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A pocket full of rye by Agatha Christie
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A pocket full of rye (original 1953; edition 2000)

by Agatha Christie

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Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his "counting house" when he suffered an agonizing 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 parlor which confirmed Miss Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme. . . .… (more)
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Title:A pocket full of rye
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:New York : Signet, 2000.
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A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie (1953)

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  natcontrary | Aug 16, 2022 |
Mr. Rex Fortescue has been murdered. With a pocket full of rye found in his pocket. Was there something in his tea? Or was he poisoned prior to coming into the office? He was a big financier and made quite a lot of enemies. He was widely disliked and his family as a whole was rather odious. What follows is a well-played-out whodunit. Can the detective in charge find the culprit? Bodies are starting to pile up so let’s hope so. I rather enjoyed the police officer in this story, he was not so condescending. I didn't like that Miss Marple’s appearance was not until 50% into the book. I suppose it is something I won’t get used too. She is the titular character but seems too rarely to be in them. She made quick work of the plot and in true Jane fashion befriended all she met. Overall, a great story, with a decent red herring to throw you off until just quite near the end. ( )
  BuffyCharp | Aug 9, 2022 |
This is the first Marple book I've read and I enjoyed it very much, although I was surprised by how little Marple actually appeared in it. It has everything you'd expect from Christie: a few deaths, a dysfunctional family and a few characters who aren't quite what they appear. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
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  laplantelibrary | Apr 8, 2022 |
Agatha Christie mysteries are always entertaining. This is the third Miss Marple book I've read since The Body in the Library and A Murder is Announced. Personally I think this one is slightly not as good as the former two, because -- Miss Marple shows up pretty late in the story. The first half of the book is all about this Inspector Neele and how he goes about solving the case. Then Miss Marple shows up, gives him some pointers, and Inspector Neele sets out to investigate again. Then after a quarter of the book, he consults Miss Marple again, and Miss Marple solves the mystery for him. So basically Miss Marple didn't have a very strong presence in the book. The mystery itself is interesting to read, though. Good quality Christie book. ( )
  CathyChou | Mar 11, 2022 |
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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
Grant, Richard E.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Magee, AlanCover artistsecondary 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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Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his "counting house" when he suffered an agonizing 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 parlor which confirmed Miss Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme. . . .

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