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  • Publisher: Emmanuel Proust Editions (28 April 2011)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2848103302
  • ISBN-13: 978-2848103303
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 21.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,246,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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“Mrs Christie as usual puts a ring through the reader’s nose and leads him to one of her smashing last-minute showdowns”
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“The answer to the riddle is brilliant”
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Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, yet there were five other suspects: Philip Blake (the stockbroker) who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist) who stayed at home; Elsa Gree (the three-time divorcee) who had roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess) who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister) who cried 'wee wee wee' all the way home.

It is sixteen years later, but Hercule Poirot just can't get that nursery rhyme out of his mind…

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 79 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is a tribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.

"Mrs Christie as usual puts a ring through the reader's nose and leads him to one of her smashing last-minute showdowns."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By daisyrock on 11 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
Having read a few Agatha Christie's lately, I am happy to say that this is one of my favourites so far. Unlike some others I've tried - The Third Girl, and Sparkling Cyanide for example - the ending of this one is very satisfying with everything clicking into place without being too ridiculously unrealistic (as is the case with the other two novels mentioned). Beautiful period language too - very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jun 2014
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This is the 24th novel featuring Hercule Poirot; preceded by the classic “Evil Under the Sun,” followed by the excellent “The Hollow” and published in 1942. Even a mere mention of the Poirot titles written around that time show us that Christie – always my favourite author of all time – was on a real roll. Five Little Pigs is not one of her best known Poirot mysteries, which is a shame, as this is a wonderful read.

Carla Lemarchant was only five when her mother, Caroline Crale, was found guilty of poisoning her husband, the artist Amyas Crale. Carla was sent away to Canada and she is now hoping to get married, but she is concerned that the shadow of the past will always make her future husband worry about her stability. Besides, her mother left her a letter to be shown to her when she came of age, and that claims that she was innocent. Now Carla turns to the only person she feels can help her untangle the truth of a crime which happened sixteen years ago – Hercule Poirot.

Poirot sets out to revisit the case. He interviews those involved ; from the investigating police officer to the lawyers representing those on both sides of the case. Lastly, he sets out to gain the truth from the five eye witnesses, who were there that day: Philip Blake, Amyas Crale’s best friend, Meredith Blake, Philip’s brother with an interest in amateur chemistry, Caroline’s half sister Angela Warren, her governess Miss Williams and Elsa Greer – the young woman who fell head over heels with Amyas and had stated publicly that she would marry him.

This is a tale of love, jealousy and passion. Poirot’s recreation of the case and his final unveiling of the real culprit is classic Christie. As always, she is utterly in command of her characters, plot and holds you spell-bound. Nobody writes a mystery as well as Christie and, to be, she will always be the unchallenged Queen of Crime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Oct 2010
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'Five Little Pigs' is a typical title for an Agatha Christie novel, as she had a penchant for borrowing nursery rhymes. Plotwise, it's a watertight story, but not as taut as usual. This can be put down to it being a cold case which, as other reviewers have noted, goes over the same ground several times, according to the varied perspectives of the protagonists. When interviewed by Poirot, they seem blase for the most part because they don't expect his interest in the case to throw up anything new. Consequently, there is an absence of tension. As a puzzle then, it might appeal more to a Rubik's Cube enthusiast than a lover of crime fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Urbaniak on 27 Aug 2009
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Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her philandering artist husband Amyas, she raised no defence against the claim and died in prison. She is evidently guilty. Sixteen years later her daughter recieves a letter from her mother assuring her of her innocence, and she entrusts Poirot with the task of finding out what really happened all those years ago...

This is an excellent novel, and has a very different kind of plot to other Christie books. It keeps you guessing up until the last minute and though you know Caroline Crale can't be guilty, you can't see how she could possibly be innocent. It can get a bit repetetive, particularly when reading the five suspects' written accounts of the days leading up to the murder. But this is a neccessary aspect of the plot, and its interesting to see what each character remembered and forgot. The conclusion is surprising and realistic, unlike some of Christie's later books.

To sum up, this is a classic Poirot mystery, and is definitley in the top 10 Christie books. It is highly reccommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov 2014
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Carla - daughter of Caroline Crale who was convicted of murdering her husband sixteen years ago - wants Hercule Poirot to find out who was really responsible. She believes her mother was innocent. Poirot is rather reluctant to take on the case but something about the girl persuades him to do so. He sets out to interview the five people who were in the house at the time of the death and asks them to write their own accounts of that day.

The reader's job - along with Poirot - is to work out who is telling the truth. Is there another possible murderer and has there been a miscarriage of justice? As ever this book is well written and superbly plotted and the characters spring to life on the page when you're reading their accounts of what happened.

It kept me turning the pages and I read it in less than twenty four hours. I never used to be fan of Poirot as I preferred Miss Marple but I'm starting to like his way of working and the sort of person he is. There is no one quite like him in detective fiction.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb 2001
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This is a more unusual Christie novel. The murder having taken place 16 years earlier, Poirot has only the five written accounts of witnesses to deduce the real criminal. The reader therefore, more than perhaps ever before, sees and hears exactly what the detective does, but I still reckon it's impossible to come to his conclusion. If you think the guilty one is the character I did you'll find yourself being described as "stupid" by the master himself. An excellent read that will lead you down many cul-de-sacs before a dramatic climax.
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