A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple Mysteries)

June 15, 2016 - Comment

Wealthy businessman Rex Fortescue is found dead with rye grain in his pocket. His death is followed in quick succession by a woman dying while eating bread and honey, and a maid in her garden. Inspector Neele, in charge of investigating the spate of murders, consults with Miss Marple, who has an interesting and surprising

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Wealthy businessman Rex Fortescue is found dead with rye grain in his pocket. His death is followed in quick succession by a woman dying while eating bread and honey, and a maid in her garden. Inspector Neele, in charge of investigating the spate of murders, consults with Miss Marple, who has an interesting and surprising theory to offer. She senses the murderer is dispatching his victims on the basis of the children’s nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” The similarities are numerous—not least the fact that Rex means “king,” and as a financier, he could be said to have been in his counting house when he died. Soon the blackbirds of the rhyme put in an appearance, not to mention a whole shoal of red herrings. What secrets are lurking at the heart of the Fortescue family? Miss Marple finds herself enmeshed in one of the strangest cases of her life. . . An intriguing mystery from the Queen of Crime, dramatized with a full cast including Nicky Henson and Derek Waring.

2 CDs. 1 hr 30 mins.

Comments

John Austin says:

Not many suspects, but buckets full of red herrings. Almost every formula, idea, and trick that Agatha Christie used in her detective fiction works proved to be entirely successful and won her an enormous reading public. Making use of nursery rhymes was one such formula. Nursery rhymes can reawaken the sense of wonder, mystery and enchantment in any reader. They also can carry symbolic levels of meaning, and some are allegories. 

Lyric G. Eads says:

Top Notch, Dame Agatha! I immensely enjoyed this audiobook. I bought it in the cassette version, and it performed perfectly. My daughter also enjoyed it. Full of Dame Agatha’s interesting characters, and in classic Christie style, it kept me guessing ‘who done it’ right up to the end. Miss Marple was the initial Christie character that got me interested in her mysteries; not the performances of Joan Hixson(I have never seen any of her work) but some short stories that were given to me as a gift. The idea of such a…

JMack says:

Nursery Crime In “A Pocket Full of Rye”, a childhood nursery rhyme would seem to fit the pattern of the crime. But in the world penned by Agatha Christie, nothing is so simple. Even so, much of the story hinges on the bizzare clue, a pocket full of rye. Red herrings abound in this underrated classic. 

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