Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

The grand dame of the golden age of mysteries, Christie's characters capture the minds of young readers with each new generation.

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Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.62 x 6.85 x 4.19
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group; Reissue edition (February 1993)
  • ISBN: 0425093255

    Reader Reviews
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful: Well-written but not my most favorite Christie book, September 24, 2002 Reviewer: Priscilla Stafford from Yokohama, Japan When Caroline Crale is accused for the murder of her husband, Amyas Crale, no one supposes that she could be in any way innocent. After Mrs. Crale dies only one year after being tried and convicted, the murder is laid to rest. But now 16 years later, the Crale daughter, Carla, is given a letter from her mother. Mrs. Crale had written the letter before her death, in which she explicitly says she wasn't guilty of murder. Now Carla is determined to know the truth and hires the best person for the job, the remarkable Hercule Poirot. But can Poirot solve a murder which took place 16 years before? Agatha Christie certainly spins a terrific story revolving around a murder which has been laid to rest for 16 years. Throughout the story we are given different points of views from different characters. This novel truly defines the meaning of 'in the eye of the beholder' since everyone has a different account to tell, a different viewpoint, and a difference in remembering facts. Though Poirot will never have the chance to meet the victim (Amyas Crale) or the supposed murderess (Caroline Crale), with the help of interviewing the people involved long ago. Part One tells about Poirot's interviews with the counsel for the defence, counsel for the prosecution, the solicitors, the police superintendent, and the five witnesses. Then Book Two focuses on the narratives of the five witnesses and the conclusion to the story. Here's a quick introduction to the five witnesses (and suspects!). The title, "Five Little Pigs", refers to these five characters; Philip Blake - went to market: Best friend to the murdered victim, has good business sense and is a very precise man. Could he have devised the perfect plan to kill? Meredith Blake - stayed at home: The perfect example of a English country gentleman. Loves nature and has a very quiet temperament, but could he actually be a murderer? Elsa Greer - ate roast beef. She falls in love with Amyas and finds nothing wrong with stealing him from a lovely wife and daughter. Extremely greedy and selfish, could she kill her lover? Miss William - got none. A governess in the Crale household, she was soon going to be dismissed from teaching Mrs. Crale's young sister. Also has a distaste for men, and was angry at Amywas for wanting to leave his wife. Angela Warren - cried all the way home. Disfigured sister of Mrs. Crale, had many fights and arguments with the murdered man. Everyone has a motive, and everyone seems to be hiding something. Who is the murderer and what had exactly taken place on that fateful day of Amyas' death? After reading to almost the conclusion, you'll probably have an idea what had happened. But I most assure, Christie has plenty of surprises and twists and turns for you! "Five Little Pigs" is certainly well-written and should not be missed, but it's not one of my most favorite Christie stories. And some people might find it a bit repetitive though that's the beauty of the whole story, how everything meshes together subtly. I recommend you read "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" if you have never read any of Agatha Christie's mysteries before.

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