Five Little Pigs – or – Murder In Retrospect

First things first, this is my 100th post since I started my blog.  Go me, I’ve actually kept this going for 100 posts.

Dual titles, I like it.  I just finished reading Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie, which previously published as Murder In Retrospect.  It was an interesting book, and in some ways did everything a mystery is supposed to do, but in some ways went away from everything a mystery is supposed to do.

266 Pages

Stand-Alone (although it does center around Hercule Poirot like many of Christie’s novels, you don’t need to read the rest of them to enjoy this book)



Hercule Poirot is once again asked to investigate a mystery, however, this time the mystery happened 16 years ago.  His expertise is requested by the daughter of Caroline Crale, who was convicted of poisoning her husband.  Hercule investigates several people who were involved in the court trial as well as the five people who were witnesses to the crime.


England, but I don’t remember the name of the city, not that it matters for this book.


Poirot investigates a mystery, but he does all of the investigation 16 years after it happened.  The book does a wonderful job of giving you enough clues to where the ending doesn’t come as a surprise, but at the same time you would be very hard pressed to see it coming before it is ultimately revealed.


The book worked well for me, and it’s fun to read through the book and try to find the little inconsistencies that came up in everyone’s stories about what really happened.  The last two books by Christie that I’ve read (this and Murder on the Orient Express) have both been very formulaic.  Poirot gets asked to investigate a crime, sits down with all of the witnesses/suspects in turn, then wraps everything up nicely at the end.  While it’s not a complicated writing structure, for a mystery it works (although it would probably fall flat on its face after several books in any other genre).  Without giving anything away, I’ve also been very impressed with the endings of Christie’s books and how they come to a conclusion that is very fitting but at the same time leaves you a little unsettled with the events that just happened.  It’s a very hard thing to do in a book, and it’s been done very well in this one.

Overall Grade

Nothing earth-shattering, but a quick and fun read.


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  1. Congratulations on your milestone post!


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