My first Agatha Christie of 2014, and it’s not even the end of January yet! This is a Miss Marple mystery, with happily a very small appearance by the elderly sleuth.
A Pocket Full of Rye is one of Christie’s nursery rhyme inspired stories. When Rex Fortescue is found dead in his office, poisoned and with rye in his pocket, Inspector Neele immediately begins investigating. Within days, two more people with the household are killed. One with poison while eating bread and honey, and a maid found strangled with a peg on her nose. Around page 95, Marple pops up, thinly explaining her presence (butting in to the case if course) by saying the maid used to work for her and she wants to solve the murder. Inspector Neele lets her, and of course she pieces the puzzle together to solve the mystery.
Like Sleeping Murder, Marple appears on very few pages of this, which in my opinion is a good thing as I’m not a fan. I enjoyed the nursery rhyme link and the quick succession of murders. I thought it was relatively slow paced though and the ending disappointed me slightly.
Overall I would give A Pocket Full of Rye 6 and 3/4 out of 10. Not quite worthy of a 7 I’m afraid. If you want to read a Miss Marple novel, both Sleeping Murder and A Murder is Announced are superior.
Coming next… Dead Cert by Dick Francis.