The naked body of a doctor's wife is found in a cupboard in his office, and her lover is a prime suspect. Maigret is on holiday with his wife, but keeps abreast of the investigation and steers it in the right direction.
Maigret is alerted to the arrival of Peter the Lett, a man with a reputation as the most successful confidence man in Europe. Maigret sees him arrive at Paris Gare du Nord, but the body of a man matching his description is discovered in the train he travelled on.
A woman is found strangled in the stable at Lock 14 at Dizy. She is identified as the wife of a Briton who is yachting in the area, but forensic evidence points to the involvement of an old carter who works on the canal.
Maigret, following up on a tip-off about a corpse found in a judge's house, finds the judge dragging the corpse out to dump in the sea. The judge's son tries to throw suspicion on his sister's lover, who has disappeared.
Mlle Cécile Pardon, who has a crush on Maigret, reports that someone is visiting her house at night and rearranging the furniture. When Maigret finally visits her, he finds that she and her aunt have been strangled.
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