The Third Floor Flat

Short Story

First published: 1950

A Hercule Poirot story


The Third Floor Flat

When a body of a woman is discovered in the third floor flat of Friar Mansions, it is fortunate that Hercule Poirot lives in the same block and is on hand – but can he help? From Poirot's Early Cases and Three Blind Mice and Other Stories.

More about this story

Four young people accidentally stumble upon a body in the flat downstairs. Luckily for them, Poirot was in the area and is soon piecing together the clues.

It first appeared in book form in the US collection Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, 1950 and wouldn’t appear in a UK collection until 1974, in Poirot’s Early Cases.

This story was adapted for the TV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot in 1989 and starred David Suchet in the title role. He was accompanied by Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) and Miss Felicity Lemon (Pauline Moran) in many of the cases, regardless of whether or not they appeared in the original text.

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