Third Girl (Hercule Poirot #35)
A desperate woman seeks the aid of Hercule Poirot in a matter of life and death. A near-lethal dose of poison, a blood-stained knife, a revolver, and a family who aren't what they seem all figure in an extraordinary case that takes the celebrated Belgian detective from a village estate to the bohemian streets of London.
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...more
This has never been one of my favorites, but what is fun is Christie uses the swinging 60s setting to her advantage (It was written in 1966) Ariadne Oliver is always fun, and she has perhaps her brightest moments in this novel. Poirot is the main detec...more
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...more
I've never been much of a fan of Agatha Christie's work; this means that, unlike the case with most of her mystery-writing contemporaries, there are still quite a few of her books I haven't read. So, every once in a while, I treat myself to what would be a trip down Memory Lane were it not for the fact that, never having read the novel before, I don't have the memory in the first place.
Third Girl is one of the later Poirot novels; as soon as I spotted the copyright date I knew not to expect too...more
This particular Poirot tale is a bit muddled with far too much information to allow you to figure out exactly what has happened, who is involved, and how they managed it, but true to her ways she gives you clues all along the way, it just requires exceptional grey cells, as it were. I will go ahead and declare that I had one or two elements of the mystery figured ou...more
Sebetulnya agak ragu juga untuk menyukai novel ini (bayangkan, sedari awal hingga halaman 297 saya tak menemukan pembunuhan yang dilakukan! Betapa membosankan). Namun, ketika mendapati fakta yang terkuak di akhir cerita membikin...more
Christie has created a complex mystery here for...more
I mean it's not bad, just too loose. She realizes it, though, poor old Aggie, and does try to tie it all up very tightly by the end. It just wasn't enough. It's the lack of embarrassing British racism that bumps it from two stars to three. Maybe her Alzheimer's destroyed the racist parts of her b...more
N'a-t-il pas plus d'une fois prouvé qu'il était le roi des détectives, l'infaillible dont la réputation n'est plus à faire ?
Impossible de mettre en doute ses capacités...
Et pourtant, voilà qu'une jeune femme vient lui déclarer qu'il est trop vieux pour l'aider ! Alors qu'elle-même est venue le cons...more
"I-I dont remember what has happened but i think i have killed someone." I like this quote because it is supernatural and it something i would say.
The theme is the book: Never try to hard to cover thi...more
Neste livro, e através da sua mais famosa personagem, Hercule Poirot, Christie leva-nos a...more
Though Christie is pretty adept at bringing characters of all stripes to life, she stumbles putting heart and passion into the young and tragically hip, both here and in Remembered Death / Sparkling Cyanide. In these books, the author's prejudice against the vacuous inanity that is the young urban generation clearly show through.
Whatever. Rich people are rich...more
Third Girl is the first Agatha Christie book I have read that is set on the 1960's. It is stripped of the glamour of her older books (I was fooled by a cover with a very chic glove!), but the writing style is as beautiful and enthralling as I remembered it.
Norma Restarick is the “third girl” renting a London flat with two other girls, to help paying the rent. She comes to Hercule Poirot’s house asking for help because she might be guilty of murder, but leaves when she finds him ‘too old’....more
Proveniência: Oferta Asa Editora (Leya).
A minha Opinião:
Quando uma jovem pede ajuda a Poirot porque pensa que cometeu um crime e depois desaparece, cria-se desde logo uma atmosfera de suspense a que Agatha Christie já nos tinha habituado!
É neste contexto que Poirot, juntamente com a sua hilariante amiga e escritora Ariadne Oliver, começam a investigar este “crime” que não tem corpo…...more
The plot: A young girl appears on Poirot's doorstep to confess a murder, but hurriedly leaves, without saying anything else. Intrigued by it, Poirot starts investigating and finds himself among vario...more
"The kind of time when girls in jobs might be presumed to have returned, either to renew their makeup, change their clothes to tight exotic pants or whatever their particular addiction was, and go out again, or else to settle down to home life and wash their underwear and their stockings."
"Poirot remained thoughtful after Mr. Goby had left. He raised and lowered his eyebrows. He wondered, he wondered very much."
"'But I cannot say I...more
I am saying now that this is my opinion. If you want to disagree with it than fine.
A lot of people say that her books got worse later in her life. I disagree. Personally, I actually think that her books from the 1950's and 1960's are actually some of the best.
I really liked this one. There was only 2 books with Mrs Oliver that I hadn't read, so I decided to read this one. I liked it because I t...more
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880...more