By Jane Haddam
Iciness is thawing, yet in a small-town convent there lurks an ice-cold killer
Her formative years pals sought after careers, yet Brigit Ann Reilly spent her early life watching for her wedding—her marriage ceremony to God. whilst she ultimately will get to don the behavior, her new order sends her to Maryville, the place a former sister is poised to develop into Rome’s first Irish-American saint. Brigit has no time to fret approximately Vatican politics. She’s approximately to develop into a martyr herself.
Brigit is located useless within the basement of her neighborhood library, her corpse swarming with ten toxic water moccasins. while ex-FBI investigator Gregor Demarkian hears of her loss of life, he's wondered by way of issues: Water moccasins usually are not local to upstate ny, and Brigit died of hemlock poisoning, no longer the snakes’ venom. As Maryville whips itself right into a pious frenzy looking for facts for its native land hero’s sainthood, Demarkian will try out his personal miracle via discovering justice for the murdered younger nun.
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The wind was rattling the blinds on the second floor. Maigret had eaten in the dining room, not far from the table where the doctor sat, looking despondent. Beyond the little green windowpanes, inquisitive faces moved, sometimes pressing up to the glass. The waitress was gone for a half hour, long enough to have her own dinner. Then she took up her customary place, to the right of the till, one elbow resting on it, a towel in her hand. “Give me a bottle of beer,” Maigret said. He was well aware that the doctor was watching him as he drank, and then afterward, as if waiting for signs of poisoning.
And there was the mud, which clung to every shoe, since paved streets were still unknown in Concarneau. ” Maigret suddenly asked Michoux. “Yes. ” asked a reporter who had nothing else to do. The doctor gave it to him, as the Superintendent shrugged and pulled Leroy off into a corner. ” “I just got it. It’s in my room… The handwriting is disguised. ” “No. The envelope was dropped in the newspaper’s box. ” sighed the inspector. “But about those fingerprints—I sent them off to the Quai des Orfèvres by wirephoto.
Maigret showed him the next entry: “Yves Le Pommeret: Prominent family. Brother Arthur runs biggest canning plant in Concarneau. Minor aristocracy. Yves the playboy of the family. Never worked. Long ago ran through most of his money in Paris. Came back to live in Concarneau when he was down to twenty thousand francs a year. Manages to come across as gentry even if he does polish his own shoes. Many affairs with working girls. A few scandals hushed up. Hunts at all the big estates in the neighborhood.