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A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie

A Pocket Full of Rye (original 1953; edition 2013)

by Agatha Christie, Andrew Davidson (Illustrator)

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Title:A Pocket Full of Rye
Authors:Agatha Christie
Other authors:Andrew Davidson (Illustrator)
Info:The Folio Society
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Tags:Fiction, Mystery

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A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie (1953)



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Another Christie book loosely based on a nursery rhyme. I like these; they make the case that much more interesting. Many false leads are followed until Miss Marple, as usual, figures it all out it in her own way. Recommended to mystery fans. ( )
  ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
quite interesting
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  katcoviello | Sep 21, 2016 |
Some very nasty people populate this story. Nearly all of them could have committed the murder until of course, there is another one! ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jul 27, 2016 |
I read it as a part of Miss Marple Mystery challenge. Good story, with a psycho in Christie's book. But the names were Unpronounceable and Unimaginable :) I still cant recall a name except Mary Dove :P ( )
  PallaviSharma | May 9, 2016 |
First I liked the fact that Miss Marple was not that involved in this book, mostly the CID Neel and it was his going around talking to everyone that made the story better for me.

A rich eccentric businessman is dead by poison at this office (found with a handful of Rye in his pocket), but the poison used was one with a delayed reaction.... so someone tampered w/ his breakfast. He wasn't mean nor tightfisted toward his family, just suddenly making bad business decisions and was known to cheat in his dealings to get what he wanted.

Two other murders take place which seem to be mimicking the nursery rhyme..... The wife (eating bread & honey) and Miss Marple's former housemaid, Gladys (in the garden, but not hanging out the clothes).

The year prior, blackbirds baked into a pie, and four on the old man's desk...... The Blackbird mine deal......

Family & household members seeming to be whom they might not be, with hidden pasts.

As I said, Miss Marple wasn't in evidence as the main character, so it made the story much more enjoyable for me. Good plot twists!

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  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ayres, RosalindNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blum, GabrieleNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boba, SilviaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Borbás, MáriaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ebbesen, SvendTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Engelstad, Carl FredrikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franconeri, FrancescoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Magee, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McAfee, MaraCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moser, MilenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is the Agatha Christie book A Pocket Full of Rye featuring Miss Jane Marple. It is not the same work as the Agatha Christie short story "Sing a Song of Sixpence", nor is it the same as the Agatha Christie short story "Four and Twenty Blackbirds" featuring Hercule Poirot.

It is the same work as Das Geheimnis der Goldmine (The Secret of the Goldmine), which is its German title, but it is not the same as the Poirot short story "The Secret of the Lost Mine".
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In this ingeniously plotted Christie classic, a child's nursery rhyme holds three clues to finding a cunning killer when a well-to-do household becomes infested with murder.

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Miss Marple looks into the death of Rex Fortescue, who was poisoned while drinking a cup of tea in his office, and discovers a variety of associates and family members with motives, including a wife believed to have married for money.

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