November's Book of the Month - Third Girl

TuppenceTuppence City of London, United Kingdom admin

Three young women share a London flat. The first is a coolly efficient personal secretary; the second is an artist; and the third interrupts Hercule Poirot’s breakfast of brioche and hot chocolate insisting that she is a murderer – and then promptly disappears.

Slowly, Poirot learns of the rumours 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…

This November we’re reading Agatha Christie’s novel Third Girl which was first published in the UK 50 years ago this month. Written towards the end of Agatha Christie’s career, Third Girl is the thirtieth full length novel to feature her famous Belgian detective, and is notable for being one of Christie’s first novels in many years where Poirot is present from the very beginning to the end. Whilst Third Girl isn’t seen as one of Christie’s greatest accomplishments, the story gives readers an insight into how Agatha Christie viewed the swinging sixties.

Leave your thoughts and questions about this story below. Did you enjoy it? Or will you be reading it for the first time this month?

Any questions? Please email generalenquiries@agathachristie.com

Comments

  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭
    This Book Grew on me, I still read it, as I read all the Ariadne Books still but it is 4th Ariadne Book for preference to ,e.
  • CrookedQuinCrookedQuin California, United States ✭✭✭
    I thought it was interesting. From what I remember it does not shine the spotlight on murder (although it is incorporated in the novel, of course)  but it has more to do with--

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    Psychological torture and suicide. From what I remember Norma has some of the best character development and there is a lot of psychological insight within the character that I remember being impressed with. I haven't read the book for a while, but I remember enjoying it although it was at sometimes slow and repetitive. 

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    The ITV adaption made many changes, some for the better as in slimming  down the story a little, but some for the worse so that only the basic plot in the story was recognizable. They cut some characters as well. This story is a very intriguing one, and Agatha Christie will forever succeed in making truly wonderful mysteries with great development of the characters. 
  • My_dear_inspectorMy_dear_inspector Dublin, Ireland Fan
    Anyone reading TTG this November?  How far on are you with it?  Leave a comment please!
  • My_dear_inspectorMy_dear_inspector Dublin, Ireland Fan
    Am leaving it tight to finish "Third Girl" before the end of November (am slow reader - only on page 68!) - but loving the 60's/ decadent feel to the characters and setting - even "The Beatles" are referenced!  Am cheating slightly by following the "Poirot"/ Suchet video at the same time.  My guess?It's one of the other girls - but maybe there's more than one person involved!  Don't spoil it for me but love to get your comments/ hellos' if you are also reading or just a fan.  
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