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  • The Third Girl

  • Molly Sutton Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Nell Goddin
  • Narrated by: Becket Royce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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The Third Girl

By: Nell Goddin
Narrated by: Becket Royce
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Summary

Meet Molly Sutton, 38 years old and out of work, who moves to a village in France 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.

©2015 Nell Goddin (P)2015 Nell Goddin

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Dreadful, banal and clearly no knowledge of French provincial life.

Terrible, inaccurate and , to be quite honest, the worst book I have ever
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  • happyjo
  • 27-07-19

The third girl

A very enjoyable book. This story has such interesting characters and the town was charming. Murder mystery!

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  • Shakira McCoy
  • 23-04-19

Great First Novel

"The Third Girl" is a great beginning to the Molly Sutton Mysteries series. It was very gripping and Molly was a delight to read about. However all the detective work is really done by the actual police. Molly just so happens to keep running into clues or making fantastical leaps. I read more about her fascination with the house whose owner hangs their La Perla underwear to dry than any active sleuthing Molly may have done. The author put more time into describing Molly getting aquainted with her new home town than making it seem like she had any detective or busybody tendencies that you would expect from the main heroine of a detective/mystery novel. But that is understandable as the author does have to world build for this series and introducing characters and their histories is important.

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  • cathy
  • 27-08-18

intriguing Story but flat delivery

The story line was interesting enough to keep me wondering who dunit, but delivery terrible.

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  • Ian
  • 06-05-18

Rather twee

Story was OK, but American accent was somewhat out of place at times. Wouldn't listen to any more books in the series

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  • J. Brown
  • 31-08-17

The reading is excellent, the rest.....

This book was very boring. i don't know what made me listen to the whole book, but it was a complete waste of my time. There really wasn't a story., and the ending??? That had to be the most pathetic excuse for solving a crime ever in the history of fictional crime solving. I don't want to give spoilers, in case others actually chose to waste their time and a credit, but the reasoning for the crime being solved could have been explained in many other ways. The narrator is wonderful.

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 12-01-16

Fun cozy mystery set in French countryside.

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The Third Girl by Nell Goddin is the first book in the Molly Sutton Mysteries, which is a delightful cozy mystery set in the French countryside. The story begins within hours of Molly Sutton arriving from Boston to a quaint village in France. Seeking a fresh start after a failed marriage, Molly purchases an old rundown country house near where she once attended college. Molly desires nothing more than to enjoy the community's good food and slower lifestyle. However, within a few days of moving into the area, one of the local art students vanishes without a trace. The rest of the story is figuring out what happened to the young woman.

I really enjoyed this story, which is well plotted and well written. What I loved most is the dialog between the characters as it flows naturally as if the reader is listening in on their private conversations. And the "who did it" caught me completely by surprise. As someone who frequently judges books by their covers, it's a shame the cover isn't more revealing of the delightful book inside, like so many othe cozy mystery covers are like.

I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Becket Royce who did an excellent job. Her style is very natural and conversational, with differing voices for all characters. In short, I definitely recommend this audiobook for fans of cozy mysteries!

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  • Dr. Nancy J. Arnfield
  • 07-01-23

Unlikely to move to book 2.

The writing simple, the reader undistinguished and without characterizations. Repititious use of so many phrases and descriptors.

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  • Sherrie L. Colbourn
  • 19-11-22

Distractions

There was too much sexual innuendo and talk about breasts that did not add to the story or help build a character study. It slowed the pace.

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  • Dawn
  • 21-05-18

Intriguing first book in a new series

Nell Goddin has crafted an intriguing first book in her new series. It is well written and the characters are well developed. With plenty of twists I highly recommend this book to cozy mystery fans.

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  • Heather Burwell
  • 29-09-17

Slow and Disjointed

This one had great potential but never really took off. A lot of filler that just made the story messy. There were so many miscellaneous characters that did not add anything to the story. No clear profession in the story or build up. It was suddenly solved and then over. I still have no idea how we got there. No real crime solving occurred.

The narrator is what kept me listening.