Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot Series)

Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie

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Overview

In Agatha Christie’s classic, Five Little Pigs, beloved detective Hercule Poirot races to solve a case from out of the past.

Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, but just like the nursery rhyme, there were five other “little pigs” who could have done it: Philip Blake (the stockbroker), who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist), who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcée), who had her roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess), who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister), who cried all the way home.

Sixteen years later, Caroline’s daughter is determined to prove her mother’s innocence, and Poirot just can’t get that nursery rhyme out of his mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062073570
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Series: Hercule Poirot Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 103,396
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England

Education:

Home schooling

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Five Little Pigs 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could hardly purchase it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the five different points of view
DirtPriest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Five Little Pigs was the most interesting scenario of all the Christie mysteries I have read this summer, excepting The Labours of Hercules. A young lady asks Poirot to investigate her father's murder from when she was a young child, of which her mother was convicted and died in prison. Caroline, the mother, had written a letter expressing her innocence to her daughter, to be opened when she was 21. The way Poirot smooth-talked the five witnesses, suspects, piggies, whatever that were involved in the poisoning of a fairly famous painter was excellent. And the misleading trail of clues was a well planned trap. For once I thought I had actually solved a murder mystery using Poirot's methods, but I was wrong and overlooked a few clues. I did grasp some of the more nuanced clues and made inferences in the discrepancies of the 5 written testamonials that the monsieur collected for his, ahem, book he was consulting on. Oh well. I don't think the Chritie mysteries are meant to be solved as the clues are often written in misleading ways, and the fun is seeing how they are properly threaded together. I'm glad these books are rather short as I think I would quickly tire of one that was too long.
vanwinklee13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Agatha Cristie does a wonderful job balancing the emotions of all the characters throughout the story with the intense mystery surrounding everybody. The main character Hercule Poirot, a famous private detective, is approached by a young women, Carla Lemarchant, who asks him to to clear her mother's name by going over a murder 16 years previous and proving her mother's innocence. Poirot goes through the tedious process of interviewing all who were involved and reenacting the scene of the crime as well as many other scenes leading up to the death of famous painter Amyas Crale. Carla's mother was charged with the murder after poison was found in the beer she gave to him one warm afternoon. By many accounts she was driven to this point by the arrival of a young women in her twenties named Elsa Greer who swooped in and took Amyas's heart right out of him. She states they plan to marry soon and Amyas will divorce his wife; but Caroline, his present wife is having none of it. Both women fight about this predicament but all the egoistic Crale seems to care about is his painting. However, that is not gopd enough for the women and he ends up dead, poisoned. The case was closed and its horrible memory forcibly forgotten for 16 years, until a determined daughter shows up wanting to know the truth.
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Five Little Pigs, also known as Murder in Retrospect, is written by Agatha Christie and stars Hercule Poirot. I really enjoyed this interesting book. Poirot is approached by a young woman whose father was supposedly murdered by her mother sixteen years ago.. The young woman had only just found out about this on her recent 21st birthday and has asked Poirot to look back over the facts of the murder with his uncanny eye to hopefully come up with a different conclusion.Pirot gathers the facts from the lawyers and the police that were involved in the case. He then interviews the five witnesses in order to get a sense of time and place. Of course each witness has their own slant on what actually happened, and Poirot must use his ¿little grey cells¿ to come up with the truth. In spectacular Agatha Christie style, the last chapter of the book finds Poirot gathering the witnesses together for his dramatic reveal.Kudos to Miss Christie for keeping this book both fresh and interesting while we read about a murder from five different view points. I did solve the mystery, but I suggest that the author wanted us to work it out, to use our own `little grey cells¿ by simply meditating upon the testimony offered. An excellent read and one of my favorite Poirot stories yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is slightly unusual in that it involves the solving of a cold case: and, not just any cold case. It is a 16 year old homicide case for which someone was already convicted-- someone who died in prison.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked two possible killers and got one correct. This book was a little bit harder to read due to the format laid out by the situation of time being in the distant past. But Agatha Christie figured out a way to make sure the story work and work well!
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Usual list of suspects for murder but with a twist. Poirot has to find the killer of a murder that happened 16 years ago. He does it with no crime scene to investiage. One of Christi's best.
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CalypsoBella More than 1 year ago
This is a fun one where Poirot investigates an old murder that has already been tried and the guilty party convicted. The characters all have their secrets which it is fun to try to guess along with Poirot.
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The question of who done it is there to the end. This book didn't hold me as much as some of her others but, it did keep me guessing. A fair read.
Japee More than 1 year ago
I love this book! The plot is amazing, so are the twists. I love the writing style. Some of the characters were awesome! It is also dramatic and romantic. It is also thrilling at the last few chapters. And the ending was very surprising and I was touched! I really recommend this book.