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Five Little Pigs
     

Five Little Pigs

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by Agatha Christie
 

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Take one dead lothario; add his jealous wife accused of his murder; toss in a devoted daughter who wants to clear her mother's name, and you get one of the greatest challenges of Hercule Poirot's career.

Overview

Take one dead lothario; add his jealous wife accused of his murder; toss in a devoted daughter who wants to clear her mother's name, and you get one of the greatest challenges of Hercule Poirot's career.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
Beautiful deducing.
Times Literary Supplement
Uncanny...brilliant.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425169230
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Series:
Hercule Poirot Series
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Agatha Christie was born in 1890. During the World War I she worked as a hospital dispenser, where she gleaned the working knowledge of various poisons. Her first novel was The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920, followed over the next six years by four more detective novels and a short story collection. However, it was not until the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd that Agatha Christie’s reputation was firmly established. In 1930 the sharp-witted spinster sleuth Miss Marple made her first appearance in Murder at the Vicarage. In all, Agatha Christie published 80 crime novels and short story collections. As her play The Mousetrap (the longest-running play in the history of the theater) testifies, Agatha Christie’s detective stories are likely to appeal for a long time to come. Agatha Christie was awarded a CBE in 1956 and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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Five Little Pigs 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the five different points of view
Anonymous 7 days ago
This is slightly unusual in that it involves the solving of a cold case: and, not just any cold case. It is a 16 year old homicide case for which someone was already convicted-- someone who died in prison.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked two possible killers and got one correct. This book was a little bit harder to read due to the format laid out by the situation of time being in the distant past. But Agatha Christie figured out a way to make sure the story work and work well!
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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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CalypsoBella More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Japee More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.