Book Review
Title: A Pocketful Of Rye

Review Presenter: Nidanyaa.T
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Author: Agatha Christie 

Publisher: Harper Collins

Type of Book: Fiction 
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Setting : This story takes place in England.
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  1. Rex Fortescue
  2. Percival Fortescue 
  3. Lance Fortescue 
  4. Gladys
  5. Miss Marple
  6. Inspector Neele
  7. Mary Dove

Favourite character:

My favourite character is Miss Marple since I have a liking for detectives. Thus like all her other stories she handles it her way. Crime scenes are her habitat and she was sure that it was a tricky nursery rhyme when all the others thought she was crazy. I like her since she trusted her instincts.

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Rex Fortescue, a wealthy businessman is murdered at work and a handful of rye is found in his pocket. Soon after during the investigation, members of the household fall victim to a killer intent. Like her other book “And There Were None ” this novel too is based on a nursery rhyme.

Miss Marple, being the epitome of iron old ladies, in the Pocketful Of Rye is at it again when she is called to bring clarity on the death of the tycoon. Suspicions fall on his much younger wife but it becomes a mystery when she turns up dead. Following the demise of Elaine someone also killed a maid who was a former maid of Miss Marple. She is once again in her natural habitat, and proceeds to unravel the mystery when she finds herself involved with a nursery rhyme and dark, shadowy past.

Suspicions fall on Rex’s elder son, Percival , who is partner in the family firm and his daughter who isn’t amounted much. Another son, Lance who had fallen out of the family for years and had settled in South Africa along with his wife and some people who turn up dead. Percival too had been receiving threats.
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Message: Appearances can be deceiving and Never judge a book by its cover.
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My opinion: 

                    Starting sweet, I would say that it is one of the best detective novels I’ve read. Christie has written about the murder in detail in short instead of dragging it. It is a addictive novel as once we start reading the investigation it pulls us back into the story and makes us suspect the killer. 

Christhie leads us to suspect each and everyone after the demise of Gladys and Rex’s wife. I admit that I wasn’t able to guess the killer till the very last. It might be a disappointment for Miss Marple fans since most of the investigation was conducted by the police but still Miss Marple was right from the beginning till the end. It is a addicting mystery thriller which I’d settle for with during a rainy day…..