Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot #24)
Now, sixteen years later, in a posthumous letter, Mrs. Crale has assured her grown daughter that she was innocent. But instead of setting the young woman's mind at ease, the letter...more
The mystery was 15 years old, about a rash 20 year old who falls in love with an old married coot of 40 years old. He is poisoned, dies and his wife is charged and convicted of his murder. She dies in prison a year later.
She left her daughter (who was five years ol...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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
A 16 year old murder. Enter Poirot to determine if the person that was convicted was actually the person who did it.
He talks to 5 different people separately.
Then he has them write up their accounts and we read about the accounts separately.
Then he comes to his conclusions.
Gosto particularmente dos livros de Agatha Christie pois temos uma história bem construída, com cenários de crime, suspense, pistas para tentarmos descodificar o mistério e a própria solução, isto tudo em livros relati...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
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.
In “Five Little Pigs,” Christie does a great job at providing contrasting characters. It’s a retrospective crime mystery ( with 16 year-old clues), and the true identity of the killer can only be discovered through interviews and journals. This pro...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
Now for my review...
oh my god BEST mystery novel I have read by Agatha Christie!!!!!
It's my absolute favourite type of mystery because each suspect tells his/her perspective of the murder and clues are subtly hidden in their respective stories.
Aaahhh! I'm still overwhelmed by the intestity of this book!
A wonderfuly woven read, if...more
I have no investigator skills, I always fail to guess who the killer his. Both in movies and books. Its sad really! I'm always absolutely sure that the most innocent person is guilty - there is some...more
The last few Poirot books that I have read have struck me as average work. But, here, even though she was sick and tired of writing books for him, this one really impressed me. Why?
Instead of some cheap political gimmick (Buckle) or a cash cow for the holidays (see Christmas), here we have a clever personal story. The motive and the real way it happened all seemed much more plausible than the last few books I've read recently. But there's more!
The first thing in its favour is the...more
Per la giuria non c'erano stati dubbi. A uccidere il geniale pittore Amyas Crale era stata la moglie Caroline, in procinto di essere abbandonata per una giovane modella. Tutte le prove erano schiaccianti e la donna inoltre, durante tutto il processo, aveva mantenuto un comportamento decisamente remissivo, quasi volesse ammettere lei stessa la propria colpa. Sedici anni dopo, però, alla figlia di Caroline viene consegnata una lettera della genitrice che, nel frattempo, è morta in carcere. In essa...more
However: framing it around a nursery rhyme remains an IRRITATING DEVICE.
The book was a fast read once I was able to focus on just the book. As with most mystery novels I have a tendency to figure out the who done it before the reveal. This book already had the how and some idea of the why.
This book centers on the murder of a man 16 years prior. The man was married an artist and a complete bounder who sleeps around. Accused and convicted was his jealous w...more
1. An oft used beginning, meeting with prospective client who introduces the case. However, this time Poirot learns it is a 16 year-old closed case.
2. Poirot meets with everyone who was legally involved.
3. Poirot meets with the (5) people (piggies) who were at the "scene".
4. A written account from each of those people in turn.
5. Poirot re-visits each person and asks them each one question.
6. The oft used end...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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