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Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot #24)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  19,505 Ratings  ·  889 Reviews
It was an open and shut case. All the evidence said Caroline Crale poisoned her philandering husband, a brilliant painter. She was quickly and easily convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
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
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 17th 2007 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published May 1942)
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sweet jane
Feb 06, 2016 sweet jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μια νεαρή όμορφη κοπέλα επισκέπτεται τον Πουαρό και του ζητάει να αναλάβει μια υπόθεση που έχει τελεστεί πριν δεκαέξι χρόνια. Ο πατέρας της δολοφονήθηκε και για το έγκλημα αυτό κρίθηκε ενοχή η μητέρα της, η οποία όμως υποστήριζε το αντίθετο στο γράμμα που της άφησε πριν πεθάνει. Χωρίς να εξετάσει αποτσίγαρα και δακτυλικά αποτυπώματα, ο Ηρακλής Πουαρό αναλαμβάνει την υπόθεση και κάνει ένα ταξίδι στο χρόνο κουβεντιάζοντας με τους πέντε ανθρώπους που πέρασε τις τελευταίες του μέρες ο δολοφονημένος. ...more
Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca
One of the best Poirot mysteries ever. Listening to this BBC adaptation was sheer joy, and I never knew how my jogging time flew past with Poirot and co. for company. Carla hires Poirot as she believes her mother, who was imprisoned for her father's death by poisoning, and who subsequently died in prison, is innocent, and wants him to prove so. Pour it agrees, provided that he will not tamper with the truth, if the truth is that Caroline, the mother is the actual murderer.
Here enter the five lit
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Laurel Young
Mar 14, 2011 Laurel Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cata
Aug 29, 2015 Cata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Cathy DuPont
My first Agatha Christie and for some reason it was what I expected. Not a thrilling ride, not a boring ride, just a nice, pleasant ride of a read. (Ride both literally and figuratively since it was an audio I listened to in the car.)

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
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Mizuki
This book is not Agatha Christie, a.k.a our honorable, well adored Queen of Murder, at her best. However, Fiver Little Pigs is still a decent murder mystery and I highly appreciate Ms. Christie's sharp observation and how she shaped her characters.
Carol
Jan 10, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a few stressful weeks, I needed another light mystery to smoke through! Reading an Agatha Christie is like eating a small butter/pecan tart or small ice-cream cone. You enjoy the rich flavour and you swallow the entire thing quickly in one bite.

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
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Meli
Mar 09, 2016 Meli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy buen caso. Parecía predecible, pero logró engañarme.

Me encanta eso.
Hajarath Prasad Abburu
The ending is just exhilarating and was as smashing as Iron Man soaring into a Malibu Point Sky.

Mr. Poirot, my heart is still with Sherlock but you are as brilliant as Him!! What a reasoning! I bow to thee
maricar
A bit sad to read through. It’s as if the luster from Poirot’s ‘glamour’ as a detective has lost its strength.

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
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Cindy
Feb 12, 2008 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Shelves: mysteries
In this story, Poirot gets a chance to do something he's never done before - to solve a mystery without a single clue, simply by talking to the people who were involved.

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
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Kavita
May 10, 2015 Kavita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An unique book by Agatha Christie, Poirot solves a cold case. The daughter of a convicted murdereress, Carla Lemarchant approaches him to find the truth behind the murder of her father. Poirot takes it only because of his passion for the truth, but it is not an easy journey. He interviews everyone connected with the case - police officers and lawyers, as well as the people present at the Crale's house party at the time of his death. As always, it is the small things that are often overlooked by ...more
F.R.
Feb 12, 2016 F.R. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The reason ‘Five Little Pigs’ is one of the least well known Agatha Christie novels is that it’s such thin and uninspiring stuff. Hercule Poirot is asked to investigate a mariticide of sixteen years earlier by the couple’s now grown up daughter, the wife having escaped the hangman and died in prison. Those who’ve read their Ross MacDonald will know that this is the kind of thing that can excite the characters’ guilt and passions, and suddenly the danger which existed at the time of the original ...more
Chris
May 23, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hate the Yankees. I think that it is required if you are a true baseball fan and you live in a baseball town outside the State of New York that you hate the Yankees. You don't even have to be living in Boston. It is pretty much universal. There are exceptions made for transplants, relatives of players, casual fans, etc., but basically it holds true.

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
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هدى ناصر
Mar 05, 2016 هدى ناصر rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ان الله يمهل ولا يهمل .. وعدالة السماء ستطال المجرمين مهما طال الزمن
قرأت غالبية روايات اجاثا كرستي في الصف السابع اعدادي
وقررت اليوم ان استعيد ايامي الجميلة مع اجاثا واقرأها من جديد
وتفاجأت بان هذه الرواية افلتت من قراءاتي النهمة
Sara
Mar 06, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Iniya
Jan 08, 2015 Iniya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect read to start the year.. :-) :-)
Susan
Jun 11, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 24th novel featuring Hercule Poirot; preceded by the classic “Evil Under the Sun,” followed by the magnificent “The Hollow” and published in 1942. Even a mere mention of the Poirot titles written around that time show us that Christie – always my favourite author of all time – was on a real roll. Five Little Pigs is not one of her best known Poirot mysteries, which is a shame, as this is a wonderful read.

Carla Lemarchant was only five when her mother, Caroline Crale, was found guilty
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Robin
Jan 16, 2012 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, re-read
3.5 Stars. Not one of my favorite Christie mysteries starring Hercule Poirot, but still really good.

(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
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Kasia
I'm an avid reader of Christie but I haven't heard of this book until I ran across the title in a few favorable reviews, Five Little Pigs ( primarily published under Dodd in the 40's under the name of " Murder in Retrospect") came up a lot so I had to try it and listened to the reviewers and they were right... This is was fun and engaging and piqued my interest throughout the whole sleuthing process, once I was done with it I had to read one more to keep me on that Christie high~ ha-ha...(my sec ...more
Rick Toews
Not bad. Ending was mildly gratifying. No clever or amusing turns of phrase to tickle the mind; still, because I wanted to get to the end and see how the mystery was resolved, I resented having to put the book down.

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
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Scott
Feb 12, 2014 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I'm a huge Agatha Christie fan so it kills me to give her a 2 star rating but this book just did not do it for me. I'm a big fan of author's trying different things but the way this book was written just bored me to death.

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.

No c
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Aaria
Aug 03, 2015 Aaria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ohhh
a very beautiful recreation of a murder which occurred 16 years back!!
Anna Kļaviņa
3.5

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy cried wee wee wee all the way home.

English nursery rhyme
Krishna Sruthi Srivalsan
Reading Agatha Christie is my guilty pleasure. And goodness, she knows how to keep one hooked to her books! Wicked genius, she is.

The unlucky victim in Five Little Pigs (also published under the title of 'Murder in Retrospect') is the renowned artist Amyas Crale, an egoistic, moody, selfish man who thinks it's perfectly okay to carry on with numerous affairs, always expecting his wife to wait for him when he's bored of the other women. His wife, Caroline Crale, is accused of murdering him, but t
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Lynn
Jul 05, 2013 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Today’s post is on “Five Little Pigs” by Agatha Christie also called Murder in Retrospect. It is the 24th Hercule Poirot novel, it is 240 pages long, and is published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers. The cover has a hand with a paint brush in it and fades into a bright orange. The intended reader is someone who loves mysteries but this, like all Christie novels, is so well written that anyone who reads it will have a good time. There is no language, nothing illicit in this but there is t ...more
Brenda Mengeling
Jun 04, 2013 Brenda Mengeling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction, ebook, 49
Somehow, when I was a teenager and devouring all the Hercule Poirot mysteries, I missed reading Five Little Pigs. I am so glad I found it! Murder in Retrospect is an alternate title.

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
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Rubal
More like 3.5

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 in the review I was going to write.
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 reaso
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Eric Townsend
Feb 09, 2013 Eric Townsend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie does it again. Every time I read one of her books and think I know “who done it” I’m always wrong, without fail. She throws so many twists and turns along the way, and just when you think that without a doubt it must be person X, she reveals the truth and you look silly. I imagine Christie got a kick out of that.

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
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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