Review: Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
(Hercule Poirot #24)
Paperback, 266 pages
Published February 1st, 2011
First Published May 1942
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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), who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister), who cried all the way home.

Sixteen years later, Caroline’s daughter is determined to prove her mother’s innocence, and Poirot just can’t get that nursery rhyme out of his mind.

My thoughts…

“Listen, Mr. Poirot. Get this-and get it clearly. I’m hiring you to investigate a case of murder.”

“Do you mean-?”

“Yes, I do mean. A case of murder is a case of murder whether it happened yesterday or sixteen years ago.”

“But my dear young lady -”

“Wait, Mr. Poirot. You haven’t got it all yet. There’s a very important point.”


“My mother was innocent,” said Carla Lemarchant.

Carla’s mother, Caroline Crale was tried and convicted of murdering her husband Amyas Crale. Her mother died a year after her conviction and left her daughter (who was five years old when her father was poisoned) a note saying she did not kill her husband.

Poirot takes the case and he interviews everyone connected with the case, police officers, lawyers, as well as the five people present at the Crale's house at the time of his death. Poirot requests each of the five to write an account of what they remember leading up to the murder. By reading these accounts, he believes he will be able to reconstruct the crime and determine who was responsible for the death of Amyas Crale.

I truly enjoyed this whodunit mystery and I was positive I knew who the murderer was… I was wrong!

Happy Reading ~ 


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