This book is a little bit different compared to Agatha's other books, and not too much about the analysis of the psychology of criminal and witness. Most parts of the book is a diary or recalled from the witnesses about what happened about the days the murder happened. But the author has allocated all clues in the content, however, I still couldn't find out who is the criminal until the end. I think it is because the author used writing techniques to "cheat", and this showcased the fab writing skill of Ms. Agatha. A good read and perfect book.
I first read this Christie book a couple of years ago and although I enjoyed it, I didn't consider it as being up there with her best. Well after recently seeing the television adaptation starring the marvellous David Suchet I've just finished reading it again and have no problem greatly revising my initial opinion of the book. Now although there are actually a large number of changes made to Christie's story in the television production, some quite major, it is good viewing and re-kindled my interest in the story.
Back to the book now... In this mystery, Poirot is looking back at a crime from the past. He is employed by a young woman to look into the circumstances of the conviction of her mother for the poisoning of her artist father 16 years previously. The five pigs of the title are the five principals present at the time of the crime (two men and three women). Poirot privately assigns each of them a line from the "This little piggy" nursery rhyme and his work in solving the crime comes from the telling of the event from the POV of each of the five. Christie's writing is really clever and both she and Poirot are at the top of their game as they mesh the five versions of the same story together. At no time did anything feel repetitive as each of character's take on events took centre stage. You know of course that Poirot gets to the truth so your job is to marvel at how he actually pieces it together. Funnily enough for reasons I can't explain when I first read this book I didn't, as I usually do, try to work out which of the suspects was the guilty party I simply "observed" from over Poirot's shoulder so to speak.
It is a clever and worthy addition to the Christie catalogue and one I'm really glad that I revisited. PS it is worth giving the TV adaptation a look too!