The Third Girl

The Third Girl

by Nell Goddin

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Meet Molly Sutton, 38 years old and out of work, who moves to the French village of Castillac to recover from the end of her marriage. She's looking for peace, beautiful gardens, and pastry--a slower, safer life than the one she'd been living outside of Boston. But you know what they say about the best intentions...

Molly has barely gotten over jet-lag before she hears about a local student's disappearance. In between getting her old ramshackle house in order and reveling in French food, Molly ends up embroiled in the case, along with the gendarmes of Castillac. And unlike the Nancy Drews she loved as a child, this mystery stirs up emotions she thought had been put to rest..and terrifies the residents of her beloved village.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157849542
Publisher: Beignet Books
Publication date: 12/24/2015
Series: Molly Sutton Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 18,218
File size: 713 KB

About the Author

Nell Goddin has been a writer and mystery fan since reading Agatha Christie with her best friend on long summer days. She's a lover of all things French and has two children, two cats, and two dogs (both mutts with no sense of dignity whatsoever).

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The Third Girl 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written mystery. The characters are all very believable and I was unable to identify the culprit until Molly did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt bear to stop and put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I now have to get busy and buy the other books in the series! The just sweet nature of Molly and her determination to get her bed and breakfast started even in the middle of a missing young girl that turns out to be a murder!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I started if early this morning, and just finished it. I loved the setting a really liked the characters, especially Molly. It was a well developed mystery, and I will definitely read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining. Good pace. Addicting characters.
MysM More than 1 year ago
Idyllic Village or Maybe Not This is the first in the Molly Sutton mystery series by Nell Goddin, The Third Girl. A new author to me, Goddin has set her stories in a fictitious village in France, Castillac where the the gendarmerie consists of 3 officers and everyone knows everyone else's business or at least appears to know it. The sixth book in this series was published in Dec/16 and while the characters develop through the series, each book is a standalone mystery. Molly Sutton is an almost-40 American ex-pat who longs to have children of her own and is putting her life together after a divorce. Having tried various careers, none of which were a good fit, she has come to the picturesque village of Castillac, bought a property with a house, a cottage, and several other outbuildings where she plans to rent her cottage to tourists and eventually to convert other outbuildings to rent as well. She has hardly begun her enterprise and is just beginning to know a few people, when a talented young female student from the local prestigious art school, L'Institut Degas, disappears without a trace. Despite the French law that says police do not investigate missing persons unless said person is a child, Chief Dufort and his two constables are determined to solve this mystery since Amy Bennett is the third girl to disappear in recent years and the first two cases are still open. Suddenly Molly no longer feels safe in her idyllic country setting. This mystery gives a delightful glimpse into French village life and the three gendarmerie have totally different personalities and approaches to their police work. There are lots of suspects in the small town, some of them local and some rival teachers at the art school, while flashbacks to the early history of some of them give the reader lots to think about. We meet the anguished parents who come to stay in Molly's cottage, several characters who haunt the local pub, Chez Papa, and some colourful market vendors. Molly doesn't actively do any sleuthing but tends to stumble upon information and is able to connect tidbits of gossip with the few facts unearthed to suddenly identify the murderer only to realize that he also knows she knows. Best not to retire that small can of mace after all. This is a kind of "cozy" mystery — nothing brutal or gory to speak of — and lots of everyday details of interest, interesting people, and a slice of France to be savoured along the way. There's a glossary at the back to explain the French terms sprinkled throughout the book — nothing very difficult to stand in the way of your enjoyment. I'm looking forward to reading others in this series. I did find the eBook hard to read as the print was quite small; it occasionally opened larger but always on the part I'd finished, not on the part ahead. But the story itself was well-written and extremely enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice, enjoyable story.
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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
First in the Molly Sutton murder mystery series, the Nell Goddin's The Third Girl starts as American Molly, newly divorced, starts her new life in a new country. Evocatively portraying the French countryside and people, author Nell Goddin even manages to imply the switches between languages semi-seamlessly, gradually adding to Molly’s halting vocabulary, and steadily inviting her, together with the reader, into the small-town community of Castillac. Natural conversations balance cultures perfectly with cleverly surprising turns of phrase and a pleasingly French allure. The local bar and boulangerie provide calories, characters and theories aplenty once murder adds to the menu. The local cops bounce from bumbling to sure, with deep self-doubts well-balanced against well-trained certainties. Intuition plays its undeniable part. And America may not be the only place where violent death mars the peace. Rather like Miss Marple in France, with a pleasing touch and possibility of romance, Nell Goddin’s the Third Girl offers great scenery, great characters, intriguing mystery, and plenty of reason to return for more. Disclosure: I can’t remember why, but this and book two were a gift, and I really enjoyed them. Just sorry I didn’t read them sooner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely need to put the definitions for the french wordd at the beginnig not the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish I had found the French definitions before the
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading very much. Didn't know who the murderer was until Molly solved it.
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This is a great book for young people be reading because this is a great story because it talks about having a good relationship with a good guy that ur family would like u to jave in ur life and when u both get married toceach othe and when the guy asksur parants for the ok to date u
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drags on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
... as dishwater. Slow, low, dull.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But the character development took more words than the plot. The story just moved too slow. Would not chose another book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not knocking the French but these investigators we a little stupid so they didn't have must crime in this little village but the law should have had more experience from some training sorry will not be getting any more in this series