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Five Little Pigs

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 25
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
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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 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…

©2007 Agatha Christie (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Great book!

I enjoyed this book a lot. The language used is beautiful and descriptive, and the story engaging and well imagined. I also very much liked that Hugh Frasier reads it, as he reads it in a calm and nicely paced way while still making every character distinctive.

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If only all Agatha's books were as good.

A regular old fashioned "Who Done It?" Poirot is a little more low profile, and still solves the problem. The other 5 star listen is a play Spiders Web.. Hugh Fraser gives his usual good reader performance in this. The plot is maybe a little contrived, however it does suit the nature of the mystery.

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  • Angus
  • 07-04-19

Very enjoyable Five Little Pigs

Very well read, only let down by Audible butting in too early at the last sentence

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-16

Fantastic

Love the story and how it's been brought alive by Huge Fraser. On to the next one.

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  • French in London
  • 05-30-19

Fantastic story!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Different from the usual stories as the crime took place 16 years ago. Clever and kept me guessing until the end.
And fantastically read by the great Hugh Fraser.

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  • Luce Briggi
  • 02-01-19

Poirot's cold case

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“Juliet singles out Romeo. Desdemona claims Othello. They have no doubts, the young, no fear, no pride.”

I thoroughly enjoyed Five Little Pigs. Departing from her usual formula Christie shows just how good a writer she is. This mystery is a cold case which did not slow down the narrative, quite the contrary as it turns out. After Poirot is approached by Carla Crale he undertakes what might seem like a futile endeavour. The murderer of the father of his newest client has already been convicted. Yet, in a letter addressed to her daughter Caroline Crale claims that she did not kill her husband, Amyas.
With his curiosity piqued, Poirot approaches the five people who had been with the Crales on that tragic day.
I loved the small differences the characters gave in their recollections of the events leading to Amyas' death. They paid attention to different things, ascribed certain meaning to certain words, gave more weight to one thing than another. Each version has its unique take on the Crales and what really happened.
I loved that it was...sad. There is Christie's usual humour but here it is more subdued. This is a bittersweet mystery that takes readers down five wistful paths.
The audiobook version is superb (I look forward to reading it too).

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  • katherine
  • 11-17-18

Great read

Really enjoyed another book in the series, great ending as usual. la la la la

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 01-13-18

No statute of limitations with Poirot

Poirot investigates a murder 16 years in the past. Five little piggies = 5 witnesses/suspects, 5 perspectives, and the daughter of the murdered man and his wife who was convicted of the crime, who wants to know the truth before she agrees to marry.
Without any official status, HP succeeds in obtaining the testimonies of those 5 and finds out what actually happened.
HF narrates well, as usual.

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  • N. Dyne
  • 09-25-17

best AC I've heard so far

clever plot. good characterisation. lovely structure which makes it a really solvable puzzle first one I listened to with HF as narrator, maybe I've been a bit harsh on him.

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  • Mr
  • 03-25-17

Tiresome cold case

Slow moving cold case, lacking any excitement or urgency. Story is still ok, but nothing special, unlike the other Poirot books. Hugh Fraser is of course magnificent

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-19

great book.

great book. the ending does seem abrupt but it's all wrapped up in the end.

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  • Jason
  • 07-15-17

Some technical glitches

All round a great production but right at the end there is an abrupt end, sometimes to do with the editing. It really puts a dampener on it.