Five Little Pigs : Hercule Poirot

  • by Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by Hugh Fraser
  • Series: Hercule Poirot
  • 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 divorcee), 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.
This title was previously published as Murder in Retrospect.

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A Top Notch Mystery

Where does Five Little Pigs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Five Little Pigs ranks among some of the best audiobooks I've listened to.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The story was very suspenceful with a great twist at the end.


What does Hugh Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Fraser always does a good job with characterizations, listening to him read a book is like listening to an old time radio show, the book comes to life.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was emotionally satisfying.


Any additional comments?

One of the best of the Piroit mysteries, Christie really grew as a writer as she developed the character. Piroit developed from a Sherlock Holmes knock off to a detective with a distinctive personality who ended up being quite unique in the annals of detective fiction.

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- Tomsde

Possibly my favorite Poirot novel

This is one of my favorite Christies for a number of reasons.

On the surface level, I always enjoy reading about art and artists. The murder victim was a professional painter, and I'm intrigued by authorial perceptions of artists. (Sometimes the mind reels).

Second, there is nothing quite as interesting as examining how different people perceive the same event, and it's done with brilliance here. That's what makes the book really special for me. Each of those who knew the accused see her differently, and thus see the murder differently. The same goes for the artist himself.

The ending is wonderful and for me, it was quite unexpected. (I'd pegged a different suspect!)

The writing style, is of course, dated. (The novel was published in 1942). I appreciate Christie as a brilliant storyteller rather than as a literary stylist.

A family member received the complete Poirot for Christmas, so we've been binge-watching the wonderful David Suchet and company. No spoilers, but just a word to say if you saw the beautifully filmed adaptation in the series, the novel is different in significant ways. But I loved them both.

Hugh Fraser never disappoints, on screen or on audio. I just love him.

Recommended for old-school mystery fans.
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- Die Falknerin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio