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Overall Rating: (4.41/5) View all reviews (total 17 reviews)

'First Class Christie' Sunday Telegraph 'Mesmerising ingenuity' Financial Times



by allitwantedbythunder

Whose work are we actually reading at this point? There were major differences in punctuation, word choices, and scene breaks between the original Collins and Dodd Mead editions of this novel. There were further differences between the Dodd Mead editions republished by Random House/Avenel and the Dodd Mead editions republished by Simon & Shuster/Pocket. There are further additions still in the recent Signet, Berkley, and Leventhal and Black editions. For every publishing house putting out her works, there seem to be a new batch of editors altering Agatha Christie's words and the sound of her voice. Here the publishers at Collins, dissatisfied with their own earlier efforts, put still more distance between author and public with a "New Ed" edition. What's the matter with these publishers? Whose voice do they think we want to hear when we sit down to a novel by Agatha Christie? And what will she sound like twenty years from now? It's frightening that her estate has failed to see the importance of guarding her words as she wrote them. Please tell me I'm not the only one here who senses that a crime has been committed.

Not as 'cozy' as her other books...

by Angela Reads

I have mixed feelings about this book. The plot was pretty complex and hard to figure out, and I was surprised by the ending, all of which I love. I enjoy most Christie novels because they are "cozy" mysteries. However, this one was not so cozy. Usually the people in her books act very differently from people today. They act like ladies and gentlemen, with old fashioned manners and style of dress, and are concerned about things like honor and reputation. This novel dealt with young people doing drugs, having affairs, and dressing in the grunge style, and there was a bit of espionage. So while it was entertaining, it was not much of an escape for me.

Christie Gives Us A Mystery Set In Modern London

by Antoinette Klein

This book, first published in 1966, gives us a very different look at London than the wonderful novels Christie wrote in the 40's did. Poirot amongst the swinging Bohemians? Well, it happens. Christie and Poirot both changed with the times and the result is interesting, although probably not her best work.The term "third girl" refers to a way of leasing flats, very similar to the term "roommates" in the US. One girl rents a flat, then advertises for a second and third girl to share accommodations and expenses.Ariadne Oliver once more assists Poirot in this tale of impersonation, drugs, smuggling, forgery, blackmail, and a young girl who can't remember committing a murder.This is a great commentary on English life in the sixties and, as always, excellent plotting and character development in the Christie tradition.

Third Girl--Three Stars

by avid reader

This novel, written in the 60s, is not, in my opinion, one of her best. The three stars, however, is a Christie rating. It is still better than a lot of modern mysteries out there. My main problem was the vagueness at the beginning of the book, which led to temporary confusion as to who the third girl actually was. The writer Ariadne Oliver is also a vague character (and annoying). Christie does a valiant job trying to reflect the Beatnik era and obviously did her homework on the drugs du jour. Still, the overall work lacks coherence. Like Poirot, I was well and truly stumped (much time is given to the detective's mental processes). When the ins and outs of the mystery were finally revealed, much of it seemed far-fetched. I much preferredSleeping Murder, a Miss Marple mystery, andThey Came to Baghdad.

Third Girl is the story of a young lady who is called "an unattractive Ophelia" in a great Hercule Poirot murder mystery novel

by C. M Mills "Michael Mills"

Third Girl is a late Agatha Christie murder mystery novel being published in 1966. It would make a fine introduction to Christie and Poirot for someone who has never perused one of Dame Agatha's many novels.The Plot: A young plain girl named Norma Restarick knocks on the door of Hercule Poirot's quarters one fine morning when the Belgian detective is enjoying a superb breakfast. Norma tells Poirot she believes she has murdered someone but cannot remember the heinous act. Norma lives with two other young women in a London flat.These women are named: Claudia Reece Hollland and Frances Carey. Claudia is a well organized person who works for Norma's father who is a wealthy businessman; Frances is a socialite who works at an art gallery and pals around with beatniks. Her boyfried is David Baker whose nickname is the "Peacock." He has a record of petty crime and dresses like a Regency buck. Norma's stepmother Mary was almost poisoned to death with weed killer. A middle-aged woman in the apartment flat where the three girls live jumps out of a window. Who pushed her out of the window?A young Doctor named Stillingfleet falls in love with Norma. He seeks to prove her innocent of murder. Poirot is ably assisted in this case by Ariadne Oliver a detective novelist who closely resembles Agatha Christie. The plot deals with drugs, forgery, false identity and murder. It is an intriguing case showing Agatha Christie could produce a top notch murder mystery into the 1960s.I picked up this novel feeling blue one Saturday morning and read it in one day. It cheered me up as I marveled at the ability of Christie to tell a great story featuring two of my favorite of her characters: Poirot and Olvier. Marvelous fun!

Hercule Poirot & Ariadne Oliver team up again in this satisfying mystery set in 1960s London

by C. Quinn

I've been a Christie fan since 8th grade and have read them all so many times that I always remember whodunit. Nevertheless, I find them a relaxing and enjoyable read when I'm taking a break from more weighty fiction.This book features two of my favorites- Hercules Poirot and Ariadne Oliver. When a young girl comes to see Poirot and confesses she might have committed a murder before running out claiming he was too old to help her, Poirot is on the case. As he tracks down the identity of the girl and searches for a death that might fit the bill, Mrs. Oliver add bits and pieces of important information that help him solve the case. The final solution is one I never saw coming (the first time I read the book at least)- a very satisfying mystery indeed!

Poirot's Thought Processes

by C. Schaub "Charlie"

Most readers agree that "Third Girl" is not one of Agatha Christie's best. Nevertheless, it is well worth reading.The plot is clever (but with significant flaws); the characters good; the writing starts out excellent -- sharp and with Miss Christie's light-hearted, often self-depreciating humor -- but about a quarter of the way through the book it gets wordy and what humor remains seems strained.In other Hercule Poirot books, we do not get a glimpse of his thought processes until he explains everything in the last chapter. Here we get the opportunity to see him struggling, almost dispirited, as he tries to make sense of all the information he has received. I admire Miss Christie for her willingness to experiment, but I think the result was unfortunate.Don't concern yourself that "Third Girl" is not among the most memorable of the Hercule Poirot books. Just read and enjoy!

The thirtieth Hercule Poirot novel

by Geert Daelemans

Hercule Poirot has just completed his analysis of great writers of detective fiction when he is interrupted by Miss Restarick, an unimpressive lass of twenty or so with long straggly hair. The young girl starts by explaining that she might have killed someone, but before Poirot can ask more information, she says she's changed her mind and must leave. Before she closes the door, she adds "You are too old. Nobody told me you were so old... I'm really very sorry." Poirot is intrigued by the girl, and enlists Mrs. Oliver's help in investigating Miss Restarick. The detective duo soon discovers that not only is the girl nowhere to be found, but that no one seems to care that she is missing.In his thirtieth appearance in a novel, Hercule Poirot is claimed to be too old. But that is surely not what the reader will think of the author's wit and cleverness. At the age of seventy-five Agatha Christie still succeeds in composing a quite entertaining mystery. Admittedly The Third Girl is not one of her masterpieces, but it still has the basic ingredients of a good detective story. The things that have changed more dramatically, in comparison to the novels she wrote in the 30's, are the flamboyant characters that make up the story. It is clear that Agatha Christie does not totally agree with the way teenagers are beginning to behave in the sixties. All they seem interested in is "sniffing snow", "swallowing LSD" and "using hemp". Surely, this is an exaggeration in which Agatha Christie reveals slowly losing touch with modern age.Nevertheless Poirot is as absurd and as able as ever, which pulls this story out of the pool of mediocrity. And be warned: the book starts of with a vital clue, so try to avoid reading the denouement while blaming yourself: "I should have known it!"

A Treat for Fans of Mrs. Oliver

by Giant Panda

Mrs. Oliver, Agatha's parody of herself, joins Poirot in unraveling a murder where none seems to have happened. This is the most action I have seen of Mrs. Oliver. Mr. Goby has a brief appearance, too. Overall, it is an enjoyable read and exercise for the brain. It kept me guessing to the very end, though it is possible to reach the conclusion independently. There is a good amount of repetitiveness in the writing. I also wondered how did certain people get to know certain facts. E.g., Mrs. Oliver learns something. The next day, Poirot knows it, even though they haven't talked about it (to our knowledge). So it's not a perfect mystery, but fun to read nevertheless.

No, It's Not a Christie Classic, But Still Is An Enjoyable Read.

by Indiana Jeff Reynolds "Preacher Jeff"

Some have considered this the worst Agatha Christie mystery. I would not go anywhere near that far. I did enjoy this story. It has its moments, such as Poirot wanting there to have been a murder. The ending completely caught me by surprise, but as usual with Christie, I felt there were enough clues given so the reader felt he could have figured it out.I will admit -- I did find the Mrs. Oliver character a bit annoying. I also feel the romance at the end was a bit contrived. Thus, I can see why some people aren't thrilled with this book. So I would read some other reviews to help determine if this is the Christie book you need to read next.

A review of the DVD

by Israel Drazin

Poirot is grossly overweight in this film. This is not a factor in the plot and does not distract from it, but it may disconcert some viewers.A woman arrives in Poirot's office saying she wants to be "saved" and "may" have killed someone. She leaves in a huff declaring that Poirot is too old to help her. Both statements and her behavior are strange; they intrigue Poirot, and he decides to uncover what is bothering her.He discovers that his friend, a female crime novelist, calls her the third girl because she is the third female to join two others in renting an apartment. He also learns that an elderly woman was found dead in the apartment building. The police think that she committed suicide, but Poirot is convinced that she was murdered. The woman died of a knife wound. The third girl had found her mother when she was a child who had committed suicide on the girl's birthday. Her mother also died of a knife wound, and she inherited a large fortune. Her father, who had abandoned her and her mother, reappeared from Australia about two years ago. He insists that she is mentally disturbed. One of her roommates agrees.Viewers will want to discover the identity of the dead elderly woman. Who was she? Why was she killed or committed suicide? Did the third girl kill her as she believes? Is the death related in any way to her money? Is she really insane? How can Poirot solve the case?

If you are looking for your first Christie DON'T start here!

by Jeanne Tassotto

To say that this is not Dame Agatha's best is an understatement. If you are a Christie fan (particularly of Ariadne Oliver) you'll probably want to read this one, otherwise look elsewhere.The story opens as Poirot has just sent his book to the publishers a young woman arrives seeking his detective services but decides that he is "too old". Poirot manages to overcome his shock and elicits a few details from her before she leaves. Then Poirot goes to visit his friend author Ariadne Oliver for sympathy and information. The two sleuths then collaborate to solve the crime.In typical Christie fashion there are long hidden secrets that finally revealed, all are not as they seem, all clues are fairly laid out for the reader to follow and of course there is a surprise at the end. On the plus side of this otherwise mediocre novel Ariadne Oliver is delightful.

Agatha Christie at her best

by JLPAL "mrs. claus"

It is one of the best mysteries she's written. Even HP won't reveal what he's done to us until the very end.

Great mystery

by Kat

Norma Restarick sought out Poirot her help and confessedto murder before fleeing. With the help of Mrs. AradianeOliver, he seeks her out but she has disappeared. Canhe and Mrs. Oliver find her before it is too late?One of Dame Agatha's best.

Waterloo Sunset

by Kevin Killian

THIRD GIRL has an ending that always surprises me, andI must have read the book ten times or more, the plot if so complex I can only barely remember how it comes out. I feel the book is a greta evocation of Swinging London of the 1960s and that it should have been filmed back then, maybe with the following cast, Rita Tushingham as poor Norma Restarick; Tom Courtenay as Dr. Stillingfleet, her psychiatrist who falls in love with her; Vanessa Redgrave could have played Frances Cary; Terence Stamp could have been David Baker, the "Peacock."I wonder if Christie ws thinking back to her own early vocal training when she gave NORMA and LOUISE their names, because of course they were famous French operas at the time Christie was studying in Paris. "Louise" was written by Charpentier, and that becomes her last name, a coincidence no one remarks about in the novel itself.It is a book in which Christie seems to be reviewing her own astonishing career. Mrs. Oliver suggests that she might write a book in which a child commits a murder: "Not meaning to, but just by her father telling her to give her mother a drink made of pounded up box hedge," thus neatly conflating the plots of two much earlier novels from the 1950s, CROOKED HOUSE and A POCKETFUL OF RYE. I thought also the glamorous fresco painted on the living room wall of the flat where the three girls live, a harlequin leaping into space, harked back to one of Christie's famous characters, Harley Quin from THE MYSTERIOUS MR. QUIN and may have provoked Christie to think further about Quin, because as we know she was soon to return to him after not having written about him for 30 years, in THE HARLEQUIN TEA SET.

An absolute must-have for Agatha Christie's many devotees

by Midwest Book Review

Third Girl: A Hercule Poirot Mystery is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of one of Agatha Christie's classic mystery novels. Three single girls are roommates in London; one is a secretary, one is an artist, and the third - who seeks help from Poirot - disappears, convinced that she is a murderer. Poirot finds and ocean of malign rumors, but uncovering hard evidence to determine whether the third girl is truthful, false, or deluded will take all his skill and determination. A gripping story of intrigue all the way through, skillfully narrated by Hugh Fraser (who played Captain Hastings, Poirot's assistant in the television adaptation of Poirot's mysteries broadcasted by A&E and PBS), Third Girl is an absolute must-have for Agatha Christie's many devotees. 6 CDs, 7 hours.

Excellent as usual

by Pipoy1704

easy to write reviews on Agatha's Poirot books... they are all excellent. This book is an early premise of the wave of psychologic thrillers with those people with apparent personality disorder. As somebody mentioned before, Agatha did it all in her time.

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