By Agatha Christie
Attractive Caroline Crale used to be convicted of poisoning her husband, yet like the nursery rhyme, there have been 5 different “little pigs” who may have performed it: Philip Blake (the stockbroker), who went to marketplace; Meredith Blake (the novice herbalist), who stayed at domestic; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcée), who had her roast pork; Cecilia Williams (the committed governess), who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister), who cried all of the approach home.
Sixteen years later, Caroline’s daughter is decided to end up her mother’s innocence, and Poirot simply can’t get that nursery rhyme out of his brain.
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