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Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot #24)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  23,397 Ratings  ·  1,123 Reviews
Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, but just like the nursery rhyme, there were five other “little pigs” who could have done it: Philip Blake (the stockbroker), who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist), who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcée), who had her roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess), w ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published May 1942)
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Dannii Elle
Deceived again! Well played, Christie. Well played.
sweet jane
Mar 29, 2017 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
Shalini
Aug 11, 2009 Shalini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 17, 2014 Cata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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
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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David Schaafsma
Originally titled Murder in Retrospect, Five Little Pigs is one of several books where Christie used nursery rhymes for titles/concepts, such as Ten Little Indians and Then There Were None. In this one, Carla Lemarchant comes to Poirot with a letter her mother had written to her when she died, but only recently come into her possession. Her mother, Caroline Crale, was 16 years ago convicted of the murder of her husband, accomplished artist Amyas Crale, and she died in prison a couple years later ...more
Chris
May 21, 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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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.
Amorfna
Dec 18, 2016 Amorfna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, whodunit
Ovu sam godinu zapocela Agatom, i planiram da je njome i zavrsim.
Tako da od mene - do kraja godine ocekujte samo i iskljucivo Agatu, uvek ocekujte 4 ili 5 zvezdica jer jednostavno, necu da lazem postoje knjige na koje uopste ne primenjujem kriterijume. Ako mi se mnogo svidi bice 5 , ako mi se malo manje svidi, bice 4.
Stavise razmisljam da celu sledecu godinu posvetim svim onim detektivskim romanima kojih se secam iz mladosti ali ih se zapravo ne secam.

Ova godina je bila toliko uzasna na svim fro
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Carol
Apr 15, 2012 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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Kavita
May 05, 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
D.G.
Feb 03, 2008 D.G. rated it really liked it
Re-Read Oct 2016
Dame Christie wrote several mysteries based on nursery rhymes - her most famous is And Then There Were None - because she realized how amazingly horrible most of them are. And she was right. They make such good plots for mysteries!

In Five Little Pigs, Dame Christie introduces a plot device she uses several times in later books when Poirot is older and can't move around as much. The idea that all he needs is to hear the eye-witness accounts, sit on a chair and by using his "little
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Moonlight Reader
Feb 27, 2017 Moonlight Reader rated it it was amazing
An outstanding entry in the Poirot canon. This book is a master class in mystery plotting.
F.R.
Oct 16, 2014 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
Lexie
Aug 21, 2016 Lexie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2016
The next time I read Agatha Christie, I might require a Mariachi band or a distraction of a similarly buoyant variety. Because as it turns out, sitting down in dead silence and focusing too hard results in some very unpleasant results...

... like guessing about 90% of the ending.

Any other book, this would be a "Go, me!" sort of self high-five. With Agatha Christie, however, I'd rather be stupefied, stunned, floored, be made to question my deductive skills and my common sense, and generally made t
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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
Sep 03, 2007 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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RebeccaS
This was an interesting Hercule Poirot mystery because he is hired to looking into a murder of the past. A murder where the suspect was convicted and died in jail, but whose daughter has recently found out this terrible fact and doesn't believe her mother killed her father. I'm not at all surprised that HP took on this case, because it's a brilliant and unique way to work his little gray cells.

The format of this book is a little different. The chapters are separated by each character's narrative
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Ivlas
Mar 08, 2017 Ivlas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flipa. No me esperaba para nada ese final. Te hace creer una cosa, luego otra y al final todo lo contrario.
Scott
Feb 07, 2014 Scott rated it it was ok
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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Iniya
Aug 16, 2013 Iniya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-reads
Perfect read to start the year.. :-) :-)
Mary Grand
I have read this before so no surprises but still loved it. Life has been hectic and I got completly lost in this and the world created.
Fred
Jan 07, 2017 Fred rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
3 stars for this book. This book is quite Agatha Christie typical: nothing overly outstanding about it.

The beginning and ending I really liked; the writing I really liked but I had one issue which I've had with a lot of Agatha Christie books:

In a few Christie books, there is always a section in the middle which is nothing more than Poirot acquiring facts for the murder. We're completely oblivious as to why these facts are there; we're just sitting back and watching him interview everyone. In th
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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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Catie
@maidensofmurder February 2016 Book Choice
Allie
May 07, 2016 Allie rated it really liked it
Felt awfully clever for figuring this one out, but -sigh- since I'd read it before, I guess that's a testament to my memory and not my detective skills.
Adrian
Jul 13, 2015 Adrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ohhh
a very beautiful recreation of a murder which occurred 16 years back!!
sanny
May 18, 2012 sanny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“And I am old, am I not? Older than you imagined?”
“Yes, that, too.” She hesitated. “I'm being frank, you see. I want - I've got to have - the best.”
“Rest assured,” said Hercule Poirot, “I am the best!”


And so begins the first and best murder in retrospect investigation ever written as far as I'm concerned. But when I reached that part about "I am the best!", the first thought that struck me was the realisation that Poirot is, in fact, the Cristiano Ronaldo of fictional detectives. Or more appropr
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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
Feb 19, 2013 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 28, 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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Simona Bartolotta
Jan 08, 2012 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
«Non credo che nella vostra vita vi siate mai preoccupata dei sentimenti altrui. Se lo aveste fatto, sareste più felice.»

Uno dei casi di Poirot che più in assoluto mi sono piaciuti.
Bellissimi gli ultimi due capitoli. Mi sono addirittura commossa; hanno suscitato in me un turbine d'emozioni come raramente mi è capitato.
La traduzione, a tratti, lascia un po' a desiderare, ma tant'è.

C'è una cosa che non sono mai riuscita e mai riuscirò a spiegarmi, della Christie. E' molto semplice: riesce sempre
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Michelle
Apr 01, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Caroline Crale and Amyas Crale....I wept for you both. They are now my favorite Christie's couple. And this story, is my new favorite AC's mystery.

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
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Neil
Sep 11, 2013 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carla Crale is soon to be married, but before she embarks on this stage in her life she wants closure on a dark occurrence of her past. Her father, Amyas died following the ingestion of poisonous hemlock, her mother Caroline was found guilty of the poisoning. This happened sixteen years ago, but it is only now, having read a letter from her mother claiming her innocence that Carla wants the case re-examined.

Poirot is employed for his expertise, and although the incident took place so many years
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Bhavya Mathur
Aug 20, 2012 Bhavya Mathur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Agatha Christie is so good, she is cruel. I had just read Evil Under the Sun(which I did not like much) and I thought I have read too much of her and can almost figure out the mystery myself. With this book, the author mocked me, laughed at me and showed me just why I love her.
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
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Jonathan Sussex
Aug 21, 2016 Jonathan Sussex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A great whodunnit, featuring the well known character Hercule Poirot. My attempts to guess the identity of the murderer were very wrong. Very enjoyable, I think i will read more of her novels.
Huutavakilpikonna
Ihan loistava! Olin varma murhaajasta, mutta päin honkiahan se meni tietenkin. Christie osaa kirjoittaa.
Camila
May 16, 2016 Camila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-gustó-mucho, 2016
Esta mujer es un genio. Me parece simplemente brillante, tanto como la construcción de la trama como la forma en que es contada. Todas las entrevistas con jueces y abogados, para luego con los implicados, sus testimonios y la conclusión. Brillante, absorbente y, hasta conmovedora. Con personajes reales y recordables, los odié, los amé y casi viví todo con ellos.
Segundo libro de Agatha que leo y quiero más, mucho más. De más está decir que disfruto ampliamente el género y más si es de esta gran a
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Leslie
Feb 10, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it
Although I'm reading my first Agatha Christie in years and years, I think I agree with the reviewers who comment that this is among her most literary and psychological efforts. She paints the deepest portraits of her characters and their loves and hates, on which the whole story hinges.

Like so many Agatha Christie novels, it is crafted around a nursery rhyme. The murdered man was a genius artist named Amyas Crale. His wife had been convicted of his murder years ago, and no one had ever seemed 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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“Poirot said placidly, “One does not, you know, employ merely the muscles. I do not need to bend and measure the footprints and pick up the cigarette ends and examine the bent blades of grass. It is enough for me to sit back in my chair and think. It is this – ” he tapped his egg-shaped head – “this, that functions!” 25 likes
“Maybe it is because I am an old man, but I find, M. Poirot, that there is something about the defenselessness of youth that moves me to tears. Youth is so vulnerable. It is so ruthless - so sure. So generous and so demanding.” 8 likes
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