Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Five Little Pigs [Christie]

Book: Five Little Pigs [Hercule Poirot #24]
Author: Agatha Christie

Review: Sixteen years after Caroline Crale was convicted of murdering her husband, her (now adult) daughter employs the services of Hercule Poirot to clear her mother's name. Unfortunately, Caroline died in prison and the case is considered solved, but Poirot is intrigued by the challenge. He seeks out the key players during the case, re-interviews them  and then asks them to write their own account of the crime. 

What makes this book unique is that this is essentially a cold case and forensics are not what we have today. Poirot investigates and solves this case strictly by interviewing the key players in the case and by reading their own accounts of the case. Each character was well developed and it was feasible that anyone could have killed Caroline's temperamental, artistic (cheating) husband. I find myself reading these books now with a notebook in hand, trying to figure out the elements of the crime. A good, fun mystery I highly recommend to fellow mystery lovers. 

Grade: B

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