In Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot is asked to investigate a murder, which happened 16 years ago, by the convict’s daughter, Carla Lemarchant. The victim was Amyas Crale, a genius painter and womanizer, and the husband of the convict, Caroline Crale. Before she died, Caroline Crale wrote a letter to her daughter declaring her innocence, which prompts the investigation.
Poirot learns, on the day of the murder five people were present apart from Caroline and Amyas, Angela Warren, the half-sister of Caroline; Cecilia Williams the governess; Elsa Greer, Amyas’ Mistress. Phillip Blake and Meredith Blake old friends and neighbours of the Crales.
The book Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie is unique from other Hercule Poirot novels because there is no crime scene or murder weapon, and the accused is dead. Poirot listens to the recounting of the events of that fateful day through the perspective of all five people.
He observes the difference in their descriptions of Caroline Crale and also, requests each of them to write a detailed account of everything related to the case. He also questions the prosecution and the defence attorneys of the court case and learns that Caroline Crale didn’t put up a fight and accepted the judgement.
This book highlights Poirot’s knack for attention to detail and his thorough understanding of human psychology. I have to confess I didn’t see the ending come at all and till the very end, my mind kept juggling try to find out who was the killer.
The only part I felt a little tedious was the repeated retelling of the same event from the perspective of all the five suspects—the sole reason for the reduced half star.
Christie did her magic like always and I will forever stay in awe of her writing and wit. I couldn’t help but wonder why Five Little Pigs isn’t as famous as her other works, because it definitely deserves a spot among her must-read books.
My favourite quote from the book is:
My Rating: 4.5/5
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