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Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring June Whitfield as Miss Marple, the deceptively mild spinster sleuth.

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'.

©1953 Agatha Christie Ltd (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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June Whitfield is the Best Miss Marple

I love June Whitfield’s portrayal of Miss Marple. Her voice is far-and-away the best version of the character out of any Marple audiobooks I have listened to, and it fits perfectly with the way I’ve always imagined Miss Marple.

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Great BBC production

I love these BBC radio productions. The sound effects and multi person cast really bring the story to life. June Whitfield does a fabulous job as Miss Marple.

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Well Done

This was an enjoyable book. There is a reason Agatha Christie's books have lasted so long. The dramatization was well done too.

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But What About Blackbirds?

What did you like about this audiobook?

As with all of the BBC radio productions, this one was expertly cast and a thorough delight to listen to.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Why do I feel like this question was intended for a non-fiction book? If you haven't listened to one of these full-cast productions, this will probably make you want to check out more of them.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Hmmm....another question for a non-fiction book. It seems Mr. Audible thinks A Pocketful of Rye is a book about the history of growing rye in Britain.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing.

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  • 02-18-17

A pocket full of Rye

excellent performance!! well adapted for listening! would purchase another such full cast audio book again. in fact will so today. Thank you!

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The Queen of Crime always makes murder enjoyable

Ever since my first introduction to The Queen of Crime, I've loved reading her books. I got this book as a way to read one of my favorite Miss Marple stories again. I loved the dramatized version as I felt I were there! I will always recommend Agatha Christie as an author and now I will recommend any BBC Radio dramatized production.

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  • 01-18-13

Absolutely Love ❤️This

Absolutely love this. Superb production. Brilliant acting. Have listened to this a dozen times & still look forward’s to listening to it again. Wish Agatha Christie was still alive to bringing us her wonderful spot on writings.

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  • Paul Jobson
  • 04-20-21

Doesn't Disappoint

I often find these dramas hard to follow as I like to have them on while I am doing something but this was great. Exactly what you would expect from Agatha Christie and Dame June of Whitfield makes an excellent Marple - although she is not in this one much.

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  • Lawton
  • 08-06-20

Marple Rye review

I prefer the adaptations where the character of Miss Marple is centre stage and where there is a stronger sense of location and variety of characters. I didn’t feel that this had much atmosphere and the characters felt interchangeable but also the story isn’t very interesting. Enjoyable enough if you are a fan but not one of the best.

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  • Justine Peroni
  • 02-23-20

another delightful listen to!

Agatha has done it again! Very cleverly written using a nursery rhyme as an indication. Great cast as well and June Whitfield makes a great Miss Marple .