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The murder of a writer brings Jean Poiret’s charming detective – introduced a year earlier in the director’s Poulet au vinaigre – to a seaside Breton town only to discover the dead man’s widow is a former girlfriend.

Claude Chabrol, backed by his erstwhile team of collaborators – composer son Matthieu, cinematographer Jean Rabier, editor Monique Fardoulis, and actors Bernadette Lafont and Jean-Claude Brialy – effortlessly milks the genre tropes for all they’re worth and delivers one of his lightest and most engaging films.