A Pocket Full of Rye

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When a murder spree befalls a wealthy but troubled family, the death of an innocent maid Marple knew as a child compels her to investigate.

“Crime is a convention, pursuit an intellectual exercise, and it is as if the murderer of the odious financier did but poison in jest. The characters are lightly and deftly sketched and an antiseptic breeze of humour prevails.”

The Times Literary Supplement, 1953


About this story

First released

September 1953 (serialised in The Daily Express, UK)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery

Formats

  • Radio Play, 
  • Novel, 
  • TV

Recurring characters

  • Miss Marple, 
  • Inspector Neele

Murder methods

Setting

  • House

A series of murders disguised within a nursery rhyme, Miss Marple’s on the case with two of Agatha Christie’s favourite themes, this time following the rhyme 'Sing a Song of Sixpence'.

Published as a novel for Christmas 1953, it was well received by critics and public alike who had long been accustomed to looking forward to a good read for the festive season. The first adaptation was for film in Russia in 1983, titled Tayna chyornykh drozdov (The Secret of the Blackbirds). It starred Estonian Ita Ever as Miss Marple and remained set in England.


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A series of murders disguised within a nursery rhyme, Miss Marple’s on the case with two of Agatha Christie’s favourite themes, this time following the rhyme 'Sing a Song of Sixpence'.

Published as a novel for Christmas 1953, it was well received by critics and public alike who had long been accustomed to looking forward to a good read for the festive season. The first adaptation was for film in Russia in 1983, titled Tayna chyornykh drozdov (The Secret of the Blackbirds). It starred Estonian Ita Ever as Miss Marple and remained set in England.


Two years later the story appeared on UK television as part of the BBC’s Miss Marple series starring Joan Hickson, and was broadcast in two parts. It was then adapted for radio in 2005 by BBC Radio 4 with June Whitfield as Miss Marple.



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