This was an interesting book in which Maigret took on a case which required him to resolve (virtually singlehandedly) the mystery surrounding the murder of a sea captain freshly returned from a 3-month cod-fishing voyage to the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. Maigret first got wind of the murder from an old friend who suggested that he come to Fécamp, the coastal town where the murder took place. Thus, instead of taking his usual holiday with Mme. Maigret to her ancestral home in Alsace, Maigret and his wife opt for a stay in a small hotel by the ocean. No sooner than Maigret gets settled in Fécamp then he visits the ship of the dead captain (now in port) and the nearby local bar, which is the haunt for many a seaman with time on his hands and money to spend. He soon finds that sailors are a surly band of brothers, little inclined to talk to outsiders, and deeply mistrustful of the police. Notwithstanding that, Maigret goes about doggedly uncovering the clues to the crime.
"The Sailors' Rendezvous" is a murky tale and, I confess, that while several suspects came to mind as I read this book, by the time I got to the denouement, I cannot say with certainty who killed Captain Fallut. This is a book for the reader who loves to read an enigmatic and engaging mystery and try, as he or she may, to solve the crime.