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Third Girl

(Hercule Poirot #38)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  21,364 ratings  ·  1,037 reviews
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.
Paperback, 261 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published November 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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Imagine, if you will, being a famous female mystery author. You’ve been publishing for over forty-five years, and you’ve become more than a bit tired of your fans’ favorite detective, the egg-headed Hercule Poirot. What’s a person to do? Try a mystery where there’s no murder, only a confused, drugged twenty-something who is sure she’s committed one. Poirot, of course, has his suspicions early on:

“She is not one who can cope with difficulties. She is not one of those who can see before hand the d
Ahmad Sharabiani
Third Girl (Hercule Poirot #38), Agatha Christie

Third Girl is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in November 1966.

It features her Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the recurring character Ariadne Oliver. The novel is notable for being the first in many years in which Poirot is present from beginning to end. It is uncommon in that the investigation includes discovering the first crime, which happens comparatively late in the
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
A young woman came to Poirot early in the morning. She said she thought she had killed somebody, but did not give any details as upon seeing Poirot she decided he is too old and left. At that time Poirot was bored. He was also intrigued by the visit and hurt by her thinking he was old. He decided to find her again. The rest of the book was spent on half the population of London and nearby countryside making fuss around this girl, exactly in the way a young hen does about its very first laid egg. ...more
Archit Ojha
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want a murder.

- Hercule Poirot

Agatha Christie held me captive.

I should not have postponed reading this classic this long. DANG! Better late than never.

A young woman approaches you and confesses that "She might have committed a murder." and leaves the house without throwing any lights on the matter. What do you make up of this incident? Do you think she's a troubled mad girl, that she's facing some family issues and forget about everything altogether?

A normal person would shake it all off.

daph pink
12/82(my least favourite poirot mystery)
You may not be dissatisfied as it's still from her!
The queen of mystery
Queen of my heart!💙
But personally this didn't appealed to me like others!
Fiona MacDonald
Ashamed to say this was not Agatha Christie on top form. I really wasn't a fan of this, and although the story was explained at the end I still didn't feel it made any sense! Poirot is going a bit downhill I feel by now, and like in the book beforehand that I read, Christie seems fed up of him as a character. It really shows. Interesting story, but too drawn out and just not enjoyable!
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well… It’s not as bad as The Big Four at least! Yeah, that’s about the most in terms of praise I can personally give this one. Now don’t get me wrong, Christie wrote so many books that I am in no way upset when I read a “bad” one, but it is a little disappointing that I say this is my second to least favorite in the series.

There are so many issues with this one. For a good portion of the novel there isn’t an actual case to be solved, just Poirot going “Hmm… it feels like there should be a case
When a young client refuses to consult Poirot in a case concerning her because he is "too old", Poirot's pride is wounded and his ability is challenged. So without either the consent or knowledge of the young girl, he voluntarily involves himself. In involving himself, he not only saves the young girl from impending danger but proves that he, Hercule Poirot, is undefeatable.

The murder-mystery is not one of Agatha Christie's best, but it was still made interesting by Poirot's manner, conduct, me
David Schaafsma
"I want a murder!"--Poirot (not that Belgian wants to see anyone dead, really. A murder has been claimed, and none has been proven)

A “third girl” is a reference to the intricacies of flat rental, I learn. A girl (or, woman, okay) rents a flat (or, as we say in the U.S., apartment, just don’t want you to get lost here. . .) and then invites a friend in to join her. Then they advertise for a “third girl” to share with them, who apparently is not usually a friend. Not surprisingly, this third girl
Aug 16, 2007 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
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Eh bien, then, you are crazy, or appear crazy or you think you are crazy, and possibly you may be crazy.”

This one was so much fun! Not only did it feature Ariadne Oliver, a firm favourite, but this novel had plenty of humour and a great ‘mystery’ to unravel. One for once that I was able to solve ;O) Loved it.
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown 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
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk, 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
Clare Snow
While looking for the third girl, Poirot & Mrs Oliver took up a third too many pages. ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is certainly not Agatha Christie's best book. Of course, that doesn't mean it's a bad story. Just not as entertaining as some of her other novels.

First of all, probably because I was able to guess some solutions myself. Although they are unbelievable, they are not that difficult to guess. Especially when you know Christie's other books and tropes she likes. This is not a big problem but it takes some joy from the final reveal.

Secondly, the whole story somehow didn't pull me in like some oth
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
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
Great fun read. Hercules Poirot is a great character. This is an intriguing plot.
4.5 stars

I was so surprised after finishing this book. The whole book was dedicated to a crime that seemed didn't exists at all. There was no death, no killer, just a bunch of potential suspects that added to nothing. It seemed like Poirot was holding straws - he kept looking for clues, clues of something that didn't happen. Yes, we would think he grew old now, he was not as shrewd and quick as before. However, those final chapters - they were mind blowing. Now I understood. Murders. Motives. Al
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christie
A young girl comes to Hercule Poirot,telling him she may have committed a murder.After that,however,she tells Poirot that he is " too old" and goes away.Agatha Christie might as well have been talking about herself being too old when she wrote this.

The book is boring.I remember struggling through this one and don't recall anything particulaly enjoyable about it.
So,yes Christie did write some bad books too.
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm loving reading Agatha Christie! Not dated, quirky characters and very interesting plots!
Bruce Beckham
Not the strongest Poirot ever written, and perhaps that was because by 1966 both he and his creator were a little past their prime.

Indeed the novel opens with a ‘modern’ young woman (the ‘Third Girl’ of the title) first requesting but then rejecting the legendary detective’s services for being, in her words, “too old”.

That she has confessed to a murder, however, has the timeworn moustaches twitching with youthful verve!

The generation gap is a constant theme – not only playing out in fiction, bu
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ariadne Oliver is back! Wonderful! And between interrogating and following people, she actually ends up saying and finding some really important things to Poirot. Things that enable Poirot to think his way through what is a nicely complicated case: a young woman tells Poirot, and others, that she thinks she's committed a murder. Her words and behaviour are sufficiently intriguing that Poirot stirs himself from his office and reading, puts on his "foreigner" act and lays on the charm, while worki ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.6/5 ⭐️

STORY 4.5/5 -it was slow to start but once things really got rolling it was EXTREMELY well crafted. I didn’t love the very ending though and by that I mean the last line or two of the book fell flat for me.

CHARACTERS 4.5/5 - I love Poirot and Ms. Oliver and some of the supporting characters were good too but I found myself getting confused as to who was who.

WRITING 5/5 - like I said this was extremely well crafted. I couldn’t believe how smart the mystery was step by step.

Thomas Strömquist
DNF @ 24 %

"Are you - is that M. Poirot?"
"I, myself."
"It's Mrs. Oliver - your voice sounds different. I didn't recognise it at first."

I don't blame Ariadne Oliver, there's not much I recognise at all about the Belgian detective in this late and unengaging book. Perhaps my AC excursion is over now?"
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
I enjoyed reading Third Girl. Me of Christie’s later novels. A young girl goes to Poirot tells him she has murdered someone then says he’s to old for the case and runs away. Poirot through his friend Ariadne Oliver identifies the girl as Norma Restarick who comes from a wealthy family. Her father who she has not seen since she was five ran off to Africa with his mistress Louise. He has returned with his wife Mary who Norma hates.

Overlaid is the 1960s drug scene. Norma believes she is doing and
Vikas Singh
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
There is only one draw back with this novel- There are just too many coincidences. And these coincidences help Poirot solve the case. For the first time we see Poirot genuinely aggrieved when a young girl tells him that he is Old! It takes all the patience and diplomacy of Mrs. Oliver to soothe his nerves. Otherwise a nice intriguing plot with usual twisted ending. Interesting read.
I'm getting increasingly weary of Christie's 1960s writing. It's jumping the shark. The plot is just okay and is more of a vehicle for the author to complain about the beatnik generation. Forgettable fluff.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ONLY Agatha Christie addicts, or shagadelic 1960s-English history fans.and fans
I read this in about 1970 and thought it Christie's very weakest novel. I read it again in 2006 and didn't much like it. Now, reading H.P.'s novels backwards through time?
CAST - 3 stars: Hercule Poirot dares "to speck scathingly of Edgar Allan Poe..." but "lauded to the skies two American authors who were practically unknown..." (I'd love to ask Agatha which American authors she is talking about through H.P. Given this novel is set in 1966-the year of pub
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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