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Five little pigs by Agatha Christie

Five little pigs (original 1942; edition 1970)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Five little pigs
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:New York : Berkley Books, c1970
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Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie (1942)

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    Anonymous user: Both books are similar with their references to nursery rhymes. Though the books are different in its scenarios.

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This is one of my many all-time favorites. It was such a nice quick holiday read! An enchanting family intrigue and a wonderful murder mystery with several exciting twists and a row of suspects. Much loved. ( )
  Hanneri | Dec 30, 2016 |
Carla Lemarchant, a young woman of 21, approaches Hercule Poirot and requests that he take over her case: her father Amyas Crale, a well-known painter, was murdered sixteen years ago and her mother imprisoned for the crime; in a letter written to her daughter on her deathbed in prison, which only now has come into Carla’s possession, Caroline Crale assured her of her innocence. Poirot visits the different parties involved in Caroline’s trial and the five eyewitnesses, and attempts to reconstruct the events leading to Amyas Crale’s murder and unmask the true killer.

This is one of the few Christie novels/short stories featuring Hercule Poirot that is based on a nursery rhyme. Curiously for an Agatha Christie novel, almost the entire plot takes place in retrospect, told from different points of view by the surviving five eyewitnesses who were with Amyas Crale on the fateful day, and whoever requires their reading material to feature more action and fewer words will definitely struggle to get on with this short novel. As often with this author the clues are in the details and very careful reading is required to pick up on them. The ending is unusual in that the murderer is able to walk away as Poirot doesn’t have any solid proof to present to the police. ( )
  passion4reading | Oct 26, 2016 |
one of her bests ( )
  katcoviello | Sep 21, 2016 |
Another great story. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jul 27, 2016 |
Five Little Pigs – Agatha Christie
Also published as Murder in Retrospect
Audio performance by Hugh Fraser

4 stars

I do not see the nursery rhyme connection in this story. I wonder if it was Dame Agatha or her publishers who had the fixation with nursery rhyme titles. Hercule Poirot even gives himself a little lecture about his apparent obsession with rhymes. There was nothing especially porcine about the suspects in this story, although there were five of them. The alternate title, [b]Murder in Retrospect[/b], is much more to the point.

Carla Crale Lemarchant approaches Poirot to solve her father’s murder, in retrospect. It is a 16 year-old murder, for which her mother was convicted. Carla believes he mother was innocent. Naturally. Poirot sets to work, reviewing the case, interviewing his five little suspects , and eventually reconstructing and solving the crime. The victim was a famous artist. In addition to the wrongfully convicted (and deceased) wife, the suspects include: his model/mistress, his closest friend, his wife’s half sister, the governess, and a neighborhood herbalist/keeper of deadly poisons.

……minor spoiler………

The plot thickens, twists, and turns. I narrowed my choice of suspects down to two out of the five, but I was wrong. This book was unusual in its conclusion. The true criminal is unmasked, but Poirot has little solid proof. The great dénouement ends abruptly with Poirot stating that he will seek a posthumous pardon for Carolina Crale and place his conclusions before the authorities. And the murderer walks away! I expected some kind of epilog to show that justice was served in the end…… but I got nothin’. Very frustrating.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, HughNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laine, Anna-LiisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
López Hipkiss, GuillermoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amyas Crale had een famous as a painter ... and infamous as a lover. his fiery wife, Caroline, had been as jealous as she was devoted. So naturally it was she who was tried and convicted for his murder.
Now their daughter, Carla, presents the brilliant Hercule Poirot with the greatest challenge of his career - to clear her mother's name by finding the fatal flaw in what, after sixteen years, appears to be the perfect crime!

Meredith Blake stared at Poirot. "My dear man, if she didn't - "
"Well, if she didn't?"
"I can't imagine any alternative solution. Accident? Surely impossible."
"Quite impossible."
"And I can't believe in the suicide theory. It had to be brought forward, but it was quite unconvincing to anyone who knew Crale."
"So what remains?" asked Meredtih Blake.
Poirot said coolly, "There remains hte possibilty of his having been killed by somebody else.."
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 Greer (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…

[retrieved 5/25/13 from Amazon.com]
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After sixteen years
five eyewitnesses point Poirot
to the true killer.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425093255, Mass Market Paperback)

Take one dead lothario; add his jealous wife accused of his murder; toss in a devoted daughter who wants to clear her mother's name, and you get one of the greatest challenges of Hercule Poirot's career.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:10 -0400)

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Fourteen years after the wife of the renowned painter Amyas Crale was sent to the gallows for poisoning her husband, their daughter Lucy returns from Canada. Lucy carries with her a letter that suggests that her mother might have been innocent. Poirot agrees to dig up the past, but he warns Lucy that she may not like what he finds.… (more)

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