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Third Girl (Hercule Poirot #35)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,869 Ratings  ·  413 Reviews
เมือสาวนอยคนทีสาม... ทีเขามาอยูในแฟลตชันทีสอง คือเงือนงำแหงปริศนา! ปัวโรตจึงตองเขาสืบสวนเพือคลีคลายปัญหา แตเรืองไมงายอยางทีคิด! ...more
Hardcover, Book Club, 224 pages
Published October 7th 2002 by Harper Collins (first published 1966)
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Tina I loved it. Set in the 60's was a change for Christie. Some reviews I read didn't like the angle of writing but I think the disapproval of the younger…moreI loved it. Set in the 60's was a change for Christie. Some reviews I read didn't like the angle of writing but I think the disapproval of the younger style of dress was correct as it was from an older point of view. It left me wanting to pick up more of her books.(less)

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mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are an apartment in London. It is the Swingin’ 60s, man, and everything is new and shiny and groovy and covered with flowers. Psychiatry: what a mind trip, it’s crazy! Drugs: they’re everywhere – and sometimes not so groovy! You have room for three girls, you spacious bohemian pad you... but three girls in swingin’ London can sometimes equal trouble: Murder Trouble! Whatever is a hepcat apartment to do? Time to bring in an old-school private detective and his square
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Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"Where there is murder, anything can happen."

Can you believe I have gone my whole life without reading an Agatha Christie novel?!?

I know, right?! Me either! ;)

So I picked this one up, along with a few others, at my local used bookstore on a whim and decided to give her a shot. I am really glad that I did, because this book was very enjoyable!

Hercule Poirot is a Belgium detective who is approached by a young girl who thinks she has committed a murder. Shortly after she disappears and Poirot must
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Sam
Aug 22, 2007 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Agatha Christie fans
Shelves: fiction
Well, as my first Agatha Christie book in about 20 years, i'm told this was a bad choice. Christie wrote it later in her life, and in a bid to maintain some relevance with the younger people, wrote in a lot of jargon about drugs and young people and their strange ways. The jargon and stereotypes didn't bother me so much - they were quaint and at times humorous, but forgivable in most circumstances. What was bothersome about the book was that it had some difficulty in getting started, and when it ...more
Ririn
For the first time ever, I got close enough to guess the mystery. Yeay!!

But it was a bit odd to see Poirot lost his confidence. It was his arrogance that was the main attraction for all this time.
O
Nov 13, 2015 O rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I admit I like the cover of this book. Some of the Christie covers by HarperCollins have been pretty great. Other than that, this was a pretty average mystery novel.

The character of Poirot has descended into even more pompousness if possible. After a young woman comes to Poirot saying that she has murdered someone, and runs away after realizing that he is old (yeah that happened) Poirot is aggrieved by the encounter. A chance phone call by Mrs. Oliver leads Poirot to figuring out who the my
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Menna Mohamed
Jun 12, 2015 Menna Mohamed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لا أدري كيف تستطيع روايات أجاثا كريستي أن تُبهرني بهذا القَدْر ؟
فكما العادة خلال رحلاتي مع رواياتها لا أكُفُ عن الانبهار بشدةِ ذكائها وقدرتها الرائعة على نسج الأحداث ، والتي تجعلك بكل سهولة غير قادرٍ على ترك الرواية إلا بعد إكمالها لمعرفة حقيقة اللغز ، وفي أغلب الأحيان لن تستطيع أن تحل اللغز حتى إذا دارت شكوكك حول جميع أبطال الرواية ،،
لن أُفاجأ فى رواية من الروايات أن تكون أجاثا كريستي نفسها هي القاتلة :D

فأجاثا تستطيع وبكل سهولة خلال حبكةٍ لا يستطيع غيرها تنفيذها أن تُقنعك بمرتكب الجريمة بالأدل
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Nishat
Apr 11, 2015 Nishat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, read-in-2015
'I may have committed a murder!’

Hercule Poirot is old, lazy & inactive in the ‘60s. He hardly runs after information and murderers nowadays. The fact that he is no longer well known as a detective to the young people, makes him sad! He’s bored, recently had read Magnum Opus, an analysis of detective fiction writers, and spoken bitterly of Edgar Allen Poe because of the lack of order and method! He does have nothing literally to do next. So when an unattractive girl comes to him for help on a
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Nancy Oakes
Hercule Poirot is now in his 35th adventure; after this one, he has only three more contemporary appearances -- in Hallow'een Party, Elephants Can Remember, and Curtain.

Third Girl is set smack in the mid-sixties. It's a time when men are wearing such clothes as "elaborate velvet waistcoat[s:], skin-tight pants," and wearing their hair long in "rich curls of chestnut," while women were wearing

"the clothes of their generation: black high leather boots, white open-work stockings of doubtful cleanl
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Gabriele
Sep 09, 2015 Gabriele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In "Third Girl" Agatha Christie mette in mostra tutto il suo talento nel creare storie appassionanti e ben calibrate tra mistero e psicologia dei personaggi.
Al contrario di quanto accade normalmente nei gialli, qui non assistiamo subito al ritrovamento di un cadavere. Anzi, per buona parte del libro non sapremo assolutamente nulla di qualsivoglia omicidio se non il solo sospetto che questi deve essere avvenuto grazie alla comparsa in casa di Poirot di una ragazza la quale afferma "forse ho uccis
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Debbie Robson
I generally don't read that many murder mysteries but as my life is chaotic at the moment I thought an Agatha Christie would be fun and it was. I also chose it becase I wanted to see how Christie "managed" the sixties. And not too badly considering her age at the time of writing and I actually thought the "Peacock" worked. Gosh men did have a different aura about them from around the mid sixties till the mid/to late 70s! I caught the tail end of that era and it was interesting to say the least.
I
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Clara
Sep 27, 2014 Clara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
Me gustó, como la gran mayoría de los libros de Agatha, pero no fue nada sobresaliente como otros de sus libros. Me gustaron los personajes, y me dio mucha pena Norma; la resolución es bastante complicada. Es decir, hay que tener mucha imaginación para resolverlo uno mismo.

Pero hubo un detalle que me gustó mucho, y que pasé muy por encima porque di por sentado que era verdad, como los otros personajes. En casi todos los libros pasa algo como esto, y por eso me gustan tanto.

No se lee tan rápi
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Zahra
Nov 12, 2015 Zahra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
نهاية لا بأس بها ولكنها أصابتني بالملل في معظمها
Kimberly Ann
Jan 26, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did like it, up until the next to last chapter when M. Poirot was sitting in his chair "thinking"... That was boring as Christie liked to confuse her readers w/ Red Herrings.

A young woman, Norma, is sharing a flat with two others, she is commonly known as "the third girl"... Her father has recently returned from South Africa w/ his new & younger wife, who has had mysterious bouts of gastritis whenever Norma visits.

Norma is suffering from "madness" and delusions and goes to visit M.
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Oscar Despard
Oct 28, 2015 Oscar Despard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Third Girl. The book begins with an enjoyable and humorous passage, involving Poirot's reviews of patisserie from his local bakeries, but his pleasant breakfast is soon interrupted by an anxious young girl who accuses herself of murder. The story then continues an exciting fashion, and ends with the usual surprise.

Third Girl is an enjoyable Christie, and Poirot's skills are exhibited to the full. The prose is relatively fast-paced, with occasional comic interludes and Poirot
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Kim Lauwers
I really like the Poirot stories, these stories are timeless and they just keep suprising you. It is also so much fun that you can just read in whatever order you like because there are so many books in this series that it should be quite annoying to always check the internet which book to read next in the correct order, instead o fjust picking a random book in the series and start reading it.

This book was a bit slower than the previous Poirot books I've read. I was actually agreeing with Mrs Ol
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Brent Soderstrum
I had previously thought that Christie's worst Hercule Poirot novel had to be The Big Four...till I read The Third Girl. I never thought I would give Agatha a two star rating for any of her books...till I read The Third Girl. In trying to obtain the shock value that she became famous for Christie had in her later novels resorted to absurd endings. I thought I had seen her most absurd endings...until I read The Third Girl.

The book does have Poirot in it from the beginning till the merciful ending
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Kavita
Feb 18, 2015 Kavita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It's not that Agatha Christie has never written a bad book in her career. Though I love most of her books, I do not like some of her more political novels. So while I am not shocked that I disliked this book, never has Christie written something so meandering and pointless.

Till the last chapter, the book seems to have no plot at all. There is no murder committed, there is nothing happening. There are not even any interesting interactions between the various characters like in The Hollow before
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Mohamed Alwakeel
would've been good if not for the ton of repeated-over-and-over-details -_-
Laura Verret
She was obviously in great distress, this young lady. She was confused, and desperate, too. But all she said to Poirot when she was ushered into his presence by George was “You’re too old.”

Morbleu! The very suggestion, it is preposterous. As if he, Poirot, could have outgrown his usefulness! But the young lady did confide something to George before she came in. She said that she thought she might have committed a murder.

Not a very definite clue, that. Shouldn’t a girl know if she has murdered so
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jennifer
It's the mid-sixties and girls have become so independent these days. Young Norma has a flashy boyfriend her father and stepmother don't approve of, but as Norma is rarely under their roof, there isn't a lot they can do about it. Norma has moved into a London flat with two other girls, oh, and she has bouts of forgetfulness where she ends up in possession of a weapon of some kind or other and can't recall what has occurred. Must be all those drugs.

Christie has created a complex mystery here for
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katie
Feb 04, 2014 katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I am reading too many books at once. And none of them have taken hold of me, but I'm not ready to give up on any of them. The answer to this conundrum is Agatha Christie. I have a whole shelf of her, and the only problem is that I can never seem to remember which ones I've already read. This one was a lucky guess, a Hercule Poirot (those are my favorites), and it scratched the itch all right.
Maram
Jan 29, 2016 Maram rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية جميلة ومشوقة كالعادة لاجاثا كريستي ولكنها ليست في نفس مستوى ما قرأت لها من روايات اعتقد ان حبكتها بسيطة وربما يتوقع القارئ النهاية في منتصف الرواية وقد اصابني الملل في اجزاء منها. ولكن ذلك لا يقلل من اهميتها كرواية بوليسية بالطبع ... وستبدو رواية ممتازة لاصحاب القلوب الضعيفة كون الحس الاستنتاجي والتفسيري فيها اكبر من الحس الجرائمي
April Helms
Jan 21, 2010 April Helms rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, mystery
"Third Girl" has a different feel from the other Agatha Christie novels I've read. For starters, this is set in the 1960s. This mystery is easily the funniest I've read. Hercule Poirot gets a visit from a young lady who says she think's she's murdered someone, but can't remember who, when or where. She departs abruptly, leaving Poirot to figure out the puzzle. Ariadne Oliver, a mystery novel author, joins him in tracking down the girl and her identity. Those two are a pair and the ending left me ...more
Tami (synchro from BL)
Solid crime story with Hercule Poirot.

It was a well-thought out story, I was just missing some of the humor of some of the other Hercule Poirot books.

It was a quick and entertaining read and I simply enjoy the quality of writing, translation and editing of another era :-)))
Kimberly Karalius
My first Poirot book - and it was wonderful! I've watched the TV series, including Third Girl, and was excited to find the book just as good as the series (I know it's a rather reversed way of looking at it, but I discovered Poirot backwards. Can't be helped!).

Miss Lemon rocks, as usual.
Lorraine
Hercule Poirot is searching for a girl. She had visited his flat, saying that she thought she had murdered someone, but after looking at him declared that he was too old, and left. With the help of his friend, novelist Mrs. Oliver, Poirot learns the girl's name, visits her family home and meets her step-mother and boyfriend. But where is the girl? (She's called a Third Girl, as she's the third tenant in the apartment.)

The book was written in 1966, and Agatha Christie tries to make it relevant wi
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Monique
There is something just extra awesome about still finding joy in reading an author who passed away before I was born and wrote over sixty detective novels –it is amazing how I can always count on her to give me a quick, engrossing and complex read no matter which characters or twist she uses and I can see why she was/is the most read author in the world, her books are so entertaining, readable and engage you so much I am in awe of her and her storytelling skills every single time..even in this ...more
Hikari
Aug 21, 2014 Hikari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie ist die von mir am meisten gelesene Autorin, da ich mehr als 50 ihrer Werke kenne =) Am liebsten mag ich Hercule Poirot und dieses Buch klang einfach spannend. Eine Mörderin, die ihre Tat vergessen hat bzw. sich nicht sicher ist? Na das kann ja was werden!

Ein Pluspunkt dieser Geschichte ist meine liebste Nebenrolle Ariadne Oliver. Ich finde sie und Poirot sind immer wieder großartig zusammen und es macht einfach Spaß zu lesen.

Die Unvorhersehbarkeit des Buches hat mir gut gefallen
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Bookworm
Well, after finding Piorot a humerous character in the TV series, and knowing my sisters enjoyed reading his mysterys, I went out and promptly selected the wrong one. The mystery in itself was intriguing; a young girl comes to Poirot and announces she "might have committed a murder", and then decides not to have him help her, because he is "too old" . It had a wonderful plot, though had quite a bit of language, and the book had so many references to young people using drugs, and wearing the most ...more
Neena
Jun 06, 2014 Neena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring and dull book by Christie, it was hard to get into the story for about first 100 pages. It got interesting after that but again there was so much confusion and chaos, I lost track of what was what! I wish Christie had kept it simple and straight just like her earlier work. She added drugs, booze, weird fashion and stuff to keep up with 60s and that was most confusing and irritating. It stole the charm of real mystery. I think I should just stop reading Christie's later work.
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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