin shoes! She must have been alive when she got there because the crime had been committed after ten in the evening. But how? And why? And no one had heard a thing! She had not screamed. The two carters had not woken up. Maigret is standing in the pouring rain by a canal. A well-dressed woman, Mary Lampson, has been found strangled in a stable nearby. Why did her glamorous, hedonistic life come to such a brutal end here? Surely her taciturn husband Sir Walter knows - or maybe the answers lie with the crew of the barge La Providence.
Publisher: London, Penguin Books,, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9780141393469
Characteristics: 151 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Coward, David - Translator


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" Maigret turned away with a vague wave of his hand then walked to his bicycle, while the colonel, as inscrutable as ever; engaged the motor and nodded to him as he passed through the lock./ The inspector remained where he was for awhile, watching the yacht leave, thinking, puzzled by the astonishing ease and speed with which things happened on board the SOUTHERN CROSS./ The yacht went on its way without paying any attention to him. The most that happened was that the colonel, from the wheel, asked the Russian the occasional question. The Russian returned short answers." " He had emptied his glass while still standing, a sip at a time, and hesitated about whether he'd pour himself another." "A policeman in uniform was standing on the canal bank. From the barge Maigret called: ' What is it?' ' We've had the reply from Moulins.' He handed over an envelope with a brief note which said: ' Marie Dupin, wife of the baker, has confirmed that she had a distant cousin at Etampes named Celine Mornet.' Maigret stared hard at the colonel, sizing him up. He was wearing his white yachting cap with the large crest. His eyes were just beginning to acquire the faintest blue-green tinge, which doubtless meant that he had consumed a relatively small quantity of whisky." " ' In long stretches of the canal, ten or fifteen kilometres, that would be true. But this particular stretch doesn't even go five. If a boat passes through Lock 13, which is the one above mine, I smell water that's released arrive here a few minutes later. And if I put a boat going downstream through my lock, I take a lot of water out of the canal, and that creates a short-lived current.' 'What time do you start work?' 'Officially at dawn but actually a lot earlier. The horse-drawn boats, which move pretty slowly, set off at about three in the morning. More often than not, they put themselves through the lock without me hearing a thing...Nobody says anything because we know them all....' 'So this morning?' ' The FREDERIC, which spent the night here, must have left around half past three and went through the Lock at five.' "

Jan 18, 2019

Was " Lock No. 14" rewritten from this one?

Jul 26, 2016

I liked this mystery but enjoyed the setting, canal life in France during the thirties.

May 31, 2014

Belgian writer Georges Simenon wrote over 100 novels and stories starring the detective Maigret. And this is one of them.

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