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Five Little Pigs: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) Paperback – February 1, 2011
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“A brilliant piece of detective fiction, in which character plays an important part.” (Daily Telegraph (London))
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“As usual, Mrs. Christie hoaxes us with a double twist at the denouement, and provides excellent entertainment.” (Punch (UK))
“Agatha Christie never fails us, and her Five Little Pigs presents a very pretty problem for the ingenious reader.” (Manchester Guardian (UK))
From the Back Cover
Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoningher husband, but just like the nursery rhyme, therewere five other “little pigs” who could have done it:Philip Blake (the stockbroker), who went to market;Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist), who stayedat home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcée), whohad her roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devotedgoverness), who had none; and Angela Warren (thedisfigured sister), who cried all the way home.
Sixteen years later, Caroline’s daughter is determinedto prove her mother’s innocence, and Poirotjust can’t get that nursery rhyme out of his mind.
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The crime in this book is the murder of the brilliant painter Amyas Crayle. His wife is convicted of the crime and sent to prison. However, their young daughter is now of age and receives a letter from her mother professing her innocence. The daughter turns to the famous Hercule Poirot for help. If the wife is innocent, Poirot must look a the five people who were present at the time of the crime---hence, the "five little pigs." In true nursery rhyme fashion, one little pig went to market (financial counsellor), one little pig stayed home (thanks to an inheritance), one little pig had roast beef (had made a good marriage), one little pig had none (retired teacher with limited income), and one little pig cried all the way home (a woman with a disfiguring facial scar).
One of the most interesting aspects of this book is that Poirot will get an account of the murder from each of the five characters. At the end of these five accounts, you will have all the information that Poirot has and can try your hand at out-detecting the master.
This is a great detective story and, in my opinion, one of the best by Agatha Christie.
The Plot: Carla Lemarchant,a young Canadian woman planning on being married in the near future, visits England to hire Hercule Poirot. Sixteen years in the past her mother Caroline had been arrested for the murder of her husband Amyas Crale. Crale was a famous painter. His poisoned body was found in the garden of his estate Hardcross Manor in Devonshire. The five suspects (hence the "five pigs" designation) are:
Phillip Blake-The best friend of the victim. Blake is a businessman. He tells Poirot that Mrs. Crale was guilty.
Meredith Blake-Phillip's brother who informs Poirot that Amyas Crale was having an affair with Elsa Greer a sexpot who was several years his junior. "Merry" is an expert on herbs and poisons.
Elsa Greer-the much married wealthy woman who was Crale's lover. She was posing for Crale on the September day when the painter was found dead after drinking a cold beer.
Cecilia Williams-the elderly nursemaid for Carolyn Crale's half sister. She believes in Mrs. Crale's innocence, (Mrs. Crale died in prison).
Angela Warren-The half-siter of Mrs Crayle. Mrs Crayle through a paperweight at Angela causing her to be blind in one eye. Every since this childhood act of violence Mrs. Crale has taken good care of her Miss Warren.
What makes this Christie thriller of special note is:
a. Each of the five suspects writes a summary of the events surrounding the murder.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting plot line
This was such a fun book to read! Agatha Christie you've done it again!!!!
Can't wait to read the next one
I have read most all of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot books, this one is not my favorite and to me a little disjointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael R. Larsen
If you enjoy Hercule, you'll enjoy this story. Unlike some of Christies Poirot novels that spend much of the front end with character and story development before Poirot enters,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Armac
The pace was plodding, unlike other other Poirot books I have read up to now.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer