This was a good change of scene from my other reading over the last few months. Although it did take me a few months to listen to all the tapes! I have seen many many Agatha Christie adaptations on television, but until recently I have actually read very few of her books.
Five Little Pigs is read, unabridged, by Hugh Fraser who you may recognise as Captain Hastings from many of the televised Poirot programmes. He made a good storyteller, I suspect because he already has an affinity for the works of Agatha Christie. He doesn't actually feature in this story as a character though.
This story tells the tale of five little pigs who are actually suspects in the murder of Amyas Crale (pronounced A my us Kray ul). His wife, Caroline was convicted of his murder some years before, but there were five other potential suspects, Philip Blake, Meredith Blake, Elsa Greer, Cecilia Williams and Carolines younger sister, Angela Warren.
Amyas is an artist, intent on finishing his painting of Elsa Greer, he and Caroline argue a great deal and it seems as though Amyas is going to leave Caroline for Elsa. Then he is killed suddenly, Caroline is charged with his murder and is then herself hanged.
Years later her daughter, Carla, asks Hercule Poirot to investigate the matter, Caroline left her a letter telling her she was innocent, and now that Carla is to marry she wants to know the truth.
There are many twists and turns in this tale, the story is told via interviews with each of the five suspects, then they are called together at the end for the conclusion. I have to say that all through the story the finger of suspicion seemed to be pointing firmly at one person, and I think that when I saw the television version of this it was the same.
I will not spoil things by telling you the ending, but it is definitely not what I thought it was going to be - because I was sure that I remembered the killer from the television version and I was very wrong about it!!
This was a good listen, and I can be pretty sure because this was an unabridged reading of the book that it would be a good read too. I would recommend it!
What happens to the tape, well, pretty much all of the tapes that I listen to belong to someone else and are just on loan to me so it will be returned. If it was mine, I would send it to the charity shop. Which is something to note, you can get lots of great books on tape at charity shops, you just need a tape player, but you can buy personal tape players - remember those! - very cheaply online.
I know that some of you said before that you like to listen to books, do you have any good listening recommendations for the rest of us?