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Saturday, March 12, 2022

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Though a blustery and rainy day here today in Manhattan, spring is around the corner and we will all be soon painting our toes red for the summer season!  Every Poirot book is colored red with murder and counting them, we are now at number twenty-three with the five little piggies!  Bien sur mes amis, Agatha always has a way with words and we know from One Two Buckle My Shoe she's into the nursery rhymes.

Is the right person always convicted?  And if they are, what are the repercussions for their children?  This is at the heart of what goes on in this coming-of-age tale for Caroline Crale's daughter.  And Poirot is just the guy to rise to the occasion using psychology and human behavior to deduce from the facts exactly what did happen.  In isolating each of the "five little piggies," Hercule demonstrates his mental strength by picking apart the scenarios and course of action and drawing them together at the end, the truth is unveiled.  This mystery should especially appeal to those that are decidedly artistic.

Published in 1942, Five Little Pigs must have been written in wartime so with what transpires in the world today, it seems the more things change the more they stay the same.  And we believe Agatha Christie was a nurse in both World Wars where she learned quite a lot about poison, including the weapon here: coniine.

You always knew we had simple taste: we only like the best.
And right from the start on page two: "Rest assured," said Hercule Poirot.  "I am the best."

Like the little piggy that went to market you ought to go to the book market to get this one to have with your roast beef and read it all the way home!

Five Little Pigs is Recommended by Whom You Know!

Previously on Whom You Know, we have raved about Agatha:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Murder on the Links

Poirot Investigates

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Big Four

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Peril at End House

Lord Edgware Dies

Murder on the Orient Express

Three Act Tragedy

and we took a break from only him and did him with others in Midwinter Murder

and returned to only him with Death in the Clouds

The ABC Murders

Murder in Mesopotamia

Cards on the Table

Murder in the Mews

Dumb Witness

Death on the Nile

Appointment with Death

Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Sad Cypress

One Two Buckle My Shoe

Evil Under the Sun

About the Author
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only in the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She is the author of eighty crime novels and short-story collections, around thirty plays, two memoirs, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott

She first tried her hand at detective fiction while working in a hospital dispensary during World War I, creating the now-legendary Hercule Prior with her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. In 1930, Miss Jane Marple made her first full-length novel appearance in The Murder at the Vicarage, quickly becoming another beloved and enduring character to rival Poirot's popularity. Additional series characters include the husband-and wife crime-fighting team of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, private investigator Parker Pyne, and Scotland Yard detectives Superintendent Battle and Inspector Japp.

Many of Christie's novels and short stories were adapted into plays, films, and television series. The Mousetrap opened in 1952 and is the longest running play in history. Academy Award-nominated actor and director Kenneth Branagh helmed the acclaimed major motion picture Murder on the Orient Express in 2017 and its sequel, Death on the Nile, starring in both films as the Belgian detective. On the small screen Poirot has been most memorably portrayed by David Suchet, and Miss Marple by Joan Hickson and subsequently Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie.

Christie was first married to Archibald Christie and then to archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan, whom she accompanied on expeditions to countries that would also serve as the settings for many of her novels. In 1971 she achieved one of Britain's highest honors when she was made a Dame of the British Empire. She died in 1976 at the age of eighty-five. The one-hundred-year anniversary of Agatha Christie stories and the debut of Hercule Poirot was celebrated around the world in 2020. Whom You Know will never stop celebrating it!

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