Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie: Book Review 10
|Published :||First published May 1942, Harper Collins|
I read this book as part of the Erudite Book Club September month read. This was the first book picked by Erudite Book Club.
About the Author –
Agatha Christie was an English writer, born on 15 September 1890 in Torquay, Devon, England. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections. Christie also wrote the world’s longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and, under the pen name Mary Westmacott, six romances. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.
Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time.
Carla Lemarchant’s father Amyas Crale was murdered and her mother Caroline Crale was imprisoned for the crime. Caroline wrote a letter to Carla, just before Caroline’s death, she expressed her innocence in the letter. Carla wants to find the real perpetrator and she hires Hercule Poirot for the job. Poirot has the difficult job of solving a crime committed 16 years in the past. He meets all the suspects and asks them to present him with the accounts of happenings of the day when the murder was committed.
Review of Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie–
This book provides a retrospect view of a crime occurred 16 years before. There are five little pigs (or witnesses or suspects) of the murder of Amyas Crale – Philip and Meredith Blake, Amyas’s neighbors; Elsa Greer, the young girl Amyas was painting (and was in love with); Angela Warren, Caroline’s disfigured teenage stepsister; and her governess. Amyas wife Caroline was imprisoned for his murder. Philip and Meredith are friends with Amyas and Meredith love Caroline. The book draws you in with the easy writing and interesting plot.
My feelings about the book –
Five Little Pigs is a very interesting read, the story is occurring in the present time and the characters are discussing the events of the past. The language of the book is easy to understand. Various texts are quoted in the book such as Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Comeo by John Milton. Paintings of notable painters are mentioned in the book such as The Death of Chatterton by William Holman Hunt and Hope by George Frederic Watts. Like all Christie books, this one is also an engrossing read. At a point, you might be pointing fingers at almost all suspects.
Characters in the book –
Amyas Crale was a painter married to Caroline Crale. Amyas was a womanizer but after a brief affair, he always came back to his wife Caroline. Caroline loved Amyas knowing everything. They had a daughter Carla. Carla was sent to oversees to live with her Aunt when Caroline was imprisoned for the murder of Amyas Crale. Caroline had a step-sister Angela Warren. Angela lived with Caroline’s family. An accident made Angela disfigured and Caroline felt responsible for her. Caroline took great care of Angela. Cecilia Williams is the governess of Angela Warren, who saw Caroline cleaning the bottle when Amyas was found dead.
Amyas has two friends Philip Blake and Meredith Blake. Meredith Blake is an amateur chemist and Philip Blake is a stockbroker. Meredith has a lab and the poison Coniine was stolen from his lab, Coniine was used to poison Amyas Crale. Philip does not like Caroline and despises her.
Elsa Greer is the young beautiful girl Amyas is painting. Amyas was in love with before he was murdered by poison.
Hercule Poirot is the private investigator, who is hired by Carla to find out who murdered her father. Poirot is the central character of the book. You get a lot of Poirot in this book.
What I didn’t like –
There is some drama that is not required. The governess’s tale does not seem appropriate. All other accounts were very interesting and built suspense.
If you pay attention to details you can predict who killed Amyas Crale. The only suspense that remained was Why? The suspense is well captured and I could not conclude Why. There were instances when my gut was suspecting other characters to be murderers.
The narration is in third-person omniscient narrator majorly. The part of the book where all characters send there written accounts are written in first person narrative.
Five Little Pigs is a 5-star read. The book is based on crime and investigation, but the use of jargons is seldom. This makes the book easy to read for everyone. I recommend this book to everyone