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Five Little Pigs (1942)

de Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie's ingenious murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, yet there were five other suspects: Philip Blake (the stockbroker) who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist) who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcee) who had roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess) who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister) who cried 'wee wee wee' all the way home. It is sixteen years later, but Hercule Poirot just can't get that nursery rhyme out of his mind...… (mais)
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    Hickory Dickory Dock de Agatha Christie (Usuário anônimo)
    Usuário anônimo: Both books are similar with their references to nursery rhymes. Though the books are different in its scenarios.
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I hate the Yankees. I think that it is required if you are a true baseball fan and you live in a baseball town outside the State of New York that you hate the Yankees. You don't even have to be living in Boston. It is pretty much universal. There are exceptions made for transplants, relatives of players, casual fans, etc., but basically it holds true.

But I have to admit that I like Mariano Rivera.

You have to like him because he is the best ever at what he does and he doesn't make a big fuss about it either. For the non-baseball folks and my friends from across the pond who don't watch baseball (some do) and may not know him other than by name, Rivera is the closer for the New York Yankees and he is the best closer in the history of the game. Not by a little, either. And he does it with one pitch---cut fastball. He may monkey around with a change or whatever, but it is basically going to be one pitch. Cut fastball. What makes it special is that he can perfectly place this pitch wherever he wants to for a strike and the ball has such natural movement that it just isn't in the same place when it gets to you as where you started swinging. The result is either a swing and miss or a poorly executed hit that winds up with the ball in the first baseman's glove long before you get to first. If Rivera is on the mound in the 9th it means that you have already lost the game.

More people have walked on the moon (12) than men who have scored against Mariano Rivera in the postseason (11).

Agatha Christie has her stats too. If you don't count the Bible or Shakespeare, she the best selling author of all time. Her novels have sold about 4 billion copies. "Ten Little Indians" alone has sold over 100 million copies. She has been translated into at least 103 languages. Christie's stage play "The Mousetrap" has been running continuously since November 25, 1952.

She doesn't write classics and makes no claims to be a "great" writer. And just like Mariano Rivera, she doesn't need an arsenal of tricks. No last minute characters, no hidden information, no unreal coincidences---just a cast of 5 to 10 characters, a simple method of death, limited venues, and every single thing you need to know to solve the case. And 9 times out of 10 you will walk away shaking your head, wondering how you missed it. She is the best that ever was at what she does.

Five Little Pigs is a classic example of her art. She did love her nursery rhymes with titles like Ten Little Indians, Hickory Dickory Death and others.

A simple plot. The daughter of a convicted murderess comes to Poirot (my favorite detective second only to Holmes himself) with a request. She wants him to re-investigate the 16 year old murder to determine if her mother really did kill her father, a temperamental artist with a thing for younger women. Her mother died a year after her conviction, but all of the other characters (including the 5 principal witnesses/suspects) are still alive---and willing to be interviewed by Poirot. You can see why this novel was originally entitled Murder in Retrospect.

The story breaks down into three parts. Poirot interviews them all. He asks them to each write down their recollections of what happened which we then read. Finally, in part 3 Poirot explains what really happened 16 years ago. Sounds simple?

It is actually; but I bet you won't figure it out. I guessed a small portion of the resolution. A squibbler to the second baseman and I am thrown out before I get halfway to first. Christie will give you every detail you need to solve the murder. Some of them several times. But I doubt you will succeed as Poirot does. He will make it look easy.

She isn't just clever at thinking up puzzles. Along the way you will be treated to witty dialogue, interesting characters that behave like real people, dry humor, a calm sense of reserve that is perfect for these types of stories and a return to a simpler time and place. Masterful in every way. Just like Rivera would never attempt to pitch a complete game, Agatha Christie never attempted to write a literary classic. She did however, write these types of mysteries better than anyone ever has and, judging by how many people love her work, I am not the only one that thinks so.

If you haven't read any Christie, you should. Either this one or "Ten Little Indians/And Then There Were None" or maybe "The ABC Murders." Others may have different favorites. In the 80 or so books she wrote, both novels and short story collections, there is hardly a dud in the bunch.


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  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
I so clearly remember the television version of this. Still fabulous. Another cold case . . .
  mullinstreetzoo | Feb 12, 2021 |
Great writing that has not aged with time. Characters were believable and the situation intriguing. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
"Five Little Pigs" is my favourite Hercule Poirot book, and probably my 2nd favourite Christie work (beyond the dazzling "And Then There Were None").

Years after her mother died in a jail cell, a murderess' daughter comes to Poirot to ask him to re-open the case. Through lengthy interviews with the five others present on the day of an artist's murder, Poirot must unravel the haze of time present and past to uncover the true murderer. There is something so psychologically compelling in these characters, particularly the artist's self-absorbed mistress, that draws this above Christie's usual output. And although the artist and his wife are only seen through five different accounts, they come across as some of the most layered characters Christie ever produced. Poirot himself isn't all that relevant (indeed, many of the post-war novels seem to wish he wasn't in them), but only someone of his decades of experience could have unravelled this one.

Poirot ranking: 1st of 38. ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
One of the more interesting of her books. The crime took place 16 years previous and now, the daughter, wants to prove her mother not guilty of the crime she died for 15 years earlier. Interesting from the point of view that most of the clues come in written accounts he gets the five main players to write for him. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
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Christie, Agathaautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Adams, TomArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Fraser, HughNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Laine, Anna-LiisaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
López Hipkiss, GuillermoTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Savonuzzi, ClaudioContribuinteautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Tedeschi, AlbertoTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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"Five little Pigs" and "Murder in Retrospect" are the same work. It was first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in May 1942 under the title of Murder in Retrospect, and later in UK by the Collins Crime Club as Five Little Pigs.
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Agatha Christie's ingenious murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, yet there were five other suspects: Philip Blake (the stockbroker) who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist) who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcee) who had roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess) who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister) who cried 'wee wee wee' all the way home. It is sixteen years later, but Hercule Poirot just can't get that nursery rhyme out of his mind...

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