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A Pocket Full of Rye | [Agatha Christie]

A Pocket Full of Rye

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 here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme.
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Publisher's Summary

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 here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme.

©1953 Agatha Christie Limited. A Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)1994 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

What the Critics Say

"Ingenious." (Times Literary Supplement)
"A model of complex skulduggery." (The New Yorker)
"This is the best of the novels starring Christie's Miss Marple." (The New York Times)

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    Linda Ormond, Australia 11-17-10
    Linda Ormond, Australia 11-17-10 Member Since 2010

    I really want to buy more books but too many US ones I love UK narrators. Can you get some more Eleanor Bron, Gwen Watford, Jenny Agutter?

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    "Pocket full of rye"

    Yet again Joan Hickson's perfect clipped English diction makes for wonderful listening. She is the perfect Agatha Christie narrator and tells this story beautifully. Very well written, keeps you guessing.

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  • Adrian
    Clophill, United Kingdom
    9/5/11
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    "Joan Hickson IS Miss Marple"

    So I'm biased but I simply love Joan Hickson narrating this series of books. Miss Marple has always been my favourite Christie character and to find the series narrated by Joan Hickson is a bonus. Christie fans you simply can't go wrong!

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  • Satinalibrary
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    9/23/14
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    "Poor recording quality"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is one of the first Christie's where I guessed the killer correctly right at the beginning, but it's still a good one. I love the way she interlocks nursery rhymes and crimes. However, just under 5 hours in there's some awful scratching noise on the recording. I used to have this same recording on cd, so it wasn't on the original. For this reason I can't give it higher than 3 stars, but if you can ignore the 5 minutes of 'nails down a blackboard' sound in the background it is worth it. Hopefully Audible will sort it out fast.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Pocket Full of Rye?

    Miss Marple's fluttering around the police inspector. Priceless.


    What aspect of Joan Hickson’s performance might you have changed?

    Joan Hickson is the archetypal Miss Marple - the perfect combination of fluffy old pussy and nosy neighbour. No one since has ever measured up in my opinion.


    Was A Pocket Full of Rye worth the listening time?

    Worth the time.


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