not as good as the other maigret mysteries i've read. it certainly kept me in the dark. i had no idea how the plot would be resolved at all, and when the culprit(s)was/were revealed, it was also apparent that i would never have figured it out. still, as much as i enjoy that in a book normally, the getting there wasn't really all that fascinating in this one. still, i learn something from simenon in every book i read by him, so there's that.