A Pocket Full of Rye. A series of murders disguised within a nursery rhyme, Miss Marple’s on the case with two of Agatha Christie’s favourite themes, this time. Wealthy businessman Rex Fortescue is found dead with rye grain in his pocket. His death is followed in quick succession by a woman dying. A Pocket Full of Rye opens with the death of Rex Fortescue, a successful but not universally liked financier. Curiously, rye is discovered in one of his pockets.

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While on vacation at a resort hotel in the West Indies, Miss Marple correctly suspects that the apparently natural death of a retired British major is actually the work of a murderer planning yet another killing.

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The ending doesn’t give you a cut and dried solution though. A nother Marple; another hat. The arilthe fleshy part of the berry, is the only part of the yew that is non-toxic.

I enjoy mysteries in country house settings, and this was again one such.

Marple is not at all convinced things are as they seem. First, I really enjoyed the manner in which the plot is unraveled in the book. Or to Read saving….

Mary Mead for Baydon Heath in the outer part of London. I see a visit to the used kf store in my future However, it is always good to see Miss M outwit the killer and the police, knitting and drinking tea all the while! I always love dear Miss Marple, and really ryye the idea of bringing her former maid Gladys in and giving her a starring role.


Christie as usual, surprises us with how the murders were committed, whodunit, and what it was that the maid Gladys saw or heard that led her to lose pockettul life. London – Muswell Hill D: The setting of Yewtree Lodge is good and there are so many people who are viable suspects, Rex had two sons, a daughter, two daughters in laws and a general housekeeper that you are going to wonder if they are behind things or not.

A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple #7) by Agatha Christie

He is allowed one generous, clever deduction, and that was the blackmail of Jennifer Fortescue by Mary Dove. The normally friendly village of Lymston is plagued by vile anonymous letters.

Inspector Neele visits Yewtree Lodge, Mr. He arranged the murder of pocketvul father to stop the loss of cash and to deal only with his brother.

A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple)

That jar was tossed in the yard and found by police. Edit Did You Know? The motif ultimately peters out into red herrings and a very random and unlikely form of poocketful.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. She is t Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacottand was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.


Unfortunately, some of the films don’t adhere that closely to the pocketflu. He comes to Yewtree but finds more murders seem to be piling up, all linked to the nursery rhyme.

The more plausible reason was that it was a reference to something from her life. Initially, it appears that Adele and the man who she is having an affair with are the perpetrators behind the crimes. When the pie was opened the birds began to sing.

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But I definitely did NOT get the murder right. Sign In Don’t have an account? As Fortescue struggles to breath he chokes out, “The tea – what the hell did you put in the tea! Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a pie.

Miss Marple arrives too late, as Gladyses’ body is found strangled and strung up on the clothes line. And I did, to some extent. I can’t say that I liked this story a lot, and I can’t even put my finger on why this is.