By Georges Simenon (1903-89).
Translated from the French ("Le Témoignage de l’Enfant de Chœur," in Maigret et l’Inspecteur Malgracieux, 1947; translator unknown).
First appearance in English: Suspense Magazine, Summer 1951.
Novelette (18 pages).
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
"But what became of the body?"
An excellent question under the circumstances; but, equally problematic are the witnesses, who, for reasons of their own, are, to a greater or lesser degree, all unreliable.
"I don't want to go there any more. I'm scared."
"Chief, you don't believe a good spanking would lead to a solution?"
~ The judge:
"And you, if I'm not mistaken, are the famous Inspector Maigret, whom the authorities have deigned to send to our city to overhaul the Mobile Squad . . ."
~ Inspector Jules Maigret:
"I have a feeling I'm going to solve it in just a few minutes, if I don't lose my
train of thought . . ."
~ Madame Maigret:
"I knew you'd find a good excuse."
- According to FictionMags, Suspense Magazine was "a second attempt to cash in on the popular CBS radio mystery show of the same name, this version also ran for only four issues but included a wider range of material including a lot of science fiction."
HERE and HERE), Steve Trussel's huge Maigret website (homepage
HERE and WARNING! SPOILERS! story page HERE), and Books and Writers (HERE).
FictionMags lists his other series characters: Joseph Leborgne (1929 and 1932), Dr. Jean Dollent (1943 and 1947), G.7 (1932 and 1947), and Monsieur Froget (4 stories in EQMM: 1942, 1944, 1946, 1948).