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
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Critic Reviews

"Ingenious." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"A model of complex skulduggery." ( New Yorker)
"This is the best of the novels starring Christie's Miss Marple." ( New York Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gwynnion Kildare on 16-12-2017

The nightmare of my childhood - dreamy again

The Joan Hickson Miss Marple series was a staple in my house when I was little, and I was always quite fond of watching them. All except A Pocket Full of Rye. That one always felt too gory. It scared the hell out of younger me.

So purchasing this audio was by way of being an act of courage as well as an attempt at a corrective experience... and I must say it worked out marvelously.

Ms. Hickson is a marvel. Engaging, dramatic, subtly-voiced and remarkably skillful at bringing to life this terrible tale of murder and malice. She's taken my once-avoided source of dismay and transformed it into an instant favorite.

I very much recommend it. Worth every penny.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 17-11-2010

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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By Adrian on 05-09-2011

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Miss on 07-06-2018

One of Agatha Christie's best

Captivating, unpredictable, intriguing plot read perfectly by Joan. There is no other Miss Marple but our Joan :-)

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