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Agatha Christie
Five Little Pigs

To Stephen Glanville

First Published

UK
Collins, London, Jan. 1943
US
Dodd Mead, New York, May 1942 as "Murder in Retrospect"
Collier's Weekly, Sep.20-Nov.22 1941 as 'Murder in Retrospect'

Plot

(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, yet there were five other suspects: Philip Blake (the stockbroker) who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist) who stayed at home; Elsa Gree (the three-time divorcee) who had roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess) who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister) who cried 'wee wee wee' all the way home.

It is sixteen years later, but Hercule Poirot just can't get that nursery rhyme out of his mind...

Contents

Introduction
Carla Lemarchant
BOOK I
I. Counsel for the Defence
II. Councel for the Prosecution
III. The Young Solicitor
IV. The Old Solicitor
V. The Police Superintendent
VI. This Little Pig went to Market...
VII. This Little Pig stayed at Home
VIII. This Little Pig had Roast Beef
IX. This Little Pig had None
X. This Little Pig cried "Wee Wee Wee"
Book II
Narrative of Philip Blake
Narrative of Meredith Blake
Narrative of Lady Dittisham
Narrative of Cecilia Williams
Narrative of Angela Warren
Book III
I. Conclusions
II. Poirot asks Five Questions
III. Reconstruction
IV. Truth
V. Aftermath

Characters

Hercule Poirot, Meredith Blake, Philip Blake, Caleb,, Amyas Crale, Caroline Crale, Sir Montague Depleach, Load Dittisham, Quentin, Fogg, Elsa Greer, Jonatha, Carla Lemarchant, John Rattery, Angela Warren, Cecelia Williams

Mother Goose

Five Little Pigs
This little pig went to market,
This little pig stayed at home,
This little pig had roast beef,
This little pig had none,
And this little pig cried,
Wee-wee-wee-wee-wee,
I can't fine my way home.

Play

Go Back for Murder
dramatised by Agatha Christie, 1960.
Presented by Peter Saunders at the Duchess Theatre, London, on 23rd March 1960, with the following cast of characters:
(in the order of their appearance)
JUSTIN FOGGRobert Urquhart
TURNBALLPeter Hutton
CARLAAnn Firbank
JEFF ROGERSMark Eden
PHILIP BLAKEAnthony Marlowe
MEREDITH BLAKELaurence Hardy
LADY MELKSHAMLisa Daniely
MISS WILLIAMSMargot Boyd
ANGELA WARRENDorothy Bromiley
CAROLINE CRALEAnn Firbank
AMYAS CRALENigel Green
Directed by Hubert Gregg
Decor by Michael Weight

Movie & TV

Five Little Pigs
Agahta Christie's POIROT IX, 2003/04
director Paul Unwin
writer Kevin Elyot
cast David Suchet(Hercule Poirot), Rachael Stirling(Caroline Crale), Aidan Gillen(Amyas Crale), Toby Stephens(Philip Blake), Marc Warren(Meredith Blake), Julie Cox(Elsa Greer), Aimee Mullins(Lucy Crale), Gemma Jones(Miss Williams), Sophie Winkelman(Angela Warren)
Cinq petits cochons
Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie, 2011
director Éric Woreth
writer Sylvie Simon
cast Antoine Duléry, Marius Colucci, Julia Vaidis-Bogard, Vincent Winterhalter, Michel Müller, Prune Beuchat, Eglantine Rembauville, Claudine Vigreux, Gabrielle Atger, Marine Mendes

Link

  1. Official Site: Five Little Pigs
  2. Wikipedia: Five Little Pigs
  3. IMDb: Poirot: Five Little Pigs (2003)
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