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Third Girl (1966)

de Agatha Christie

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Séries: Ariadne Oliver (6), Hercule Poirot (34)

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Three single girls share a London flat. The first works as a secretary; the second is an artist; the third, who comes to Poirot for help, disappears believing she is a murderer. There are rumors of revolvers, flick-knives, and blood stains. But, without hard evidence, it will take all Poirot's tenacity to establish whether the third girl is guilty, innocent or insane.… (mais)
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When Poirot is visited by a young girl who says she thinks she may have committed a murder, his interest is peaked. How can someone not know that she has killed another person? There have been no reported recent deaths. Poirot believes that there is more to the case than meets the eye. Is the Third Girl the perpetrator or the victim of a diabolical crime?

Norma Restarick is a quiet girl, prone to unpredictable behaviour. Abandoned by her father, she was raised by a bitter mother. On her father’s return from overseas he brings with him a new wife, one whom Norma hates. There are rumours that Norma tried to poison her step-mother which is why she was shipped off to live in London, the third girl in a flat share. She has blackouts, and finds things like bloodied knives in her drawer which then disappear. She not sure what she may or may not have done and doesn’t appreciate Poirot’s interference.

According to those in the know this is a rare later novel which features Poirot from the outset. It is true that he is there from the opening pages until the end but he is helped in his investigation by Ariadne Oliver, the enthusiastic crime novelist.

The more Poirot delves into the history of Norma, and her current situation, the more he finds that appears to be unexplainable. The reveal, when it comes is fiendishly clever, showing the depths humans will go to in order to protect themselves and to get their own way. There are hints that things are not quite right throughout. Norma isn’t particularly likeable, her boyfriend David is annoying and her flatmates seem to care very little for her. Poirot knows that the puzzle doesn’t quite fit together and has to work to make the full picture appear.

This is one of the later adventures of Poirot, set in the 1960s when his star is on the wane and the social and political landscape has changed.

Can someone be guilty of murder if there are no bodies, no crime scenes, no witnesses? Can the mere suggestion that you may have killed someone be enough to convince you that you did? These are the questions Poirot must answer to work out what is happening to or has happened because of Norma Restarick.

A fun outing with the egg shaped man with the little grey cells. ( )
  JanetEmson | Mar 31, 2021 |
Feb. 2021 reread:
While the basis of the plot was ingenious, Christie's comments about life in the mid-1960s England felt dated and, to be frank, somewhat of the disgruntled elder who disliked the culture & attitudes of the youth of the time. But on the plus side, I always enjoy when Ariadne Oliver is a major character. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 24, 2021 |
I love Poirot novels, but this one has been a chore to read. I persevered because it's my goal to read all the Agatha Christie mysteries, and I still wanted to see the solution to the case, but apart from that, it was a pain. It feels weird to give such a harsh judgement because usually I give high ratings - I think I'm quite selective about what I read and what I expect, and rate accordingly - but this one just had too many aspects getting on my nerves.
- Ariadne Oliver: I know many people like her, but she's just not a character I enjoy reading about. Just too much of a female caricature.
- The storytelling: It was just rambling. It was dragging most of the time, it was not coherent, and every time when I thought the pace would get better and the case would finally pick up, the next chapter was about something completely different and slowing down again. Frustrating!
- Sexism: The portrayal of women in this novel made me angry. I know that there are questionable characterizations in many Agatha Christie stories, and usually I put up with them as the Zeitgeist of their time, but this was just too much. Describing every woman who does not act as is expected of her as hysterical? To write about suicide as something unavoidable if a woman leads her life in a certain way? To write lightheartedly about mental illnesses, drugs, psychological problems, and judge every single woman very severely regarding her appearance and her manner? Not ok!
And likewise, it is mentioned several times that it's not possible to distinguish young men from women anymore because they have shoulder-length hair and wear colors now. Seriously??
- The case itself: While I thought that the original premise was interesting and new - a young woman visiting Poirot because she thinks she has murdered someone, but isn't sure of it - the development of the case and the final solution just felt like a mix of previous cases, it was rather predictable after a certain point and I felt like I had seen it all before.
The case still did interest me from time to time and there were some chapters that were a little more exciting, so that is what the one and a half stars are for. But, it's safe to say that I'm not a fan of the later Poirot novels. I really prefer the classic ones, taking place in a village or a country house. This just had too much negative energy and I'm not reading these kinds of mysteries for that.
Of course I'll go on with my project of reading all the Agatha Christies, but next time I'm reading a late one, I'll know to be a bit more cautious about what to expect from it. ( )
  MissBrangwen | Feb 2, 2021 |
I love mysteries but this one just dragged. Too many times Hercule Poirot went over the facts, wasted too much time thinking how great a thinker he should be. I guessed part of the mystery way too soon. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
In which Poirot and Mrs. Oliver pursue an unknown crime, and an unknown perpetrator, and the dreaded young generation.

No good. It’s always interesting to see Poirot – whose liveliness in the ’20s and ’30s has naturally subsided – having to deal with the ‘modern generation’ but, unfortunately, Christie herself still seems to be dealing with them. As a result, "Third Girl" comes off as unaware and confused about itself. The nature of the mystery uses a number of plot elements from previous novels without every distinguishing it.

The Suchet adaptation was passable, although far from the best, and that’s not surprising: very little happens in this novel, and what does happen is eminently forgettable. For Christie fans only.

Poirot ranking: 34th out of 38. ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
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Three single girls share a London flat. The first works as a secretary; the second is an artist; the third, who comes to Poirot for help, disappears believing she is a murderer. There are rumors of revolvers, flick-knives, and blood stains. But, without hard evidence, it will take all Poirot's tenacity to establish whether the third girl is guilty, innocent or insane.

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