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Five Little Pigs | [Agatha Christie]

Five Little Pigs

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 divorcee), 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.

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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 divorcee), 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.

This title was previously published as Murder in Retrospect.

©1942 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Kathi 08-11-13
    Kathi 08-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Good, but not Christie's best"

    Hugh Fraser (who played Hastings, the sidekick of Hercules Poirot on the well-loved tv series) narrates this book, as he has done with several other Christie books.

    He did the best he could with this book I think. While I doubt there are actually any "bad" mysteries by Agatha, I would not place this among her best works. It is tedious, and Poirot goes back and forth among the possible candidates for the murderer just interviewing them.

    There is very little action otherwise, and I found myself actually becoming a little bored (almost a first for anything by AC). Don't know whether a different narrator might have spiced it up a bit--Fraser wasn't terribly animated in his reading--though perfectly ok in other respects.

    I'd say, if you love Agatha Christie, this should be on your listening/reading list so you can complete the works. It is not bad--it just is not up to the usual quality of her writing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Newark, DE, United States 11-05-12
    Thomas Newark, DE, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A Top Notch Mystery"
    Where does Five Little Pigs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Five Little Pigs ranks among some of the best audiobooks I've listened to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story was very suspenceful with a great twist at the end.


    What does Hugh Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Fraser always does a good job with characterizations, listening to him read a book is like listening to an old time radio show, the book comes to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was emotionally satisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best of the Piroit mysteries, Christie really grew as a writer as she developed the character. Piroit developed from a Sherlock Holmes knock off to a detective with a distinctive personality who ended up being quite unique in the annals of detective fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Moira L. Mefein 05-28-14

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    "Intriguing Challenge for the Belgian Investigator"
    If you could sum up Five Little Pigs in three words, what would they be?

    Stimulating but melancholy


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was interesting, but I felt it could have been beefed up a bit more. Saying more would create spoilers, but it would have been nice to have a deeper reason for the youngster who was sent away to have been suspected.


    Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favorite?

    Hugh Fraser was terrific for the entire range of characters. Given the variety of ages and the fact that there were both genders, he did one heck of a job of delivering the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Didn't make me laugh or cry, but if the plot had occurred in real life it would have made me very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth reading twice, just to catch up on all the plot details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Spokane, WA, United States 11-21-12
    Kathy Spokane, WA, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Don't let the name scare you away!"

    This was a very well-told, engrossing mystery that I thought I had figured out several times - enough said about that!
    I highly recommend this book on every level - great characters, action, suspense and a wonderful feel for the period of summer houses, England, and the great performance by Hercule Poirot himself. The way he solved this mystery was seemingly simple (which is why I thought I had solved it) but was clever because he had each character involved in the murder write a summary of what happened - 16 years later. And it takes little grey cells to unravel the truth.
    Hugh Fraser is so consistently good I am in awe of his talent - his reading of the characters makes you forget you're not there listening to them speak.
    Don't miss it.

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    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 06-09-14
    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 06-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The twested to an artest's death"
    If you could sum up Five Little Pigs in three words, what would they be?

    Surprise ending twist


    What other book might you compare Five Little Pigs to and why?

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    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    As always his crisp separation of characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the final statement of the murderess was an eye opener


    Any additional comments?

    AC may have written in the 1930-40's but they have just as much punch today. She was Quite a writer

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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