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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #ThirdGirl by #AgathaChristie #Thirty-Fourth #34 #HerculePoirot #Mystery #ReadChristie2022

Rub a dub dub it's time to eat some grub and by that we mean devour with our eyes the next Poirot! much is out of  our hands!
We must react to challenges and rise to the occasion!
We must sort through the nonsense.
And we must must must RELAX.

Well Poirot is on that page with you, literally on page 229 in Third Girl!

"Peace descended once more upon the room.  Poirot felt waves of fatigue creeping over him.  Too much thinking.  One must relax.  Yes, one must relax.  One must let tension go-in relaxation the pattern would come.  He closed his eyes.  There were all the components there.  He was sure of that now, there was nothing more he could learn from the outside.  It must come from the inside."

Though Agatha is of course timeless, in reality this was written in the Swinging Sixties and as she and Poirot remain constant in their pursuit of excellence, the world has changed and new styles and new sounds including The Beatles have come to the forefront in life.  But mysteries remain!  And murder!  And disarray: the enemy of all.  As Poirot says: "Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose!"

He is increasingly philosophical as time goes by, and with only three more Poirots to go after this one, he shares some more wisdom on page 93:
"But you know, my dear, people are never like what you remember them.  You make them, as the years go by, more and more the way you wish them to be, and as you think you remember them.  If you want to remember them as agreeable and gay and handsome, you make them far more so than they actually were."

Poirot believes you should do a thing well, then leave it alone (p. 2).  It's clear what Agatha does well!  And dried blood on a knife can only mean one thing...murder!  Three girls in a flat, and that is that.  Or is it? Nancy Reagan would love this one and if only they just said NO...'

Third Girl is Recommended by Whom You Know!

Previously on Whom You Know, we have raved about Agatha:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Murder on the Links

Poirot Investigates

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Big Four

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Peril at End House

Lord Edgware Dies

Murder on the Orient Express

Three Act Tragedy

and we took a break from only him and did him with others in Midwinter Murder

and returned to only him with Death in the Clouds

The ABC Murders

Murder in Mesopotamia

Cards on the Table

Murder in the Mews

Dumb Witness

Death on the Nile

Appointment with Death

Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Sad Cypress

One Two Buckle My Shoe

Evil Under the Sun

Five Little Pigs

The Hollow

The Labors of Hercules

Taken at the Flood

The Under Dog and Other Stories

Mrs. McGinty's Dead

After the Funeral

Hickory Dickory Dock

Dead Man's Folly

Cat Among the Pigeons

The Clocks

About the Author
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only in the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She is the author of eighty crime novels and short-story collections, around thirty plays, two memoirs, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott.

She first tried her hand at detective fiction while working in a hospital dispensary during World War I, creating the now-legendary Hercule Prior with her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. In 1930, Miss Jane Marple made her first full-length novel appearance in The Murder at the Vicarage, quickly becoming another beloved and enduring character to rival Poirot's popularity. Additional series characters include the husband-and wife crime-fighting team of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, private investigator Parker Pyne, and Scotland Yard detectives Superintendent Battle and Inspector Japp.

Many of Christie's novels and short stories were adapted into plays, films, and television series. The Mousetrap opened in 1952 and is the longest running play in history. Academy Award-nominated actor and director Kenneth Branagh helmed the acclaimed major motion picture Murder on the Orient Express in 2017 and its sequel, Death on the Nile, starring in both films as the Belgian detective. On the small screen Poirot has been most memorably portrayed by David Suchet, and Miss Marple by Joan Hickson and subsequently Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie.

Christie was first married to Archibald Christie and then to archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan, whom she accompanied on expeditions to countries that would also serve as the settings for many of her novels. In 1971 she achieved one of Britain's highest honors when she was made a Dame of the British Empire. She died in 1976 at the age of eighty-five. The one-hundred-year anniversary of Agatha Christie stories and the debut of Hercule Poirot was celebrated around the world in 2020. Whom You Know will never stop celebrating it!

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