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Third girl: a Hercule Poirot murder mystery (original 1966; edition 1968)

by Agatha Christie

Series: Ariadne Oliver (6), Hercule Poirot (34)

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Three single girls share a London flat. The first works as a secretary; the second is an artist; the third, who comes to Poirot for help, disappears believing she is a murderer. There are rumors of revolvers, flick-knives, and blood stains. But, without hard evidence, it will take all Poirot's tenacity to establish whether the third girl is guilty, innocent or insane.… (more)
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Title:Third girl: a Hercule Poirot murder mystery
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:New York [etc.], Pocket books, 1968
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Third Girl by Agatha Christie (1966)

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To be honest, after reading 20 or so, I sniffed out the potential solution before Poirot did. Maybe I'm getting better or Christie was getting older.
However, I still enjoyed it. And I must admit that I guffawed (no other word for it) for the whole first chapter regarding the peacock. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
  Sholee | Sep 9, 2021 |
Hate being so mean but apart from slight comic moments between Mrs Oliver and M Poirot which I was seeing in my mind's eye the superb David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker acting out it was dull and unbelievable almost from first to last.
Maybe it would have made a good short story ,but most of this book just wonders and ponders on very little,over and over again...
The ending was at least full of action but didn't seem particularly exciting or realistic either.... ( )
  SarahKDunsbee | Aug 2, 2021 |
When Poirot is visited by a young girl who says she thinks she may have committed a murder, his interest is peaked. How can someone not know that she has killed another person? There have been no reported recent deaths. Poirot believes that there is more to the case than meets the eye. Is the Third Girl the perpetrator or the victim of a diabolical crime?

Norma Restarick is a quiet girl, prone to unpredictable behaviour. Abandoned by her father, she was raised by a bitter mother. On her father’s return from overseas he brings with him a new wife, one whom Norma hates. There are rumours that Norma tried to poison her step-mother which is why she was shipped off to live in London, the third girl in a flat share. She has blackouts, and finds things like bloodied knives in her drawer which then disappear. She not sure what she may or may not have done and doesn’t appreciate Poirot’s interference.

According to those in the know this is a rare later novel which features Poirot from the outset. It is true that he is there from the opening pages until the end but he is helped in his investigation by Ariadne Oliver, the enthusiastic crime novelist.

The more Poirot delves into the history of Norma, and her current situation, the more he finds that appears to be unexplainable. The reveal, when it comes is fiendishly clever, showing the depths humans will go to in order to protect themselves and to get their own way. There are hints that things are not quite right throughout. Norma isn’t particularly likeable, her boyfriend David is annoying and her flatmates seem to care very little for her. Poirot knows that the puzzle doesn’t quite fit together and has to work to make the full picture appear.

This is one of the later adventures of Poirot, set in the 1960s when his star is on the wane and the social and political landscape has changed.

Can someone be guilty of murder if there are no bodies, no crime scenes, no witnesses? Can the mere suggestion that you may have killed someone be enough to convince you that you did? These are the questions Poirot must answer to work out what is happening to or has happened because of Norma Restarick.

A fun outing with the egg shaped man with the little grey cells. ( )
  JanetEmson | Mar 31, 2021 |
Feb. 2021 reread:
While the basis of the plot was ingenious, Christie's comments about life in the mid-1960s England felt dated and, to be frank, somewhat of the disgruntled elder who disliked the culture & attitudes of the youth of the time. But on the plus side, I always enjoy when Ariadne Oliver is a major character. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 24, 2021 |
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Agatha Christieprimary authorall editionscalculated
Fraser, HughNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janus, EddaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laurel, FaithCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Three single girls share a London flat. The first works as a secretary; the second is an artist; the third, who comes to Poirot for help, disappears believing she is a murderer. There are rumors of revolvers, flick-knives, and blood stains. But, without hard evidence, it will take all Poirot's tenacity to establish whether the third girl is guilty, innocent or insane.

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