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Revisiting the Classics- Agatha Christie’s Five Little Pigs

“You are making up your mind, are you not, whether I am a mere mounteback, or the man you need?”
She smiled. She said:
“Well, yes- something of that kind. You see, M. Poirot, you- you don’t look exactly the way I pictured you.”
“And I am old, am I not? Older than you imagined?”
“Yes, that too.” She hesitated. “I’m being frank, you see. I want- I’ve got to have- the best.”
“Rest assured,” said Hercule Poirot. “I am the best!”
Carla said: “You’re not modest….All the same, I’m inclined to take you at your word.”
Poirot said placidly:
“One does not, you know, employ merely the muscles. I do not need to bend and measure the footprints and pick up the cigarette ends and examine the bent blades of grass. It is enough for me to sit back in my chair and think. It is this”- he tapped his egg-shapped head- “this that functions!”

As part of HarperCollin’s celebration of 200 years of international publishing, HarperCollins India has come out with special hardback editions of twenty-five books by the ‘queen of mystery writing’, Agatha Christie. Printed as they were originally, these books take the reader back to the good old days of clean writing, when the alchemy of the characters and the plot created magic.

An absolute delight to read again!


About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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