Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot Series)

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A famous painter's jealous wife is tried, convicted and sentenced to life for his murder. But did she really do it? Hercule Poirot sets out to find the fatal flaw in the perfect crime.
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Overview

A famous painter's jealous wife is tried, convicted and sentenced to life for his murder. But did she really do it? Hercule Poirot sets out to find the fatal flaw in the perfect crime.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
Beautiful deducing.
Times Literary Supplement
Uncanny...brilliant.
Times Literary Supplement (London)
“The answer to the riddle is brilliant.”
Manchester Guardian (UK)
“Agatha Christie never fails us, and her Five Little Pigs presents a very pretty problem for the ingenious reader.”
Daily Telegraph (London)
“A brilliant piece of detective fiction, in which character plays an important part.”
New Statesman (UK)
“Straightforward bamboozling from start to finish.”
Punch (UK)
“As usual, Mrs. Christie hoaxes us with a double twist at the denouement, and provides excellent entertainment.”
Time Magazines Literary Supplement (London)
"The answer to the riddle is brilliant."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425169230
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades. Twenty-four of Christie's best whodunits are now available from Black Dog & Leventhal as part of their bestselling hardcover Agatha Christie Collection.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Great book

    Loved the five different points of view

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Hey

    Sexy lady
    OppaGANGMAN style

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    5Little Pigs

    Boring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Classic British Mystery

    Usual list of suspects for murder but with a twist. Poirot has to find the killer of a murder that happened 16 years ago. He does it with no crime scene to investiage. One of Christi's best.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    An enjoyable read

    This is a fun one where Poirot investigates an old murder that has already been tried and the guilty party convicted. The characters all have their secrets which it is fun to try to guess along with Poirot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Five Little Pigs

    The question of who done it is there to the end. This book didn't hold me as much as some of her others but, it did keep me guessing. A fair read.

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

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    Very awesome and romantic!

    I love this book! The plot is amazing, so are the twists. I love the writing style. Some of the characters were awesome! It is also dramatic and romantic. It is also thrilling at the last few chapters. And the ending was very surprising and I was touched! I really recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    Lower on the list

    Although, I count myself as an Agatha Christie fan,this is among my least favorite... It does seem somewhat repetitive and tends to drag a bit. However, like most of her stories, it was still fun to try and 'detect' the same evidence that Poirot found. Three stars for this point and simply that it is Agatha Christie. Some of her other great works, for those who are newer to the collection: And Then There Were None, Moving Finger, Curtain, Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile. Another Christie-esque book that is a good read is The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie. It gives a synopsis for each of her works, which helps when deciding which book to choose!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    A Long Ago Murder

    Carla Crale hires Poirot to investigate the sixteen year old murder of her famouse painter father who was notorious for his women.Her mother was convicted for the crime but she wrote a letter that her daughter receives many years later proclaming her innocents.Carla wants Poirot to find the truth and to do that he will need the eyewitness account of the five other people who were at the house the time of the murder.Can Poirot sift through the eyewitness accounts and find the truth?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2001

    Excellent.

    This was the first Christie I read, and I thought it was great. Another reader said that he didn't like the manuscripts written by the five characters. I myself found those very interesting. Seeing the time before the murder from five different points of view was entertaining, and it was very well written. To 'skip' those manuscripts was a very dumb thing to do. No wonder he didn't like the book, he skipped through the most important part. The murderer was hardly easy to guess, and the only way you could guess is if you did just that: guess. I doubt it this disgruntled reader knew the motive, or if he noticed any of the clues. Five Little Pigs is very full of emotion. Caroline Crale is a very interesting part, and though we, the reader, don't see much of her, it's easy to relate with her and recognize her emotions. Five Little Pigs is an excellent book, and I highly reccomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2000

    Another good one!

    This was another good one from mystery's greatest writer. The storyline was interesting and the characters were intriguing. I had one small disappointment in that this is the first of Agatha's books in which I figured out the murderer... and why... before Hercule enlightened everyone. This book is definately worth the time invested in reading though.

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