Five Little Pigs

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A young woman presents Poirot with a brilliant challenge: to clear her mother's name by returning to the scene of the murder and finding the fatal flaw in the perfect crime.

Despite only five suspects, Mrs Christie, as usual, puts a ring through the reader's nose and leads him to one of her smashing last-minute showdowns.

The Observer, 1943



About this story

First released

September 1941 (serialised in Collier’s Weekly, US)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Detective

Formats

  • Radio Play, 
  • Novel, 
  • TV, 
  • Play, 
  • Graphic Novel

Murder methods

Setting

  • House

First published as a novel in the US in 1942, under the title Murder in Retrospect, the story shows Christie’s fascination with memory and time. Poirot is asked by a young woman to solve the mystery of her father’s murder, to clear her deceased mother’s name. Through the testimonies of those who were present on the day of the murder, Poirot must reconstruct the scene. Considered one of Christie’s hidden gems, this story shows Poirot at his best, studying the words of witnesses and reading between the lines.

Christie’s own adaptation of the novel into ...

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First published as a novel in the US in 1942, under the title Murder in Retrospect, the story shows Christie’s fascination with memory and time. Poirot is asked by a young woman to solve the mystery of her father’s murder, to clear her deceased mother’s name. Through the testimonies of those who were present on the day of the murder, Poirot must reconstruct the scene. Considered one of Christie’s hidden gems, this story shows Poirot at his best, studying the words of witnesses and reading between the lines.

Christie’s own adaptation of the novel into a play in 1960, saw her not only change the title to Go Back For Murder but also removed the character of Poirot entirely. It seems that her prolific work for the previous forty years had taken its toll, and she was quite keen to be rid of him.

David Suchet starred in the 2003 TV adaptation, which included several major changes. The character of Philip Blake, rather than being in love with Caroline, was in fact in love with her husband Amyas, Caroline had been executed, and Carla’s name is changed to Lucy. In 2006, BBC Radio 4 adapted the story with favourite John Moffatt as Poirot. A graphic novel of the story was released in 2010.



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