A long weekend (probably) awaits, so how better to pass some time than listening to Brad, Moira, and me discuss Five Little Pigs, a.k.a. Murder in Retrospect (1942) by Agatha Christie? Okay, sure, there are countless better ways to pass the time, but here’s that discussion anyway.
Earlier this year, I held a poll for the Christie titles you wanted us to talk about, this one both came out on top and was the chronological first of the three winners. So let’s sidle down memory lane as Poirot tries to unpick a murder from 16 years ago…though not 16 years prior to the publication date, as we discuss early on with due thanks to Countdown John.
Also, prepare yourselves for a shock as one of us doesn’t really like this highly-regarded novel all that much. Spoilers: it’s me, it’s always me. Poor Brad and Moira, the nonsense of mine they have to put up with. Also spoilers: there are spoilers for this book in this discussion. One of these days I won’t feel the need to point that out, but today is not that day.
It’s always a pleasure to talk Christie — well, anything — with Brad and Moira, but I always like to thank them here so they don’t think I’m taking them for granted. We’re all giving our time for free — no Patreon, no ko.fi, no adverts inserted to inspire you to cough up your hard-earned money — and I’m very fortunate to have such energetic, enthusiastic, knowledgable, understanding, and delightful people to talk through these books with me. And a podcast with no audience is just a tree falling in a forest, so many thanks to you for listening along.
In July, we’re discussing Towards Zero (1944) which I remember loving but finding irritating because of how much I’d been looking forward to spending more time with Superintendent Battle…and then he was hardly bloody in it! Forewarned is fore-armed, however, and I anticipate a very jolly time with that this summer.
Stay safe, stay hydrated, more Christie spoilers next fiscal quarter.