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Third Girl Reviews

  • Issa Deerbany
    2019-01-09 01:29

    كالعادة وانا اقرأ احاول ان احل لغز الجريمة، وطبعا من الصعب ان تعرف القاتل او المجرم مع أجاثا كريستي.في هذا اللغز تدخل فتاة الى بوارو وتدعي انها من الممكن ان تكون قد اقترفت جريمة قتل ثم تهرب من مكتبه.وبإصراره يحاول بوارو ان يعرف كل شيء عن هذه الفتاة مما يقود الى رواية مشوقة ولغز غامض.ولكن من خلال احداث الرواية عرفت انها لم ترتكب الجريمة في نهاية الرواية ولكن لم اعرف ملابسات كثيرة وانتظرت الى النهاية لتفسير الأحداث.مغامرة ممتعة.

  • mark monday
    2018-12-26 07:57

    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 sidekicks to sort this mess out. They can barely understand the lingo, but sometimes it's the straights who know what time it is. Time to kick these double-timing floozies to the curb and move on, ‘cause murder can be such a drag, man! But what’s a bohemian apartment to do without some real cool cats to live in it? Is it time to think of a different path?If you decide to go on a Journey to the Center of the Mind, choose http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...If you decide it is time to go back to your roots, old-school locked-room style, choose http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

  • Archit Ojha
    2019-01-20 05:48

    I want a murder. - Hercule PoirotAgatha 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. But if you're Hercule Poirot, you'll not let the things go easily, will you? Third Girl is a jaw-dropping thriller where you've no clues of any murder or a death. You know nothing of the girl who confessed. Without any evidences, all you can do is hit in the dark hoping to get the justice. But for whom? Maybe, The third girl? but how? What evil are you dealing with here?Agatha Christie's Third Girl is a must read.

  • Fiona MacDonald
    2019-01-11 09:53

    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!

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-01-17 08:44

    "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 idea makes its way into the plot in more than one way.Norma, our third girl, comes to Poirot to suggest she “may have committed a murder.” Later, a similar thing would seem to happen, where Norma is holding a bloody knife over the body of her boyfriend, David. For most of the book it is not clear at all whether any murder at all has been committed. Highlights: *In the last few books, Christie got the idea to go slightly meta by adding a prolific detective novelist, Ariadne Oliver, to work with Poirot. She’s fun and funny, kind of batty, and a way for Christie to lightly comment on herself in the process of solving the mystery. She’s kind of the opposite of Poirot, though not weak like Hastings, who is featured in the early novels.*Madness is almost always considered by various characters in Christie plots as the reason why murders are committed, and it is almost never a real consideration in the crime. People kill for reasons. As Poirot points out, logic is usually followed, and it will take Poirot's brain cells to logically figure make this clear. But in this book “madness” comes up in various ways. Ariadne is often seen as “batty,” and is “coshed” on the head, making her a little confused. Third girl Norma has memory lapses, and possibly hallucinates.*One of the reasons Christie got into writing mysteries is that she was working in a hospital and imagined several drugs as poisonous in mystery plots. In this book, set in the sixties, drugs abound in a way you might not have imagined in the twenties (though booze is always present): LSD, marijuana, cocaine, very attractive to Christie as a lifelong student of chemistry.*Christie published this book in 1966, when she was 76; she never really says how old Poirot is, but it is clear he was retired when she began to publish works with him as a main character in 1920! But she at least reflects on him increasingly as quite old and not able to do what he was able to do, though it is clear he is still brilliant. She uses this book to reflect on aging also through Sir Roderick Horsfield, who has memory issues; she does this largely in a comic vein. *One blurb says, “Christie displays her usual acute sense of the contemporary scene." By this, the reviewer means fashion and lifestyle, as in the mod London beatnik scene, which amuses her and Poirot. In the 1920s Christie features flappers; in the sixties we have bony Twiggy types, and androgynous men in tight bell bottoms. Free love abounds. Christie almost never mentions contemporary world events in her “amusements,” but always loves to comment on clothes and hairstyles (which figure importantly in the plot this time).*The Beatles are even mentioned in this book! Hip Christie?It is usual to note that the latter Christie works are not as good as they one were, but I found some turns surprisingly surprising! Is this a sign of ageism on my part, as a guy in his sixties? Nah, most older writers are not as good as they were “in their prime,” but this is still a good mystery by the Great One.

  • Sam
    2019-01-11 03:30

    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 did get up and rolling, the plot was continuously interrupted by Hercule Poirot ruminating about all the facts of the case up to that point. Now, a great detective must do this, of course, but i swear it happens ten times in the second half of the book, and Poirot isn't exactly the soul of brevity when talking to himself. I was able to keep all the facts straight while listening to the story, and had much of the conclusion figured out before Poirot did, which was also slightly annoying. Ah well. The reader for this particular recording was quite good, and did an exceptional job creating the character of Hercule Poirot.

  • Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
    2018-12-27 03:47

    "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 track down the clues to get to the bottom of the mystery of this strange girl.I really liked Poirot a lot. He was charming and clever and it was great fun watching him put all the clues together to solve the case. I am absolute rubbish as guessing the endings to mystery books so it was a delightful surprise to me when I reached the end and it was not what I expected at all! All in all, I really liked this story and look forward to continuing my reading relationship with Monsieur Poirot! :)

  • Nancy Oakes
    2019-01-06 03:55

    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 cleanliness, a skimpy skirt and a long and sloppy pullover of heavy wool".The Beatles proclaim in 1966 that they're more popular than Jesus. The younger generation is experimenting with drugs and getting high. Girls aren't staying at home much after leaving school, going off to the cities to find jobs and live in apartments, often doubling up or adding a "third" girl to help with the rent. It is just such a "third girl," Norma Restarick, who early one morning finds herself with Hercule Poirot, to tell him that she might have committed a murder, but then proclaims Poirot too old, and disappears. He's obviously intrigued, and finds out the girl's identity only when Ariadne Oliver, the mystery novelist, begins discussing a party she'd been to earlier where she'd met this young woman. From that point, the two begin investigating Norma's past and present, trying to discover if she's unbalanced, or if there's someone that might mean her harm. Poirot looks for patterns & death, and Ariadne tries methods that her detective, Sven Hjerson, might use in her popular mystery books.As usual, there are plenty of suspects and red herrings throughout the novel, and this time Christie puts a secret up her sleeve that she doesn't reveal until the end -- a bit of duplicity on her part which wasn't really fair, but worked. I thought the final solution was well done and although the clues were there all along, I still managed to be surprised by the ending, which a) I felt was quite satisfying and b) I should have figured out after the breadcrumb trail of clues Christie left behind. And while the story may seem a bit muddled from time to time, it's still well worth the read. Poirot, without a doubt, is one of my favorite detectives ever, with his fastidious mannerisms and personality. Even toward the end of his career his little grey cells are as busy and sharp as ever; Miss Lemon, the secretary par excellence, makes an appearance, always a step ahead of Poirot, and then there's Ariadne Oliver, a rather unique character, often living off of her intuition or using her mystery novelist skills to offer help in Poirot's investigation. While she does provide some comic relief and comes off as a bit of a bumbler from time to time, she actually manages to also provide a few valuable clues to Poirot from time to time. At first I was a bit unsure as to whether or not I would enjoy this novel, but it ended up being a treat. This must be one that either I read eons ago and have totally forgotten, or that somehow I managed to miss until now. I can recommend it, definitely, BUT ... if you're looking for the recently televised Third Girl, you'll find that there's quite a difference between page and screen.

  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    2019-01-01 03:57

    This is one of Agatha Christie's later Hercule Poirot stories, one in which Hastings has been replaced by Mrs. Oliver as a sidekick and as often is the case, Mrs Oliver becomes an instigator in this mysterious case.A girl shows up asking for Hercule Poirot, says that she 'may have committed a murder' and then decides not to confide in him and vanishes.Who is the girl? She left no name...What murder? Poirot cannot find that there has been ANY murder....Who does one not know if one has committed murder or not?It is a bit of a frolic, not one of my favourites, the later Poirot novel caricature the character a little too much for my taste, sure he was always a little bit of a caricature, but it gets more extravagant as the decades go by. The plot is intensely convoluted, as again, some of the latter novels seemed to get, with Christie trying to lead her readers down several garden paths instead of concentrating on characters and scenes.The dissatisfaction of Poirot and Mrs Oliver with the 'youth of today' circa 1960's is as always amusing in small doses at least (I wonder, is this a mockery, or a reflection of Christie's opinions?). The men are effeminate, the girls look dirty and make no efforts to makes themselves attractive... Shock horror.Despite the convolutions, the solution to the problems was not too hard to figure out, not sure if that is because I have read it before without remembering or because I am getting a feel for the Christie mystery style.

  • Andrea
    2019-01-12 02:31

    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.

  • Obsidian
    2018-12-28 03:49

    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 mysterious girl is and who is it that she has murdered. The secondary character of Ariadne Oliver who helps Poirot ferret out the truth has gotten less ridiculous in these books. What will always be really funny about this character is that she is a stand in for Agatha Christie. Mrs. Oliver writes very popular detective stories starring a Swedish detective. And just like Agatha Christie, criticizes her creation because she one hundred percent dislikes him. Frankly I think that is pretty apparent in the last couple of Poirot books where you have other characters criticizing Poirot either by how he looks (a very old man with dubious dye on his head) or that he has gotten rounder over the years. When we have Poirot and Mrs. Oliver investigating this mysterious girl who is a third girl living in a flat with two other girls (a new living arrangement that started in the 1960s with young women living together into converted flats) Poirot and Mrs. Oliver seemed to have stumbled onto something dark and mysterious.The writing was good, I did laugh a few times at comments that Mrs. Oliver and Poirot made of the younger generation living in London at the time. Apparently neither literary character were fond of people dressing as if they were homeless or dirty. And there were a couple of comments made about beatniks and the Beatles that had me laughing. One does feel for Poirot since his character seems lost in this new post War World II society. I am realizing that at this point Poirot has to be in his 70s or 80s. Reading about the drug using youth in England at the time was definitely interesting. The flow was off though and I think that was because we had so much going on with an additional character that was plopped in (Dr. John Stillingfleet) and we had Poirot and Mrs. Oliver subtly interviewing people around the mysterious third girl. The setting really doesn't come into play here. I always think that in most Christie books except for a handful she really doesn't play up enough about the surroundings the characters inhabit unless it is a house or train. I miss her locked door mysteries a lot. She seemed to take more care in planning them and making them plausible. That leads to the lackluster ending. The last few Poirot books have been kind of annoying to me as a reader because Poirot always reveals something that it is not known to the reader. I think of it as a cheat, because if you had the same information you could have figured out who did it and why as well. That is the most fun part for reading these books for me. Trying to figure out the who and the why. As it was once again the plot was reduced to absurdity when you figure out the who and the why. And we have seemed to resurrected another plot element she has used in the last few books. Considering that there is only one more Poirot book to go, Elephants Can Remember, before Curtain, I wonder if old school Christie is going to pop up soon.

  • Kavita
    2019-01-01 02:32

    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 the murder happens. The entire book is composed of Poirot ruminating on bits and pieces, which ended up being frustrating and boring. There are far too many angles being explored, and the story wanders all over the place, while Poirot (and the reader) struggles to make sense of it all. Another problem with this book is that it is just too long. There are far too many repetitive scenes, which could have been deleted. This book could have done with a good dose of pruning by a good editor. In its core, it is not a bad book, but the writing is extremely shoddy. There are a couple of wonderful scenes such as Mrs Oliver shadowing someone, but the bulk of the book is simply random scenarios that don't hang together very well. The plot is actually quite interesting, and the story would have worked if it had been written in a more Christie-like style. I think perhaps she was experimenting with a different style, which simply did not work out.The book also suffers from my own personal bias. I prefer the Golden Age novels, an era in which crime fits in snugly. With the exploration of the drugs and art scene of the 60s, the atmosphere of the story became quite different. I was definitely not too happy with the setting.

  • Ririn
    2018-12-28 07:38

    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.

  • Fuad Al Fidah
    2019-01-10 03:54

    This one was predictable, time to take a break from agatha christie.

  • Karen ⊰✿
    2019-01-09 07:33

    Book 35 and Poirot is still going strong. I absolutely love the character of Ariadne Oliver to give a bit of humour and freshness to the series too.

  • Meriana
    2019-01-08 09:55

    Ketika detektif berfungsi lebih dari sekadar pencari jalan keluar dari suatu kerumitan mengerikan, tetapi juga sebagai biro jodoh. Inilah fungsi ganda Mpok Irot di buku ini ˚ω˚)Penyelidikan kali ini diawali karena Poirot yg merasa terluka harga dirinya, setelah disebut 'terlalu tua' oleh seorang calon klien yg menyangka dirinya sendiri telah melakukan pembunuhan--bahkan lebih parah, dia merasa dirinya sendiri sudah gila! Kasus kemudian berkembang makin rumit hingga menyinggung dugaan spionase internasional, pemalsuan lukisan, perdagangan narkotika, pemberontakan gadis2 terhormat demi pria2 jalang yg mereka pilih, pemerasan, dan penipuan dengan duit besar.Tapi sebetulnya, jalur asli misterinya sudah cukup bisa tertebak saat Ms. Christie menyinggung soal lukisan masa muda Mr. Andrew Restarick yg dipindah ke kantornya dan dokter Steelingfeel yg mengatakan kondisi Norma yg dalam pengaruh Narkotika. Dari sana, 1 pelaku dan jalan cerita misterinya sudah tertebak. Tapi Ms. Christie sendiri, sebagai penulis, seakan nggak terima misterinya berakhir secepat makan siang. Maka muncullah penyelidikan dan analisa Poirot yg berputar-putar, kenyataan yg sudah jelas mengenai Norma dan Mr. Restarick juga diputar balikkan oleh pemikiran Poirot sampai saya jadi bingung dan gemes dengan apa maunya si Poirot ini.Lha, di akhir2 cerita, ujung2nya ternyata kasus berakhir sesuai dugaan saya di tengah tadi. Hanya ada tambahan 1 pelaku yg saya tidak sangka2 sebagai the real third girl. Jadi ya, itu, saya jadi merasa ditroll \(℃°)√Selanjutnya, rasanya baru pertama kali ini saya membaca novel AC yg memiliki unsur kebetulan dasyat. Bukti-bukti penting dan kejadian pentingnya didapat secara kebetulan yg tingkatnya terlalu dewa. Dan semuanya juga berkat bantuan Mrs. Oliver, bukan detektif utamanya sendiri. Sebenernya sih ya sah2 saja. Cuman nggak biasa saja faktor ini ada di buku AC. Selera-seleraan juga mau suka atau nggak. However, meski saya diseret-seret, dikibulin, dan dikasik kejutan yg selera2an, saya anehnya tetep cukup menyukainya. Dan saya baru tahu juga kalo ada movienya yg dirilis tahun 2008 lalu. Ratting movienya sepertinya lebih bagus dari bukunya. Semoga saya bisa menontonnya ^O^)3/5

  • Nina
    2019-01-14 01:37

    2,3/5*A little bit interesting but I felt something was off. A bit dragging too. Tapi covernya lumayan, artsy and creepy.

  • NoellaVan Looy
    2019-01-04 04:56

    Dit vind ik een van de betere Agatha Christie's die ik tot dusverre gelezen heb. De lezer wordt tot het einde in spanning gehouden, en ik had totaal geen idee van het plot. De hele tijd door kon men zich de vragen stellen: wie is er vermoord? en waarom? en wie is de dader?Op een morgen komt een meisje bij Poirot die zegt dat ze denkt dat ze iemand vermoord heeft, maar voor ze verdere toelichting geeft, rent ze terug de deur uit. Poirot is geïntrigeerd en met de hulp van Mevr. Oliver probeert hij meer te weten te komen. Ze ontdekken dat het meisje op een flat woont met nog twee andere meisjes, en dat haar vader een erg rijk man is, die lang in Zuid Afrika gewoond heeft, maar nu terug is in Engeland, samen met zijn tweede vrouw. Hij had de moeder van Norma (zijn dochter, die dus 'het derde meisje' uit dit boek is, verlaten toen het kind amper 5 was.Norma houdt zich op in het kunstenaarsmilieu, en haar vrienden zijn wat men kan noemen 'buitenissige types'. Familie en kennissen vinden Norma een beetje gek, ze heeft ze niet allemaal op een rij. Maar is dit wel zo? Is het echt, komedie, of is er nog iets anders aan de hand? Een detectiveverhaal om van te genieten!

  • Menna Mohamed
    2019-01-04 09:50

    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 :Dفأجاثا تستطيع وبكل سهولة خلال حبكةٍ لا يستطيع غيرها تنفيذها أن تُقنعك بمرتكب الجريمة بالأدلة والبراهين ، وإذا عَلِمتَ مرة من خلال رواية من رواياتها أنك أنت بذاتك القاتل ، فأجاثا تستطيع أن تقنعك بهذا :Dأجاثا ليست فقط عبقرية بالقَدْرِ الذي يسمح لها بنسج خيوط جريمة كاملة خلال أحداث كل رواية ، بل رواياتها أيضًا لا تخلو من السرد الرائع للأحداث ووصف الشخصيات والأماكن بطريقة رائعة لتجعلك تشعر وكأنك تعيش داخل فصول هذه الرواية وتعيش أحداثها لحظةً بلحظة ،،الفتاة الثالثة هى رحلتي السابعة مع أجاثا كريستي ، وفى كل روايةٍ أقرؤها لها أتيقن تمامًا بأنها تتربع وحدها على عرش كُتّاب الروايات البوليسية فى العالم رغم مرور العديد من السنوات على رواياتها ،،و خلال كل رحلة أحاول أن أتوقع مَن هو مرتكب الجريمة لكنني أفشل فشلًا ذريعًا في كل مرة ، أما خلال قراءتى للفتاة الثالثة ، فقد فشلت أيضًا كالعادة :Dهذه الرواية بالذات كانت نهايتها رائعة ، رائعةً بحق ، فعندما وصلت لآخر صفحاتها لأعرف هذه النهاية اندهشت ،اندهشتُ للغاية ، أكثر من دهشتي بأي نهاية لرواياتها من قبل ،، من أين لهذه الكاتبة بهذه الأفكار وهذه الحبكة الرائعة ؟ لا أستطيع أن أصفها إلا بأنها حقًا " مبدعة " في جميع روايات أجاثا ستجعلك تدور حول نفسك وتشك في جميع الأبطال وفي النهاية يكون القاتل آخر شخص تتوقعه :)وستظل أجاثا واحدة من الروائيين المفضلين لدى إن لم تَكُن المفضلة :) هذه رحلتي السابعة معها ولكنها لن تكون الأخيرة بإذن الله :)

  • Bruce Beckham
    2018-12-30 08:52

    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, but also I strongly suspect confounding the author in real life.The cold reality of writing outside her comfort zone – in dealing with the sixties mods and their alien fashion and drug culture – is reflected through the bemused observations of her alter ego, crime writer Ariadne Oliver.Moreover, while Dame Christie was 76 when this novel was published, informed opinion has it that Poirot – assuming that he had aged on a linear basis since his introduction as a retired detective in 1920 – would by then have reached a venerable 112.Certainly he relied heavily upon his agents (Mrs Oliver, Mr Goby, the police and others) to do his legwork and – somewhat sadly, I thought – even some of his brainwork.The progress of the plot hung upon rather too much serendipity – many more fortuitous coincidences than a reader will normally allow – and I did feel that the whole web of connections that interlinked characters, and their motives and histories, was just a little implausible.That said, I never came back to the book with that sinking feeling, “Oh, no” – and took a small amount of satisfaction in that one of the half-dozen theories I formed proved correct – if only I could have narrowed it down!

  • Brent Soderstrum
    2019-01-07 08:39

    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 but the detective does himself no favors by treading water till the last few chapters and then revealing to us the conclusion that would have been so clear to those who were physically present. Then Hercule also becomes a matchmaker which borders on illegal activity and with no indication of interest between the characters they go off to get married at the end of the book. Ahhhhhhhhhhh. Christie was a great novelist with an incredible mind but I am not sure if this was a product of her old age at the time or if it may have been drugs from the 1960s that she references throughout the book. Maybe she needed to try them to effectively write about that. That would explain this book.

  • Roshanak davoodi
    2019-01-10 03:45

    همیشه از داستان های جنایی لذت میبرم ولی واقعا هیچ داستانی به خوبیه داستان های آگاتا کریستی نیست . کتاب داستان جذابی داشت و به نظرم این که سعی میکنی از طرز فکر و عملکرد ذهن پوآرو سر در بیاری خیلی جذابترش هم میکرد . همیشه به نظرم داستان جنایی خوبه که تا لحظه ی فاش شدن حقیقت نتوانی حدس بزنی که داستان از چه قراره و حتی اگه حدس میزنی بهش شک داشته باشی ؛ باید گفت آگاتا کریستی کاملا در داستانهایش به این اصل پایبنده .

  • Melissa
    2019-01-08 02:31

    Kept me guessing until the end.

  • Rinnerl
    2019-01-05 07:46

    Nur ungern lässt sich der belgische Meisterdetektiv Hercule Poirot während seines Frühstücks stören. Dennoch empfängt er die junge Frau, die behauptet vielleicht einen Mord begangen zu haben. Noch bevor er seine berühmten grauen Zellen bemühen kann, wird er von seiner Besucherin für „zu alt“ befunden um ihr helfen zu können und zack, weg ist sie.In seiner Ehre tief gekränkt überlegt Poirot was zu tun sei. Der Zufall kommt ihm diesmal zu Hilfe, in Gestalt seiner langjährigen Freundin, der Kriminalschriftstellerin Ariadne Oliver.Gemeinsam – so gemeinsam wie es bei zwei Individualisten möglich ist – machen sie sich daran dem Fall, so es denn einen gibt, auf die Spur zu kommen. Hat Norma Restarick tatsächlich einen Mord begangen oder will ihr jemand einen anhängen? Gab es überhaupt einen Mord? Und wenn ja, wer ist das Opfer? Und wo ist Norma abgeblieben? Fragen über Fragen und zu viele Antworten, die keinen Sinn ergeben. „Die vergessliche Mörderin“ ist nicht mein erster Poirot, aber für meinen Geschmack bislang der Schwächste den ich gelesen habe. Ich wollte nicht so recht in die Geschichte kommen und brauchte auch zwei Anläufe um das Buch zu beenden. Die Geschichte ist nicht schlecht, nur war mir alles einen ticken zu langatmig. Es fehlte etwas an Tempo. Der Schluss, in gewohnter Christie-Manier, ist dafür wieder eine Überraschung und sehr gut gelungen.Warum die deutsche Übersetzung aus „Third girl“, „Die vergessliche Mörderin“ gemacht hat, wird mir auf ewig ein Rätsel bleiben, besonders weil „Das dritte Mädchen“ auch kein schlechterer Titel gewesen wäre und im nachhinein sogar deutlich mehr Sinn gemacht hätte. Und seit wann duzt Poirot Personen? Nie im Leben hätte er das getan!Fazit: Ein solider Krimi, dem für meinen Geschmack etwas mehr Schwung gut getan hätte und die erneute Erkenntnis, dass deutsche Übersetzungen oftmals deutliche Mängel aufweisen und man mit dem Original besser bedient ist.

  • Laura W
    2019-01-05 03:38

    This novel is mostly interesting because we get to see Hercule Poirot more as the fallible human that the omniscient detective that we have come to know and love. I actually really enjoyed seeing this side of Poirot and that moment when he puts it all together is a sight for sore eyes. There are so many seemingly unconnected facts in this case that the reader is able to put together alongside Poirot which makes it extremely enjoyable. While there were a few little details left unexplained at the end, they were minor and not relevant to the primary storyline. The story is framed slightly differently than Poirot's other mysteries because of how it's presented to him (there's a bit of a debate whether or not there is actually a murderer on the loose) but Christie rolls with this well.The Final Verdict:Enjoyable for the most part with a good look at Poirot as a fallible human.4.5 stars

  • Diana Long
    2018-12-22 01:39

    Entertaining mystery.

  • Laurel Young
    2018-12-27 02:45

    (Note: spoilers for both the book and the new tv version)I've read Third Girl before; in fact, I have a fantastic 1960s edition with a drawing of a peacock on the cover. However, I decided to re-read and review it after seeing the new tv version on Mystery, because, as a Dame Agatha loyalist, I really must object! I usually love this series because it has David Suchet as Poirot; he is as definitive to me as is Joan Hickson as my one-and-only Miss Marple. However, for this newest season of Poirot, they've made two big changes to the originals--they've made them "darker" (gorier and a very serious tone), and they've moved them all to the 1930s. The new version of my favorite, Murder on the Orient Express, can be forgiven for its dark tone because I think they wanted to do something different from the light, almost comedic tone of the ending to the famous all-star film version. However, now they've thrown a gory death into Third Girl that never existed in the first place: Norma's mother died of natural causes when Norma was already an adult. She did not commit suicide in Norma's childhood, let alone do so in a scene straight out of a horror movie. I almost screamed out loud, it was so revolting. Christie was famously "cozy" in her mysteries and never gory; in fact, she responded to a request for more blood by writing Poirot's Christmas, where the blood turns out to be fake! And then there's the change in time period, taking Third Girl from the 1960s back to the 1930s. I do understand that the reader has to suspend an awful lot of disbelief in the novels for Poirot to remain roughly the same age as long as he does, and that they wanted the series to be cohesive. However, in that case they simply shouldn't have filmed Third Girl, which is absolutely dependent on its setting for effect. Changing the time period meant they had to change the entire ending to something really stupid and unrelated to the book, since the drug culture famously associated with the 1960s (LSD, etc) did not exist in the '30s. The entire POINT of this novel was for Christie to use '60s drug culture as a new idea for a mystery--a modish London girl, living with roommates in a flat, victimized by being given a cocktail of drugs and then framed for murder.The details they do keep from the book, such as Mrs. Oliver's nickname for David--"the Peacock"--cease to make sense in the film. I've always assumed that the nickname is a nice reference to the so-called Peacock Revolution in men's fashion in the 1960s, in which David takes part (to his elders' bewilderment!). Mrs. Oliver, as Christie's literary avatar of herself, remarks that she likes to keep up with the times for her novels. Ditto for Dame Agatha. It does her a terrible disservice to eliminate the setting into which she put so much effort, right down to the "modern" wood-grained wallpaper in Norma's flat.For the period detail really is the best thing about Third Girl. The novel is rather repetitive and not one of her very best, although there are some clever elements that are vintage Christie (such as the numbers on the apartment doors...). I also found the ending to be disappointing: Norma is an heiress and, once off drugs, perfectly healthy. There is no reason why she couldn't live a fabulous independent life as a single girl in London in the Swinging Sixties. That ending would fit perfectly. Instead, Christie marries her off to a man she barely knows, although admittedly Dr. Stillingfleet is a memorable character whom I like. A psychiatrist cannot marry his patient and keep his license to practice, or at least not now; I don't know about 50 years ago. However, Christie dodges the issue by making him state repeatedly that Norma is not officially his patient and he is just being a friend to her--and that she will "run" him instead of vice versa when they marry. Still, it comes across as Christie wanting a happy ending but not knowing how to create one that is as modern as her setting, and falling back on the classic Poirot-as-matchmaker of earlier works.Overall, maybe not her very best book but still quite good in places and much better than the film!

  • Mohamed Shoaib
    2018-12-20 04:53

    تأتي فتاة لبوارو في وقت مبكر لتخبره انها تريد مساعدته .. تعتقد انها قد ارتكبت جريمة قتل او لم ترتكبها ! واحدة من اقل القصة متعة من مغامرات بوارو لكن حبكة اللغز جيدة جدًا

  • Gabriele
    2019-01-07 08:30

    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 ucciso qualcuno".Da queste parole, ed altre che feriscono il nostro egocentrico investigatore, si mette in moto tutta la storia e attraverso vari personaggi la Christie ci rende partecipi dei problemi (e scandali) famigliari di una ricca famiglia i quali hanno le proprie radici diversi anni prima.Attraverso anche l'intervento e l'avventatezza di una sua amica scrittrice, Poirot riesce a mettere insieme le tessere di una grande mosaico, ma del quale manca la parte principale che darebbe significato a tutto: chi è morto?E' questo interrogativo costante che rende frustrato il nostro investigatore privato, a tenerci incollati alle pagine fino alla fine.La soluzione del caso avviene nel momento in cui viene, per l'appunto, scoperto di quale omicidio si trattava e ne viene fuori un piano incredibile e crudele ai danni di quella povera disorientata ragazza che, presentandosi da Poirot all'inizio, aveva dato il via alla possibile soluzione del mistero.E' il terzo romanzo che leggo di Agatha Christie, il secondo con protagonista Hercule Poirot, e devo dire che è quello da me maggiormente apprezzato finora.

  • Gunjan Rani
    2019-01-12 06:33

    I decided to read all thrillers, mysteries, and crimes types of novels during my commute. Because, all the knowledgeable novels can't be read in hustle and bustle. Already halfway through it and don't feel like to put it down when I reach home. But, I do....*Spoilers*I knew it was Mary Restarick, I just couldn't discern she was Frances too. Dayum! Anyway, Third Girl by Hercule Poirot was amazing but not astounding. Some characters were deliberately forced throughout the story which only increased confusion in my little brain and I couldn't solve the mystery myself. Duh! Hahaha! I never thought of the father, the poised, loving father. Well, he wasn't the father really but Robert Ornwell who was impersonating Andrew Restarick after his death. My side of solution involved Mary Restarick involved in infidelity with David. And, it was David who was drugging Norma to make her insane. But, when in the story I found him dead, I was like, Bam! Now what? But, that Frances and Mary being two same person started me the most. Good one it was. Loved it as always. Love Agatha and Love Hercule Poirot.