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Five Little Pigs

(Hercule Poirot #25)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  30,451 ratings  ·  1,656 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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Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 15th 1985 by Berkley (first published May 1942)
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Luffy
The best thing that can be said about this book is that you get a lot of Poirot. He is present in almost every page where there are no notes that had been written by the characters. We are privy to his thoughts.

Not only that, but the Poirot we see is almost human. He is normal, foreign, but normal. He isn't the eccentric walking bag of tics that a few generations of fans have grown to laugh at/deride. Despite that, I gave the book 3 stars.

Oh, the story is cleverly written. But we get the same mu
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Dannii Elle
Deceived again! Well played, Christie. Well played.
Melindam
‘What are you going to do?’
‘I am going to visit these five people-and from each one I am going to get his or her own story.’
Superintendent Hale sighed with a deep melancholy.
He said: ‘Man, you’re nuts! None of their stories are going to agree! Don’t you grasp that elementary fact? No two people remember a thing in the same order anyway. And after all this time! Why, you’ll hear five accounts of five separate murders!’
‘That,’ said Poirot, ‘is what I am counting upon. It will be very instructive.’
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Also known as “Five Little Pigs”

One of the best Christie's I've read, sorry to see it's not mentioned more. Christie changed it up a bit by having Poirot having to take apart a crime that happened decades ago. Digging into the past and focusing on interviews instead of actual occurrence and eye witness details. A lot has been forgotten in the small details, and some of it has been skewed by memory and deceit. Like some of her other novels, the bulk of this one is interviews. In between that is t
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Iryna semi-hiatus (Book and Sword)
4.5/5 stars (rounded up)

I am genuinely surprised that this novel of Christie's is not talked about more. This is one of my personal favorites and this time it was actually a re-read for me.

I've read Five Little Pigs for the first time about 7 years ago, and now that I have picked it up for the second time all I could remember was that I liked it a lot. I didn't remember who the murderer was, or how the book played out - so in a sense, my experience was like reading it for the first time.

“One do
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Nandakishore Varma
A really terrific story. Carla Lemarchant gets a letter from her mother Caroline, who has died in prison while serving her sentence for murdering her husband, the philandering artist Amyas Crale- a letter professing her innocence. So young Carla has to go back in time to find the real murderer - and who to employ, other than Hercule Poirot?

There are five suspects (the five little pigs of the title) - Philip and Meredith Blake, Amyas's neighbours; Elsa Greer, the young girl Amyas is painting (and
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Jason Koivu
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery
Another fun whodunnit!

This time around Hercule Poirot is tasked with digging up a 16 year old murder cold case. Everyone is satisfied with the previous resolution, except for one person. And that person asks Poirot to look into it. Of course, once he gets those little grey cells working, he finds something amiss.

In play form, this quicky still manages a modicum of depth within the story and characters, not a trait mysteries are always well-known for! And the plot is just as slippery as many of
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Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Readathon 2017 16/26 Ένα βιβλίο που δανειστήκατε

Έχοντας φύγει για διακοπές με μόνο ένα έντυπο βιβλίο αλλά με πολλά ebooks στο κινητό πίστευα ότι στις 10 μέρες που θα έλειπα θα είχα πάντα κάτι να διαβάζω....
Έχοντας φύγει όμως με ένα βιβλίο και χωρίς τον φορτιστή μου ... καταλαβαίνετε ότι τότε είχα πρόβλημα....

Το καλό ήταν ότι έμενα στην ξαδέλφη μου, το κακό ήταν ότι όταν αποφάσισα να ξεκινήσω κάτι άλλο ήμουν ανάμεσα σε Χημεία θετικής κατεύθυνση, Βιοχημεία Γ λυκείου, Μαθηματικά, Φυσική και Αγκάθα
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Sandra Uv
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5/5

Me ha gustado mucho y se ha convertido en mi favorito de la autora junto a Diez Negritos. Que bien se te daba jugar con los lectores/as , Agatha <3

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Smitha
Aug 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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Anna
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
πανέξυπνο! τα απλά επαγωγικά συμπεράσματα με ενθουσίασαν!
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
Lata
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman brings Poirot an old case with a conviction, saying she wants him to investigate, using flattery but also piquing his interest. She’s convinced that the convicted murderer, her mother, is innocent of her father’s murder, based on a letter from her mother, assuring her daughter of her innocence.
Poirot, naturally, uses his psychological approach, flattering the players in the old drama, playing up his foreignness when necessary to get the Brits to feel superior and magnanimously go through
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David Schaafsma
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 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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Veronique
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5*

“Ah, but my dear sir, the why must never be obvious. That is the whole point.”

Another murder mystery in the past that Poirot has to entangle. And off goes our famous, moustachioed, Belgian detective, exercising his grey little cells and visiting people that were present during the events pertaining to the murder of Amyas Crale. We end up getting several versions of the same scenes, each just a little different. This may not be to everyone’s taste but I loved it, trying to do my own investiga
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Jim
"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"


Another nursery rhyme themed Agatha Christie book. While not one of her best (IMHO) it was still enjoyable. There is the usual formula ... a murder and a small group of suspects. What makes this story different is that the murder took place sixteen years ago.

Carla Lemarchant has come to Hercule Poirot to ask for his
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Cata
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Melindam
‘What are you going to do?’
‘I am going to visit these five people-and from each one I am going to get his or her own story.’
Superintendent Hale sighed with a deep melancholy.
He said: ‘Man, you’re nuts! None of their stories are going to agree! Don’t you grasp that elementary fact? No two people remember a thing in the same order anyway. And after all this time! Why, you’ll hear five accounts of five separate murders!’
‘That,’ said Poirot, ‘is what I am counting upon. It will be very instructive.’
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زكرياء
النهاية واوو .. روعة. عجبتني جدا الرواية وأريد قراءتها بالإنجليزية ومشاهدة الفيلم وقراءتها بترجمة أخرى والتفكير فيها...ياريت لو حافظوا على عنوان "خمسة خنازير صغيرة" بدل مصرع فنان
الرواية عن تحقيق في الوفاة الغامضة لرسام عبقري ومشهور. مر على الحادثة ستة عشر عامًا، اتهمت زوجته بقتله عن طريق السم بسبب غيرتها المفرطة، لأنه كان زير نساء وعلى شك الزواج بفتاة جميلة كان مهووس يرسمها. كان الرسم بالنسبة له في المرتبة الأولى وهذاما جعله يتصرف بأنانية ولا يبالي بمشاعر زوجته أو ابنته. الحكم القاضي كان مخففًا
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Laurel Young
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Carol
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Girish
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Psychology of murder is always a fun space to work with. And Hercure Poirot's Five little pigs is a quick read and a good mystery. The BBC adaptation audiobook made it easier.

A 16 year old crime has to be explained since the daughter of the accused wants to know the truth. With 6 possible suspects who had the opportunity and only the accused with a motive, Poirot reconstructs the crime. He takes 5 stories that are full of inconsistencies of facts and gets at the truth. The actual climax was stil
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Maruf Hossain
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
আরেকবার ঘোল খাইয়ে দিল মহিলা! সারাটা বই যখন হিসেব মেলাতে-মেলাতে সুনদর করে একটা কনকলুশনে চলে আসছি, ঠিক তখনই পাশার দান গেল ঘুরে। অথচ হিসেব আমার ঠিকই ছিল--ছোটট একটা জিনিস চোখ এড়িয়ে যাওয়াতে ধোঁকা খেয়ে গেলাম।

মসৃণ, আগরহোদদীপক একটা সূচনার পর মাঝখানে গিয়ে মনে হচছিল একটু যেন পুনরাবৃততি চলে আসছে। সেজনযে একটু ধীর হয়ে গিয়েছিল পড়ার গতি। কিনতু সেই পাঁচটা অধযায় শেষ হবার পর তরতর করে এগিয়েছে পড়া। যতই সমাপতির দিকে এগিয়েছি, ততই বুঝতে পেরেছি মাঝখানের ওই পুনরাবৃততিটুকুর দরকার ছিল।

পাঁচ তারাই দিতাম, এক তারা কাটলাম সেই
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Richard Derus
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5* of five

This is one of the reviews where I talk about the book and the TV show. I don't know why that pisses people off so much, but it seems to; however, I am all out of fucks to give.

The book, which I read a while ago for the third time but first since the 1980s, has aged reasonably well. The TV adaptation, from Agatha Christie's Poirot 's ninth season, is really excellent and apparently not particularly faithful to the source material.

To be frank, I prefer the show to the book in
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Cathy DuPont
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
fleurette
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is definitely not the best book from Agatha Christie but it is still an excellent read. And I have read some much worse from The Queen.

The thing is that this story is a bit predictable, there are many things important for the story that I weren't surprise to me. (view spoiler)
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Kavita
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, uk
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.
Oct 16, 2014 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
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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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