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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman! Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his ‘counting house’ when he suffered an agonising and sudden death.

On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marple’s suspicion that A handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman! Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marple’s suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme! Paperbackpages. Published January 1st by Signet first pockrtful November 9th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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To ask other readers questions about A Pocket Full of Ryeplease sign up. This is one of the best Agatha Christie novels. The plot complicated enough to keep you guessing and the characters are interesting and believable mrs.

Marple is the little old lady who uses her knowledge of every day life in a small village to find out who is the murder.? This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Really liked the book but wanted to ask See 2 questions about A Rey Full of Rye…. Lists with This Book. Her books do have a comforting familiarity.

Dry humor to set the scene; the murder; the pocktful more dead bodies; the red herrings; the revealing.

No heavy lifting required. Like a pleasant spring day. This one is a Miss Marple and a decent read. It also provides an unexpected and emotional denouement.

I find it very quaint that the British police force let an old lady their term: Old lady wanders onto multiple murder scene, annoys American cops, American cops plant crack pipe on old lady, subject her to a strip search and interrogation, drop her 20 miles outside of town, murder, of course, remains unsolved.

View all 38 comments. Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a pie. When the pie was opened The birds began to sing; Wasn’t that a dainty dish, To set before the king. The king was in his counting house, Counting out his money; The queen was in the parlour, Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden, Hanging out the clothes, When down came a blackbird And pecked off her nose. The title and parts of the plot of the novel refer to the nursery rhyme quoted above. Originally I gave th Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye.


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Originally I gave this book 3 stars, but upon re-reading I decided it deserves a 4th. The only problem I have with the book is that almost all characters are unlikeable.

OK, maybe Elaine Fortescue is just simply pathetic, but still unlikeable. They are very well described: And hats off to Agatha Christie’s brilliancy, for queerly enough, she manages what no others according to my limited knowledge can, namely, making the first victim’s dying and the subsequent pathological consultation the funniest s of the book. This she does, not with malice or morbidity, but with an irresistible, gentle irony, concentrating on the various reactions of the other people around: Miss Marple does her usual stuff to satisfaction: View all 3 comments.

As anybody who reads the Miss Marple books knows, she often trains young housemaids, so they can go into service.

When Miss Marple reads that one of the young maids she trained, Gladys Martin, has been found strangled – a clothes peg left on her nose – in the garden of the house where pockehful worked, she sets off at once to see who did such a wicked thing.

Murder had already visited the family, as the head of the household, Mr Rex Fortecue, was poisoned at work and, in his pocket, was a handful of r As anybody who reads the Miss Marple books knows, she often trains young housemaids, so they can go into service. However, as Miss Marple points out to him, there must be blackbird and, indeed, there are blackbirds. She quickly gets to know the members of the family and, of course, manages to unravel the reasons behind the murders.

This is one of my favourite Miss Marple mysteries. I love the opening of the book, the characters and the way Christie deftly pockerful the various plot or. Miss Marple is also very involved in the storyline and her outrage on Gladys behalf is wonderful to ov. Although never emotional, she is obviously quite attached to those young girls who pass through her little cottage in Aa Mary Mead, and she is determined to see justice done. View all 4 comments. It was Miss Somers’ turn to make the tea.

Rue Somers was the newest and the most inefficient of typists. She was no longer young ot had a mild worried face like a sheep. The kettle was not quite boiling when Miss Somers poured the water on the tea, but poor Miss Somers was never quite sure when a kettle was boiling.

It was one of the many worries that afflicted her in life. She poured out the tea and took the cups round with a couple of limp, sweet biscuits in each saucer. That quote has very li It was Miss Somers’ turn to make the tea. That quote has very little to do with the plot of A Pocket Full of Rye, but it does set the tone of this story.

There is something edgy and sinister about A Pocket Full of Rye. This is not a “cozy” mystery. Sure, there is not blood or gore, but there is darkness, thirst for revenge, and calculating human horribleness. And that’s what I see in the mention of tepid tea and limp biscuits. But I do see in this opening that there is something just not right, and it is this feeling that runs through this oocketful.


I can’t say that I liked this story a lot, and I can’t even put my finger on why this is. Maybe it is because of the murder method causes me to have questions, maybe it because the police investigation misses the mark so often, or maybe it is because of that horrible children’s rhyme that is the basis for this story, but it is not a story that I enjoy re-reading a lot.

Nevertheless, I recommend it. The different relationship angles pockeftul this story are fascinating. Dark, but benefiting from Christie’s acute eye for suffering that can be caused by family.

Approach with strong tea, and sweet, rich, fresh biscuits. When the pie was opened the birds began to sing, Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the king. The king was in his counting house, counting out his money, The queen w in the parlour eating bread and honey. The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes, When there came a litte dickey bird and nipped off her nose.

Inspector Neele visits Yewtree Lodge, Mr. Fortecue’s home, to interview the family and staff. Between a younger second wife, an son with which Mr. Fortescue was currenlty at odds with, a daughter who wished to marry but the fiance was not aproved by dad and a whole slew of characters with the staff, pockeetful Neele has no shortage of suspects and an abundance of motives.

As the investigation progresses, Miss Marple inserts herself into the case and soon links the murder to a rhyme. Uncovering a complex plot, Miss Marple unmasks the poccketful. Rex Fortescue is a ruthless business man with questionable practices. Accustomed to having a cup of tea at work, he falls ill quite suddenly and dies.

A handful of rye is found in his pocket and ry his death is a confirmed case of poisoning through taxine.

Inspector Neele is assigned to the case which leads him to Yewtree Lodge, the home of the the Fortecues. The house is surrounded by the plant needed to get taxine and now inspector Neele has a household full of suspects.

Miss Marple reads about the murder in the papers and after another twist in the case, gets involved. As per usual with Christie, there were plenty of red herrings and misdirections.

I greatly enjoyed the way in which the plot unravelled and found the characters intriguing and entertaning especially Miss Ramsbottom, the sister of Mr. I love how the rhyme was incorporated into the narrative and how the culprit came to be revealed. This book is yet another favorite by Miss Christie and I absolutely love it.

This book is a crime by rhyme and it was done masterfully. View all 5 comments. Feb 28, Sophie Hannah rated it liked it. Loved this – brilliantly surprising ending, and one of those ideal Christie solutions where everything turns on its head at the end and all the same facts suddenly look completely different.

I would have given it four stars, except that Miss Marple didn’t really as far as I can see have enough clues to lead her to the truth.