Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Companuy, 1942
The Five Little Pigs was first published with the title of Murder In Retrospect. This title is, in my opinion, a better description of the story. A young woman, Carla, asks Herculee Poirot to investigate the murder of her father, an event that happened fourteen years ago. Her mother was convictd of the crime, but died in prison.
Carla was a young girl at the time and doesn’t remember what happened, but now that she is 21, she is given a letter written by her mother telling Carla that she did not kill her father.
So Hercule Poirot sets out to recreate in his mind all of the details of the day of the crime. He does this by interviewing the five remaining people who were present. Poirot calls them the five little pigs. He suspects that one of them is the real killer.
The five include the mistress of the man killed, the mother’s step-sister, two brothers, and the governess. Each of these “pigs” tells Poirot their version of the event which, surprisingly, matches rather well. There were only a couple of differences. In those differences is where the telling clues are found.
This was a fun mystery to read as I tried to pay attention to all the clues that Poirot unearthed. It paid off as I came to the same conclusion Poirot did. I also watched the movie with David Suchet playing Poirot. It’s so enjoyable to watch the costumes and the English countryside. It’s a great companion to the reading experience.
My recommendation: Read the book first and then watch the movie. There are only a couple of differences between the two. My library had both book and movie, so check your local library as well.