Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Pocket Full of Rye

A Pocket Full of Rye. Agatha Christie. 1953. 256 pages.

I really enjoyed this Miss Marple mystery. I'm not sure what more I can add to that. I mean, it's a mystery. A mystery with multiple victims. A mystery that kept me guessing until the very end--or close to it.

I always enjoy Miss Marple, she's such a delightful character. And I enjoyed this Miss Marple mystery very much. I wouldn't say it is my favorite and best Marple--but it's certainly worth a read or reread!!!

The first victim, Rex Fortescue, is a business man who dies in his office after drinking his tea. They're almost positive he was murdered--poisoned. But they're also positive the poison was not in the tea. Someone in his family--someone close to him--murdered him. But can they figure out just who the murderer is?

One puzzling clue--you may have guessed it--is a pocket full of rye in his pocket. But that's just one of many puzzling clues that abound in this novel!

I definitely liked this one!

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3 comments:

Diane 11:33 AM  

Love Agatha Christie and LOVED this one. Miss Marple is my favourite! Okay . . . now I have to go read it!

Annette Laing 10:28 AM  

Christie had such colourful ways of bumping people off... :)

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic 10:30 AM  

I still need to read an Agatha Christie mystery ;)

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