Third Girl (Poirot) Hardcover – Facsimile, 20 Aug 2009
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Three single girls shared the same London flat. The first worked as a secretary; the second was an artist; the third, who came to Poirot for help, disappeared believing she was a murderer.
Now there were rumours of revolvers, flick-knives and blood stains. But, without hard evidence, it would take all Poirot’s tenacity to establish whether the third girl was guilty, innocent or insane.
'Agatha Christie' was born in Torquay 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 79 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is attribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.
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I started taking notes on my phone's notepad application, then when that proved awkward and slow switched to scribbling longhand notes in a notebook. I managed to keep this up into chapter seven. A week had passed, and I was barely making any progress with the story. Perhaps I was noting down too much - but how did I tell what was important and what wasn't? I gave up on this approach and continued reading in the more traditional manner.
Third Girl has an interesting set up for Poirot, in that it isn't clear at the start of the story if a murder has taken place or not, and much of the narrative is focused on investigations that are different from the usual. Christie once again makes great use of her crime-author character, Ariadne Oliver, to add some fantastic comic moments to the plot and keep the story flowing.
It's another good mystery from the leader in her class. Christie puts together a complex plot, and I just about managed to work out one of the key secrets that came at the end, while many more managed to slip past unnoticed and left me feeling surprised at what I'd missed.
It features Poirot and Ariadne Oliver. I think it would have been better as just a Poirot on his own, or perhaps with Hastings helping him. Oliver never seems real to me - perhaps created as a humourous character but I fail to see the charm or fun in her at all.
The plot is a fairly good one, and it reminds me in its structure of another, better, Christie book, but to say which would give you a clue to the solution! There are plenty of clues and red herrings of course, but I reckon some people will be able to work this one out.
I think I found it a bit messy, what with the story and action unfolding in various different places at pretty much the same time. Her village settings often work better because the single location focuses the mind on what is happening.
An easy read, interesting while it lasts, but not one of her more memorable stories.
Without the help of the girl who seems to have disappeared the pair decide to investigate anyway. The quest leads them into all sorts of odd situations and puts Ariadne in physical danger before they manage to work out what is going on.
I really enjoyed this intriguing story and didn't manage to work out what was happening. I like Ariadne Oliver and I think in spite of her apparent flakiness she is a very good investigator. The story is very well plotted and will keep even the most observant reader guessing I think. The clues are there but you tend to misinterpret them. The Poirot series can be read in any order and I am enjoying reading them at random.
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Perfect for those who enjoy a classic English detective and enjoy puzzle solving.