Murder in Retrospect (Hercule Poirot #24)
The murderer is exactly the person whom I thought it was. In fact, the hints were heavily dropped throughout the story and they were easy to identify. At first, it seemed confusing and impossible for any of the five suspects to execute the murder and that the murderess was, in fact, Caroline. But as we read on and picking up the little clues, not to m...more
Sixteen years ago, artist Amyas Crale was poisoned. His wife was arrested and convicted of murder. She wrote a letter to her young daughter saying she was innocent. Now the girl is grown and engaged to be married. But first she wants to know what really happened.
Poirot has little work with. He starts by talking to the lawyers on...more
Also published as Murder in Retrospect
Audio performance by Hugh Fraser
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 Re...more
Not often the American title of an Agatha Christie novel is an improvement to the original one, but this is truly an exception: "Murder in Retrospect" nicely catches the basic idea of the novel, whereas the original title "Five Little Pigs" is somewhat tacky and might set you on the wrong foot. No, this book is not about a serial killer used a nursery rhyme as the blueprint for his crimes.
When Carla Lemarchant asks Hercule Poirot for help, she isn't referring to a c...more
Murder in Retrospect, like all of Christie’s books, takes me back to a time when things were written so much differently. The dialogue is handled in a way you just don’t...more
I often wonder, after I read this book on few things.
First, was Caroline Crale blinded by her loves and devotion that she allowed herself a defeat in the court of law without even an ounce of struggle.
Second, was her love so great and...more
I had started to get restless on my Poirot Marathon. The characters seemed uni-dimensional, plot points were getting repeated and I could almost guess the murderer. I started wondering whether reading all these books in a go was a bad idea after all. Then I started reading this book and realized that Agatha Christie had reached her golden age of mystery writing. Awesome!
So we have a young girl Carla Crale, a young girl engaged to be married soon who hires Hercule...more
In “Five Little Pigs,” Christie does a great job at providing contrasting characters. It’s a retrospective crime mystery ( with 6 year-old clues), and the true identity of the killer can only be discovered through interviews and journals. This prov...more
(Note: I gather that some editions were published with the title "Five Little Pigs", but my copy is "Murder in Retrospect", which I think more accurately describes the story.)
Poirot is intrigued to investigate a murder which occurred 16 years previously. Carla Lamarchant knows her mother did not kill her father, though she was tried and convicted of the crime. So who did? Poirot convinces the othe...more
The premise is a promising one, don’t get me wrong: can one resolve a murder that has been resolutely concluded 16 years ago and, for all intents and purposes, left (almost) everyone with no doubt as to the identity of the killer? Poirot hardly thought twice and set off to show the readers just that.
Murder in retrospect, indeed.
In a way, Christie does prove that all one need is the fun...more
"Despite only five suspects, Mrs Christie as usual puts a ring through the reader's nose and leads him to one of her smashing last-minute showdowns." Observer "The answer to the riddle is brilliant." Times Literary Supplement "A brilliant piece of detective fiction, in which character plays an important part." Daily Telegraph "Straightforward bamboozling from start to finish." New Statesman "As usual, Mrs Christie hoaxes us with a double twist at the denouement, and provides excellent en...more
But I have to admit that I like Mariano Rivera.
You have to like him because he is the best ever at what he does and he doesn't make a big fuss abo...more
I made a status update halfway through the book remarking that I knew who murdered Amyas and how.
I was so confident that I had cracked the “Agatha Christie” modus operandi .I even consciously picked up bits and pieces from the book to support my theory.
But I don’t feel any shame in admitting that the magic of the ‘Queen of crime’ is still successful. I was wide off the mark, exactly where Agatha wanted her readers, right in her trap. For this reason, the book went from 3 to 3.5.
Poirot is employed for his expertise, and although the incident took place so many years...more
The Poirot character is portrayed as taking a psychological approach in his investigations. This appeals to me. I believe that, in general, people behave consistently with their characters and that if a thing is observed to be very much out of character, one is justified in looking fo...more
Caroline and Amyas Crale are deeply in love and have, what we can label today, an open marriage. It seems their deal was- Amyas can go screw any woman so long as he got a painting done out of it and as long as he came home to Caroline. Into this open arrange...more
What makes this book unique is that this is essentially a cold case and forensics are not wh...more
Not as full of suspense or intersting as I supposed it to be, this is a story about a trial that has happened sixteen years ago and is investigated again by Hercules Poirot on a special request from the accused's daughter.
Amyas is famous painter who loves his wife Caroline but this doesn't refrain him from getting into affairs .
Caroline is ok with his innumerable affairs as long as Amyas comes back to her.
But, everything changes when young...more
It took me forever to get into it. The Rashomon-style of repeating the story from various points of view, each with their own beliefs and feelings and...more
An elderly Poirot is asked by a young woman to look into the murder of her father 16 years earlier, for which her mother was convicted and then died after a year in prison. The last thing the mother wrote to her daughter, to be opened when her daughter came of age, was that she was innocent. The daughter believes th...more
This is an unusual mystery where a murder happened 16 years ago and Poirot is approached because the victim's daughter wants the truth. After reading 80% of the book, I thought I know who dunnit. Agatha Christie made me b...more
Mais um livro fabuloso de Agatha Christie, tendo como personagem principal o adorado detetive belga, Hercule Poirot. No entanto, desta vez Poirot está encarregue de desvendar um crime perpetrado há dezasseis anos e que, como se isto não fosse suficiente, já se encontra encerrado e o criminoso devidamente acusado! Mas será que a justiça foi verdadeiramente cumprida neste caso?
Assim, temos aqui uma perspetiva bastante diferente do típico mis...more
The structure of the book revolves around the recollection of those who were involved in a killing some sixteen years beforehand. Most of the book is devoted to the written accounts of five witnesses. All the clues are fairly presented, all Poirot's deductions pleasing, fi...more
Carla Crayle, daughter of the victim and perpetrator, doesn't believe her mother did it. Now, thinking of marriage herself, she hires Poirot to investigate.
This is a purely psychological bit of investigation as the clues are long gone and the recollections of those involved have become foggy and scattered. Christie...more
Overall, this story was a mildly engaging read, but nothing spectacular, as I found myself wholly able to put the book down several times at what should have been cliffh...more
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Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880...more
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