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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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
  • 09-05-11

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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  • Brid
  • 08-30-17

wonderful narration and a good whodunnit!

I just love Joan Hickson's narration and although I knew from the tv series who the murderer was, I still enjoyed it thoroughly.

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  • Julia Fyfield
  • 03-08-15

Another good one

If your a keen Agather Christie fan than this is a memorable listen. Jam packed full of murder, intrigue, sadness!

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  • Jaye Hardy
  • 03-07-15

A Pocket full of Rye

Well narrated by Joan Hickson, a very intresting storyline with lots of different ways in which it could have been done. As with all Agatha Christie audio books I didn't get the right culprit but never mind I really enjoyed listening to the book.

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  • Satinalibrary
  • 09-23-14

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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