A Pocket Full of Rye

A Pocket Full of Rye 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 tr

  • Title: A Pocket Full of Rye
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • ISBN: 9780062073655
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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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    • Agatha Christie

      Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller 1879 1950 , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller 1880 1929 , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920 During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.In late 1926, Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from 1968 after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in 1976 In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral Abney became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande

    347 thoughts on “A Pocket Full of Rye

    • It’s been a long time since I’ve read any Agatha Christie and it’s easy to let one’s brain flow back into her story telling style. Her books do have a comforting familiarity. Dry humor to set the scene; the murder; the investigation; more dead bodies; the red herrings; the revealing. No heavy lifting required. Like a pleasant spring day. This one is a Miss Marple and a decent read. It also provides an unexpected and emotional denouement.Here’s the kicker for me: I find it very quaint t [...]

    • Sing a song of sixpence,A pocket full of rye.Four and twenty blackbirds,Baked in a pie.When the pie was openedThe birds began to sing;Wasn't that a dainty dish,To set before the king.The king was in his counting house,Counting out his money;The queen was in the parlour,Eating bread and honey.The maid was in the garden,Hanging out the clothes,When down came a blackbirdAnd pecked off her nose.The title and parts of the plot of the novel refer to the nursery rhyme quoted above. Originally I gave th [...]

    • As anybody who reads the Miss Marple books knows, she often trains young housemaids, so they can go into service. When Miss Marple reads that one of the young maids she trained, Gladys Martin, has been found strangled - a clothes peg left on her nose - in the garden of the house where she worked, she sets off at once to see who did such a wicked thing. Murder had already visited the family, as the head of the household, Mr Rex Fortecue, was poisoned at work and, in his pocket, was a handful of r [...]

    • It was Miss Somers' turn to make the tea. Miss Somers was the newest and the most inefficient of typists. She was no longer young and had a mild worried face like a sheep. The kettle was not quite boiling when Miss Somers poured the water on the tea, but poor Miss Somers was never quite sure when a kettle was boiling. It was one of the many worries that afflicted her in life.She poured out the tea and took the cups round with a couple of limp, sweet biscuits in each saucer.That quote has very li [...]

    • Ποιος σκότωσε το Ρεξ Φόρτεσκιου; Η δεσποινίς Γκρόσβενορ, ιδιαιτέρα γραμματέας του; Η γυναίκα του Αντέλ και ο εραστής της Βίβιαν Ντυμπουά; Η κόρη του Ελάιν; Ο γιος του Πέρσιβαλ ή η γυναίκα του Τζένιφερ; Ο γιος του Λάνσελοτ; (η Παμ, η σύζυγος του Λάνσελοτ, αποκλείεται) Η οικονόμο [...]

    • Loved this - brilliantly surprising ending, and one of those ideal Christie solutions where everything turns on its head at the end and all the same facts suddenly look completely different. I would have given it four stars, except that Miss Marple didn't really (as far as I can see) have enough clues to lead her to the truth. She seemed to have magicked the truth out of nowhere. I know she's a genius about human nature, but I'd have liked a couple of more concrete clues to set her on the right [...]

    • Without a doubt this has been one of my favourite books in the Miss Marple challenge. It is not a novel I remembered reading and so it was wonderful to experience for the first time (maybe ?)As with a lot of the novels, Miss M is in it only fleetingly, but each appearance is worth waiting for in terms of insight and revelation, and yes I still see Joan Hickson every time.

    • Although Miss Marple is always the one who finally finds the truths, too bad she's not herself a real detective. I think I must look for such character in radical science-fiction dystopian feminist novels.

    • Book 12 for the Miss Marple Challenge. When I picked up my copy of this one, I found the first couple of pages has fallen out―so I used for the first time, the “preview” feature on GR to read the missing bit―so very glad this was available.The wealthy Rex Fortescue, a shrewd but unscrupulous man, is poisoned, falling ill just after having tea in his office, his pocket full of rye. While Mr Fortescue’s name and circumstances of his death merely hinted at the rhyme “Sing a Song od Sixp [...]

    • كالعادة لا يوجد مراجعات لروايات أغاثا كريستيوعليك أنت أن تكتشف هذه الإثارة وهذا التشويق بنفسك ♥

    • Agatha Christie is definitely one of my favourite author. I immensely enjoyed this book - an innocent cup of tea leads the reader on a path of exploration into the world of a very disfunctional family. This is a good Miss Marple mystery. Even though Miss Marple was not mentioned as often as I had expected. A Pocket Full of Rye contains many of the very best elements of Agatha Christie: vivid and interesting characters, a great set-up, and the clever "gimmick" of three murders all being cleverly [...]

    • I hadn't read a Miss Marple mystery in quite a long time. Glad I chose this one. I partly worked it out by paying careful attention, but as usual Agatha Christie succeeded in befuddling me in some aspects!What I love about Miss Marple is the way she compares character traits to someone she knows/ knew personally. Also, the way she uses her age and dithering manner to gain a level of comfort with the suspects is remarkable. Obviously us readers can see through her tricks! She's pink and cute and [...]

    • Another enjoyable reread. I remembered who the murderer was when (view spoiler)[Gladys (hide spoiler)] was killed. However, I did not remember the entire plot or the reason for the murder. It is a good thing that Miss Marple was nosy and went to the scene of the crimes. I'm not sure the detective would have figured it out without her.

    • 3.5* for this audiobook edition Miss Marple plays a smaller role in this book than she did in the Joan Hickson dramatization, which I found disappointing. However, Richard Grant does an excellent narration.

    • Agatha Christie loved to use nursery rhymes as a motif in her mystery novels for added creepiness. Sometimes it works perfectly, as with And Then There Were None or Crooked House (my favorite). Sometimes it feels a little forced, as with One Two Buckle My Shoe or, in this case, A Pocket Full of Rye. The premise is clever and also disturbing--the three murders that echo the rhyme (the king, the queen, the maid). I wondered how on earth Dame Agatha would explain the murderer's use of the rhyme wit [...]

    • Just what. I thought I had it all figured out. And I did, to some extent. But I definitely did NOT get the murder right. The one character I liked in this book (besides Miss Marple and Inspector Neele, obviously) did it??!?!?! I WAS SO WRONG. I DIDN'T BELIEVE THE WORST IN PEOPLE, WHICH I SHOULD OBVIOUSLY DO. Miss Marple says it herself. EVERYBODY is a suspect in these books. EVERY. BODY. GOT THAT??? Even that inconspicuous museum guard. He probably did it. Don't think "Oh the guard never does it [...]

    • Sing a song of sixpence,A pocket full of rye.Four and twenty blackbirds,Baked in a pie.When the pie was opened,The birds began to sing;Wasn't that a dainty dish,To set before the king?The king was in his counting house,Counting out his money;The queen was in the parlour,Eating bread and honey.The maid was in the garden,Hanging out the clothes,When down came a blackbirdAnd pecked off her nose

    • "There are coincidences. But they shouldn't happen too often"I've had multiple reads of this. And I have seen the films. Unfortunately, some of the films don't adhere that closely to the book. And then they can become confused in your mind. So I re-listened to a chapter or two, knowing that I had dozed off, and not knowing whether I missed something or the item I am remembering is from a movie and not from the book.It wasn't in the book. This is a multiple read for me. But always enjoyable.

    • Πολύ μυστήριο, φόνοι απροσδόκητοι και δύσκολο να καταλάβω το σκοπό τους… με κράτησε σε αγωνία και σε περιέργεια μέχρι και την τελευταία σελίδα. Στο μυαλό μου γύριζαν ένα σωρό ύποπτοι που θα είχαν λόγους να διαπράξουν όλους αυτούς τους φόνους, αλλά έπεσα έξω σε όλους.Το μικρ [...]

    • Agatha Christie liked using nursery rhymes as a unifying theme, and A Pocket Full of Rye, the only Miss Marple book to use this method, does this more strongly than in any other book. For those who do not remember both verses of the nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence,” let me include them here:Read the rest of this review, more reviews, and other wonderful, geeky articles on FangirlNation

    • Unbelievable- I found a Miss Marple I don't recall reading! Or if I did, I was very youngeither way, I know I've seen the BBC version at some point. Not sure if it was my beloved Joan Hickson or one of the other Marples. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and read it through in one rainy, cloudy, frigid winter Sunday - perfect! The local library has a beautiful collection of Christie books so I am able to indulge my current reading project of finishing Miss Marple in order and then Poirot - a much b [...]

    • Вітаю, міс Марпл. От ми нарешті й познайомились.Цієї зими, коли я читала Семкову "Як писали класики", несподівано зрозуміла, що з усіх згаданих у ній авторів, найменше я читала саме, як він її зве, "бабцю Аґату" (най тебе шляк трафить, вусатий пузаню, воно таки вчепилося!). Ну, под [...]

    • speaking of guilty pleasures! another book worth reading for the last sentence (or last pair of sentences) alone. christie springs that ending on the reader like a punch in the face. i have found few writers - in detective fiction or otherwise - who could match the sheer force of insight and unsentimental perspicacity of character introduced by christie here. or perhaps it simply feels that way because both the form and the intent are so seemingly casual. in any case, long live the mystery queen [...]

    • Απογοητεύτηκα λίγο με αυτό το βιβλίο της βασίλισσας του μυστηρίου. Απο την αρχή κατάλαβα τον ένοχο και τον τρόπο που χρησιμοποίησε και εκτός αυτού λέει στην περιληψη οτι το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο είναι άθλος της μις Μαρπλ. Δεν την αναφέρει σχεδόν καθόλου παρά μόνο σε 5-6 σελίδε [...]

    • Rex Fortescue is found poisoned in his office, with a handful of rye in his pocket, and Inspector Neele heads for the Fortescue home to investigate. Shortly afterwards, other deaths follow in the house. When Miss Marple reads of events in the paper, she realises that one of the victims was her old housemaid, Gladys Martin. Gladys was found with a clothes peg mockingly placed on her nose, and Miss Marple's indignation at this treatment leads her straight to the heart of the situation.Really enjoy [...]

    • Not a typical agatha book. This was my first miss marple book and the simple word building grabbed all my attention along with the fast pace mystery. No unnecessary details, fast pace , quite satisfactory end and certainly the simple but sophisticated tone of the book landed it 4 stars. The satisfactory ending of Agatha books are the best parts of them as well as characteristic quality of all her books.

    • My first AC book. To be honest, it has been a long time since I read anything remotely near or similar to a detective or crime story, but after this, I can definitely understand why AC fans adore her writings. I thought the writings were brilliant. Definitely my first of many AC books to come.

    • The plot of A Pocket Full of Rye didn't interest me as much as Christie's other Miss Marple books have and do; however, I was determined to read them in publication order. Whilst I only gave this three stars, it is a really well written, and very clever, mystery. Miss Marple herself does not appear until chapter 13, and despite being more engaging than They Do It With Mirrors, I still wasn't overly enamoured with aspects of it. It did tie together well however.

    • Meno avvincente degli altri libri già letti con “protagonista” Miss Marple. Inizia bene, ma risulta meno accattivante andando avanti. In più, la vecchietta compare solo a metà libro. Ho capito, comunque, di preferire Poirot, cervellotico e sornione.

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