- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Facsimile edition edition (1 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007274564
- ISBN-13: 978-0007274567
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Five Little Pigs (Poirot) Hardcover – Facsimile, 1 Apr 2008
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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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Back to the book now... In this mystery, Poirot is looking back at a crime from the past. He is employed by a young woman to look into the circumstances of the conviction of her mother for the poisoning of her artist father 16 years previously. The five pigs of the title are the five principals present at the time of the crime (two men and three women). Poirot privately assigns each of them a line from the "This little piggy" nursery rhyme and his work in solving the crime comes from the telling of the event from the POV of each of the five. Christie's writing is really clever and both she and Poirot are at the top of their game as they mesh the five versions of the same story together. At no time did anything feel repetitive as each of character's take on events took centre stage. You know of course that Poirot gets to the truth so your job is to marvel at how he actually pieces it together. Funnily enough for reasons I can't explain when I first read this book I didn't, as I usually do, try to work out which of the suspects was the guilty party I simply "observed" from over Poirot's shoulder so to speak.
It is a clever and worthy addition in the Christie catalogue and one I'm really glad that I revisited. PS it is worth giving the ITV adaptation a look too!
A 5* read.
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.
It’s also worth mentioning that a big chunk of this book is dedicated to the written testimonies of some of the people who were present at the time of the murder, because it all happened sixteen years ago. This angle on things has been used before throughout literature – a novel written in this style is called an epistolary novel – but it’s interesting to see how Christie took it and applied it to the detective genre.
Overall, I’d say that this is one of the better Agatha Christie books and a nice little Hercule Poirot read, but – almost inevitably considering the amount of her work that’s out there – there are better ones on the market. This has a lot of reasons to recommend it, though!
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