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A Pocket Full of Rye
By Agatha Christie

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A Pocket Full of Rye

A Pocket Full of Rye
A Miss Marple Mystery
By Agatha Christie
Ulverscroft Large Print, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-44480-237-5
Genre: Crime, Mystery

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - July 19, 2010

Someone is on a killing spree, staging the murder scenes based on cherished nursery rhymes. But who? And why? Where the police fail, Miss Jane Marple, the quintessential amateur sleuth from St. Mary Mead succeeds! In A Pocket Full of Rye it falls upon Miss Marple to figure out that a serial killer is on the loose and to help guide the intrepid Inspector Neele to the killer.

If murder can be fun, this is a fun murder caper. It begins with the murder of Rex Fortescue, who dies by drinking a poisoned cup of tea. As the police hone in on a main suspect, that person is murdered, as is the next, and the next. In very short order, the police find that they are running short of potential murderers, but with their hands full of murder victims. The police are understandably baffled. That is, until Miss Marple makes the connection between the murders and the children's nursery rhyme, Sing a Song of Sixpence. Building upon this scant clue, Miss Marple sets out to get to the bottom of this deadly mystery. In this case, rather than discouraging her help, Inspector Neele is man enough to admit that he needs Miss Marple's help, and they work well together unraveling this complicated tale of murder and intrigue. As you would expect from an Agatha Christie mystery, this one is full of red herrings and unexpected twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the final denouncement about just who did what to whom, and why.

Despite the serious undertone of this novel, Christie wrote it with a bit of whimsy and elements of humor abound, along with a solid dosing of misdirection and a fair sampling of unique and very British characters. This was a very fun mystery to try to solve before Miss Marple gives you the answer. In true Christie style, all the clues are there to enable you to solve the mystery - but can you find them all, before they are pointed out to you? A Pocket Full of Rye is a great addition to the canon of Miss Marple stories, and this large print edition makes it a real boon to those like me whose eyes are unwilling to struggle with small type and who simply love to curl up with a good mystery! Happy reading!!


A Pocket Full of Rye can be purchased directly from Ulverscroft.


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