Chief Inspector Maigret is on special assignment in the Côte d'Azur. He is met at the train station in Antibes by a young inspector by the name of Boutigues. Boutigues, knowing of Maigret's reputation, tries to ingratiate himself with the veteran policemen of the Paris Police Judiciare. Maigret shows little interest in the younger man as they ride an ancient fiacre to a house some distance away. It's a residence owned by an Australian. An Australian who had lived in the area for the past decade with 2 women and was found dead from a stab wound in the back. Maigret sets himself to investigating the murder. As he goes about uncovering the clues and questioning people who were associated with the Australian (who, it turns out, lived a somewhat schizophrenic existence), Maigret becomes caught up in the festive and somnolent atmosphere of the Côte d'Azur - "... A land fulfilling every promise: mimosa, sunshine, palms and parasol pines, tearooms, tennis, golf, and American bars..."
This is a book that will appeal to the senses and to any mystery book lover who enjoys a captivating story which is leisurely laid-out and whose denouement brings together all the pieces of the puzzle.