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Three young women share a London flat. The first is a coolly efficient secretary. The second is an artist. The third interrupts Hercule Poirot's breakfast, confessing that she is a murderer - and then promptly disappears.

Slowly, Poirot learns of the rumors surrounding the mysterious third girl, her family, and her disappearance. Yet hard evidence is needed before the great detective can pronounce her guilty, innocent, or insane.

©1966 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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Did she...or didn't she...that IS the question!

Who is the nefarious soul in this Christie tale? Could it be the young woman who confesses to Poirot that she has murdered someone (and exactly WHO has she murdered)? That would be entirely too simple and would not require the use of Poirot's "little gray cells"! Perhaps it was the young artist who pursues a relationship with this woman; maybe one of her flatmates - one of whom works for her rich (and almost blind) uncle. As usual, the cast of characters (and potential culprits) is large and leave one with any number of possible solutions as to the identity of the murderer. Hugh Fraser's narration is also "spot on". The inclusion of Ariadne Oliver, and Poirot's exasperation with her, is always a quirky, enjoyable part of a Poirot storyline as well.

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convoluted and unengaging

I've really come to like the character of Ariadne Oliver, the mystery writer, who I kind of imagine as a mix of Agatha Christie and Miss Marple. And an older Poirot is good too.....but the actual mystery is too convoluted for it's own good. Not a complex mystery, but a muddled tale that is hard to follow and unsatisfying.

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An interesting girl

The narrator kept you interested by the different voices of each character. The plot was very complicated and complex. High quality well listen again.

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Loved this book

I had watched this first so even though I knew what would happen it did not make any difference the book was much better. This book felt more complicated than normal but I enjoyed the change.

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Always an enjoyable listen

What made the experience of listening to Third Girl the most enjoyable?

It is another delightful mystery romp with Hercule Poirot featuring mystery writer, Ariadne Oliver as Poirot's sidekick. And I always, always, enjoying Hugh Fraser's narration.

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This is another interesting Christie novel. The book is set in the early 60's. I really enjoyed the interaction between Poirot and Ariadne Oliver

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A bit confusing

The narration was great but the storyline was a bit confusing. Agatha has written better but would definitely listen to again.

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Third Girl is First Rate!

Lots of suspects and plot twists. Hugh Fraser is his typical outstanding self. I could not put it down and listened to the whole volume in a single afternoon.

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Agatha Christie is incomparable

There is no one that ever quite reaches her level again and again each mystery writer is compared to her and so very few can come close to her genius

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A little ambivalent...

This was my first Poirot story, so I had really high hopes/expectations. Firstly, the juvenoia, especially towards young girls, was interesting to read because it reminded me a lot of things you’d hear nowadays about Gen Z and millennials, though it was a little frustrating at times because I couldn’t tell if Christie was condemning this kind of sexist talk that keeps coming up or simply representing how people spoke about young women in her time (or both?).
The voice actor is fantastic! Each character was unique. I loved Mrs. Oliver! Smart, quick on her feet, brave, funny, overall a cutie.
The book dragged on a few times and felt like it was getting nowhere, and then everything sort of happened all at once. In all honesty, the ending kind of felt like a Scooby Doo reveal where everything got tidied up really quickly. Something happens at the end that was sort of brushed over and felt like a quick fix to a bigger problem.
Overall I was definitely interested in the story, but I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed at the end.

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Another great Christie Mystery

While being slightly different from the Suchet adaptation it was thrilling to puzzle out the end with characters I enjoyed from the adaptation.